Tips For Buying A Hummingbird Feeder

Choosing a hummingbird feeder can be a fun experience. Shop around! There are styles and designs to suit everyone's taste and decor.

Many people enjoy feeding and observing wild birds, but setting out a hummingbird feeder offers a truly unique experience. It's a genuine treat to be able to watch a hummingbird up close, and the best way to get the opportunity to do so is by placing a hummingbird feeder in your yard. Attract them and they will return!

There are many different designs of hummingbird feeders, but only a couple of basic styles. There is the dish or saucer style, which resembles a flying saucer when suspended, and there is the tube or bottle style, which is the type most people think of when asked about hummingbird feeders. You can always hang up both types and see what your local hummers prefer. You might find a broader variety of bottle types to choose from, with various glass or plastic designs and shapes. Do consider, however, ease of cleaning. Feeders need to be kept clean to ensure the return and health of these fascinating birds.

Before you shop, think about placement. Do you want to be able to view the hummers from a window? Do you have a favorite garden area you'd like to attract them to? Once you've decided on the perfect place, start shopping! You can find feeders on the Internet, in garden stores, specialized bird shops, home improvement centers, and even certain grocery stores. The selection is greatest either online or in a bird shop, so if you are looking for variety or something a little more unique, try those first. If you just want a basic feeder, hit one of the other places, and you'll find this can be an inexpensive hobby. They can cost as little as $7.00 and will go upwards from there.

There is commercial liquid feed available at the places that sell the feeders, but you don't need to buy it. Hummers get the majority of their nutrients from natural flower nectar and insects, and what they will consume at your feeder is simply energy. The basic mixture of sugar water is exactly that: sugar and water. Mix up four parts of water to one part of white cane sugar, boil it for a few minutes and you're done. This syrup will keep in your refrigerator for up to two weeks and it's inexpensive and easy to make.

It is advised that you clean your feeder each time you refill the nectar by flushing it with clean water. If any mold or mildew appears on it, you can soak it in bleach prior to rinsing thoroughly. Hummers will not drink from a dirty feeder, so if you notice they have not been seen near it as much, check the cleanliness of it. Bees and wasps may be attracted to it as well, so pay attention to that factor when buying. Most feeders come with a "bee guard" to prevent those pests from drinking, but be aware they may try anyway.

Once you've placed your feeder, sit back, relax, and wait to hear the hum of the hummingbird's tiny wings. They are truly fascinating to watch and will offer you many hours of entertainment.

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