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Old 02-12-2009, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Broward County
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I just bought two hummingbird feeders since I noticed a hummingbird in the back today. Question is, do I need to buy nectar mix or can I simply just use sugar water. If so, what is the ratio and can I use tap water or does it have to be distilled water ?

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Old 02-12-2009, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Somewhere over the rainbow in "OZ "
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Here's a recipe ... Hummingbird Feeding Hints enjoy
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Old 02-12-2009, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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Here's a recipe ... Hummingbird Feeding Hints enjoy
Thats what I use, they love it!
Just make sure you change it every few days and clean the feeder well. Old nector can kill hummingbirds.
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Old 02-12-2009, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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I as well use the 4:1 ratio of boiling water and sugar. One word of caution on storing your nectar in the fridge would be to lable it! While it won't harm you it is a jolt when you are expecting cold water.
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Old 02-12-2009, 03:53 PM
 
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Lets see some pictures of those Hummingbirds...... One bird I miss, seems their not around here on the east coast of FL. At Least not my yard.... just Buzzards
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Old 02-12-2009, 04:25 PM
 
Location: ROTTWEILER & LAB LAND (HEAVEN)
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Default Check out other Hummer thread.

We've been feeding these spoiled little birds for over 13 years.
1 c. sugar to 4 c. tap water. For many years we boiled ours. Last year we found out you don't have to boil it, just make sure it's mixed well & sugar is disolved. It's better to make only what you need.
You can fridge excess, but it will be cold, plus putting the cold mixture out in hot/humid weather it will spoil faster.
Make sure you change out your feeders every couple days.
Also use bleach to wash your feeders with. It kills the mold/bacteria that will kill hummers. Rinse in hot tap water well. Let feeder dry out.

We go thru 8 cups of sugar water a day. Yes a day. They drink those feeders dry in the summer. Ours get so use to us out on the deck, they fly right up to us. I've taken a lot of great photos. Several are on this site.
We try to count them, but that's almost impossible to do. We average 50 hummers in the evening right before dark, that's when they feed the most. Guess they want a full belly before they go to sleep. Then it's the same thing all over again the next day. Can't wait for them to get here. That's usually towards the end of April to mid May around here.

Oh... and once you start feeding them...you can't stop, cause those little birds will tell you about it. They squak at us if they've emptied their feeders & we don't notice that exact second.
It's also good to plant several flowers that draw the hummers. Whether it be in the ground or in pots. They love hibiscus, impatients, any type of tublar blossom.

Have fun...you'll get addicted to them.
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Old 02-13-2009, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Broward County
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Thanks for all the tips ! Can't wait !
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Old 02-13-2009, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Brookfield, Illinois
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One thing I always wondered about when I lived in Arizona is why my hummingbird feeder was so jealously guarded by just one or two birds, while other feeders got dozens of them. The bird at my feeder spent all of his time making sure no one else could get near it.
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Old 02-13-2009, 05:04 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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I just bought two hummingbird feeders since I noticed a hummingbird in the back today. Question is, do I need to buy nectar mix or can I simply just use sugar water. If so, what is the ratio and can I use tap water or does it have to be distilled water ?
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Heydade, I'm envious! We won't begin to see hummers here in the Colorado mountains until the end of April. We've been feeding ours for 13 years now and every spring it just amazes me when they show up at our window. Everyone gave you good advice - no store bought nectar and no boiling needed.

Sillypups, we used to boil ours too but the hummers go through it so quickly there is no need to.

ihynes, the hummer that could be guarding your feeder may be a Rufous. All About Birds: Rufous Hummingbird
We get them in July for 2-3 weeks. They are pretty, but also pretty nasty to the other birds. I have some photos on my profile.

Enjoy your hummingbirds!
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Old 02-14-2009, 05:20 AM
 
Location: Eastern Kentucky
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The little suckers dive bomb me if I let the feeders run out. Gotta love 'em. Something smaller than my thumb letting me know it is ticked off at me!
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