Hummingbird Feeders

In order for a hummingbird to maintain it high levels of energy they need to keep their metabolism at its optimum level and they primarily get their energy from flower nectar and sugar water which can be found in a hummingbird feeder.

The first hummingbird feeder to be made available commercially was designed by Laurence J Webster in 1928 as a gift for his wife after reading a story from the National Geographic regarding using small glass bottles to feed hummingbirds.

However, today there are many different designs of hummingbird feeders available and which can be brought from garden centers, discount marts as well as online. Most of the hummingbird feeders that are available today are either made from plastic or glass or ceramics.

However because a hummingbird will not naturally recognize a hummingbird feeder as a food source they need to learn how to use them. They achieve this by watching what other hummingbirds do and also through their own natural curiosity. Often you may find that should you decide to change the type of hummingbird feeder that you are using to feed yours then it will take them some time to recognize a new one.

A good way of helping them to recognize any new feeder is by placing the old one beside (but keep it empty).

What you do need to think about however when looking at buying a hummingbird feeder is not just the design of it but also how easy will it be to take apart and clean. Also go for the type of feeder which your hummingbirds are actually more comfortable with as well.

Keep in mind that, if you feed hummingbirds, big feeders are not always better. One hummingbird will drink about twice its body weight (less than an ounce) a day.

Early in the season, hummers are territorial and won't share a feeder. A sixteen-ounce feeder can be wasteful, or even lethal, because artificial nectar (sugar water) can ferment in the hot summer sun.

A two-ounce feeder is more than enough for one hummer. Increase the size of your feeder depending on your location and how many hummers you see in your yard.

Many people find that the basin style hummingbird feeder is the better option compared to the upside down bottle range. But which ever one you do decide upon you will soon be able to enjoy the thrill of watching these beautiful little birds going about what comes naturally to them.

You can make your own hummingbird nectar by adding 1/4cup of sugar to a cup of boiling water. Remember, sugar water will ferment when left in the hot sun, turning nectar deadly. Do not put out a nectar feeder if you are not willing to clean it at least weekly, preferably twice a week.

Hummers eat insects for their protein. There is no evidence that these tiny birds need vitamin and mineral supplements. There is also no evidence that adding red food coloring to nectar will harm the birds, but it probably is not necessary to attract them. Just put your feeder near red flowers or buy a red hummingbird feeder.

There is no evidence that feeding hummingbirds after Labor Day will keep them from migrating. In fact, it may help a weakened straggler refuel for the long haul. Leave your nectar feeders out until the birds stop coming.