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.
Thank you so much
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.
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.
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