When you know how to feed hummingbirds, they appreciate it. There may not be enough natural food available and that's where we can help.
Hummingbirds have voracious appetites. They are always looking for more food.
Hummingbirds are high-energy birds. They burn a lot of calories every day. They eat every 10 to 15 minutes. They eat approximately twice their weight in food every day.
The hummingbirds are very happy to come to our feeders. Let's answer some questions you may have.
Hummingbirds' natural food is flower nectar. So plant and grow some of the hummingbird's favorite flowers.
Hummers supplement their diet with small insects and spiders for protein and other nutrients.
Some types of hummingbirds eat other things. The Ruby-throated and Rufous Hummingbirds have been seen eating tree sap from the holes made by sapsuckers.
The sugar content of the hummingbird’s favorite flowers is approximately twenty-five percent.
We all know hummingbirds like red, so feeders with red on them will attract the hummingbirds.
Glass or plastic feeders both work. The glass feeders are more durable. Plastic feeders work just, but they may warp after a period of time.
Hummingbirds spend about 80 percent of their time perching. Feeders with perches allow the hummingbirds to sit down while they are eating and stay at the feeder longer.
Start out using a small feeder. After you are getting a lot of hummers you will want to change to a larger feeder. Then you won't have to fill the feeders so often.
How to feed hummingbirds is fun and easy!
Put fresh hummingbird food recipe in the feeders once a week and
more often during hot weather.
How to feed hummingbirds includes keeping the feeders clean. Various fungus or bacteria can grow in the hummingbird feeders. They like sugar, too.
Even if the feeders are not empty, you still need to change the food once a week and give the feeders a thorough cleaning.
During hot weather you need to put fresh food in the feeder twice a week. Rinse the feeders with very hot water before you fill them.
Are you having problems with insects or bees eating the food? You can get a feeder with bee guards.
Or use a flying saucer shaped feeder. When you feed the hummingbirds, only fill the feeder partially full so the insects can’t reach the food.
If ants are crawling down the wire that holds the feeder and getting in the hummingbird food, you can buy or make a small water container to hang above the feeder and hook the feeder wire to it.
The ants won’t go through the water.
A second way to deter ants is to hang your feeder with monofilament fishing line. The ants can't hang onto the fishing line.
Hummingbirds are territorial and they may chase other hummers away to keep them from eating out of ‘their’ feeder.
So when you feed hummingbirds hang another feeder in a different spot where they can’t see it. That's how to feed hummingbirds.
They can defend only one feeder at a time.
Farther north you will start a bit later.
This normally would be by the end of September.
An important point about how to feed hummingbirds - Any late migrating hummingbirds will be able to find food on their trip south.
So if you live in those areas, how to feed hummingbirds takes a commitment to maintain the hummingbird's food all year.
My California sister lives where she gets lots of hummingbirds at her house.
One winter the snow caught a bunch of
hummers at her house. They stayed all winter. She sent me a photo of her hummingbirds coming to the feeder in the snow.
What an amazing photo!
She would bring the feeders in after dark to keep the hummingbird food from freezing. And put them out again before daylight.
Sometimes on cold days she would have to replace a frozen feeder with thawed hummingbird food from the house.