What Food Works Best To Attract Hummingbirds To Your Feeder
Hummingbirds will soon be appearing and you may be wondering how to attract them to your feeder.
Hummingbirds burn an astonishing amount of energy. They sustain themselves primarily with the nectar from flowers. Hummingbirds also eat soft-bodied insects and spiders.
Their energy comes from the nectar, and from the sugar water that goes into the feeders. Perhaps you were not aware that these mighty but tiny birds are a great companion to attract into your garden to help you with your bug control. We are all so familiar with feeding hummingbirds sugar water, but you can also help them with their need for bug consumption by setting out a banana peel or over-ripe fruit that will attract the tiny fruit flies.
The recipe you use for your sugar water is important. Mix one part of white cane sugar to four parts of water. You do not need to boil the water. Any fermentation that happens in the water comes from microorganisms found on the bills of the hummingbirds. Please store any unused syrup in the refrigerator. It is good for two weeks.
The reason for the one-to-four ratio is the 21% sucrose content is not so sweet that other insects are drawn to it, and experimentation has shown the North American hummingbirds like this ratio of sweetness.
Some people will say to use only distilled water, but it lacks natural minerals.
All sugar solutions will spoil at some point no matter what the temperature is. You want your feeder to contain clean, fresh liquid.
You will find packaged hummingbird food mixes in many garden centers in their birding section, such as Nektar Plus. These are not as advised as the water and sugar mixture. The reason is that although very useful in rehabilitation and lab conditions for these little birds, these mixtures are very quick to spoil in warm weather in the back garden feeders. You would need to change this mixture every few hours to offer your little flying friends the best you can offer them.
What shape of a feeder should you use? It would seem that these little birds are attracted by 'familiarity' more than style.
There is so much more to learn about this topic. Please visit the 'Hummingbirds' website below for more.
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