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Humming Bird Feeders
First, it's important to note that hummers are migratory birds. Where you live will determine what time of year you'll see the birds. Their instinct to migrate is very strong, so leaving your Humming bird feeders out year round will not cause the birds to stay in one place. You will generally start to see humming birds in the spring once the weather is warm and then through out the summer.
The best way to initially attract hummingbirds to your yard is to create a hummingbird garden. Hummingbirds, like most birds, are attracted to their food by site, not smell. So brightly colored flowers send out a big loud message that says, "Food is here"! Some easy to grow favorites are:
Shrimp plant,Canna,Morning Glory,Lantana and Snap Dragons. Simply place several types of flowers around your yard in your existing landscaping. It's very important to avoid pesticides on your flowers. Hummingbirds can ingest the pesticides when trying to feed and kill them. Pesticides also kill off the small soft-bodied insect and spiders that are the mainstay of the hummingbird's diet.
Essentially Hummingbirds need the nectar to power the insect eating machine that they are. The nectar provides the energy that they need, while the soft-bodied insects and spiders provide the protein. Banana peels that are overripe are good to set out to attract the flies for your Hummingbirds. I have a box of bananas and within a short period of time, I am inundated with flies.
Now back to the Hummingbird feeders.
Perky Pet Humming bird feeders offer endless designs for you to choose from. Some models come in the shape of strawberries or apples. Their body shape is bright red, which helps to attract the birds attention as Hummingbirds love the color red. Its shatterproof and holds about 48oz. of nectar. If your Hummingbirds prefer one style over another, its probably simply a matter of familiarity. If you change feeders, it may be in your best interest to hang the old one empty alongside the new one. I would recommend the HummZinger and similar well-designed basin feeders for their ruggedness as well as their ease of maintenance.
You then have the Hummingbird Oasis feeder varieties from Perky Pet. These Humming bird feeders have a built-in ant moat that is between the feeding ports and the rod. With 6 feeding stations each has an individual perch and yellow flower feeding port.
Some suggestions for where to hang you Humming bird feeder. Hang you humming bird feeder near plants that humming birds naturally feed from. This will ensure that they find your feeder and identify it as a food source much quicker. Once they are familiar with your feeder, try hanging outside your window, so you can watch them as they hover to feed. Its a magical moment to watch as these small balls of energy feed from your feeder.
Here's the recipe for artificial nectar (syrup):
Use one part ordinary white cane sugar to four parts water.
Store unused syrup in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Generally the body of most Humming bird feeders is red. This is an invitation to dine in your garden to any hummingbird passing by, bringing a profusion of color to your garden.
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