What to feed the hummingbirds?
March 3, 2020 at 4:22 am #7830
Richard ManionParticipant1 pt
Hi everybody. I am Richard Manion and I have just joined the community.
I have a hummingbird from a close friend of mine. I really like it, but I’m curious what I can feed him. To be healthy and not depress the bird. Someone please help me.
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March 16, 2020 at 4:27 am #7971
I use 2 parts water and one part sugar. Bring water to a rolling boil remove and add sugar. You can make ahead and store in refrigerator. I set it out when the feeder gets low. I have 6 feeders and they love this sugar water. Can’t wait to see my first tiny friend.This post has received 2 votes down.
March 16, 2020 at 12:14 pm #7995
In the natural world, hummingbirds feed on a combination of flower nectar and insects. Flower nectar is a simple chemical solution of sugar and water. Hummingbirds seem to like table sugar best and it is the most digestible. Please don’t use food coloring, honey, brown sugar or sugar substitutes, as they can be harmful to hummingbirds. Making your own nectar ensures that there are no preservatives or food coloring. Using tap water will add electrolytes if your water is hard. If it is soft, add just a pinch of salt to a quart of nectar. Too much salt and the hummers won’t drink it.
To make your own mixture, bring the water to a boil and stir the sugar into the hot water at a ratio of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. The solution will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Making your own nectar is easy and often superior to using packaged mixes, as our experience has shown that hummingbirds prefer homemade sugar water.This post has received 1 vote down.
April 15, 2020 at 7:41 pm #8278
I’ve been feeding hummingbirds for fifteen years. First in Californa, now in Michigan and the mix of the food is 1/4. I make up 3 to 4 gallons at a time because in Californa I would have 50 to 60 birds to feed. I used Sunny D jugs to make my mix. I put 32 oz. of sugar and add about 60 oz of boiling water. Now with the lid on tight, shake it until the sugar is dissolved. Add hot tap water until full. Put in the back of the frig until cold. Don’t let this get warm or you will drive the birds away. This food will last for 4 to 6 weeks. Don’t use milk jugs with boiling water!! They have a bad in that they like to splitThis post has received 1 vote up.
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