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Old 09-30-2014, 07:23 AM
 
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I know very little about birds other than they fly and chirp. Sunday I looked out the window and there was a hummingbird getting a snack from some blue flowers (another subject I am light on). Anyway...I was thinking about putting out a humming bird feeder but wasn't sure if they migrate and maybe its too late in the season. I am in south Louisiana...maybe they are here year round? I am only here while on a job for another 6 months. Wouldn't mind looking out the window and seeing some while watching football and drinking beer.
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Old 09-30-2014, 09:20 AM
 
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Yes, many hummingbird species migrate...but the ones we have up here are probably down in your area by now. Go ahead and put out a hummingbird feeder.
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Old 09-30-2014, 11:56 AM
 
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I'm in GA, and the hummingbirds are still very active here.

Make sure to keep your feeder clean, and change the nectar every couple of days. I make my own, 4 parts water to 1 part sugar, boiled and cooled.
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Old 09-30-2014, 01:47 PM
 
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I am also in South Louisiana. My hummingbird activity has reduced considerably, but I'm still getting quite a few.

Get a decent feeder, use the formula posted above by Mattie. You don't have to boil it for long, just bring it to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Make sure it's cool befor you fill your feeder. (Contrary to some opinions, the nectar does NOT need to be red!)

Hang your feeder in the general area where you saw the bird, you should attract him, maybe more of them.

I have a couple winter over last year. I always keep a feeder out just in case.

Good luck! Let us know how it goes!
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Old 09-30-2014, 04:07 PM
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Location: Memphis - home of the king
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We refrain from using a teflon coated pan to boil the syrup, since hearing that microscopically a little doesn't get in the mix. Just in case, we don't want to put that into the birds' biochemistry. And of course, as others said, let it cool.
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Old 09-30-2014, 06:41 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies. I'll give it a go. So just sugar and water though? I saw some stuff in Albertsons called humming bird food you would think there is more stuff in flower nectar.
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Old 10-01-2014, 09:58 AM
 
Location: In The South
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bjh, good thought about the teflon.

born, you can use the pre-made hummingbird food. But they do come to the feeders for plain sugar and water.
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Old 10-01-2014, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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I've taken mine in because it's snowed here and I haven't seen any hummingbirds for a week. But in the south I would leave one out until you don't see hummingbirds anymore. I use one cup sugar to three cups water, boil it to get rid of the chlorine and other additives, or you can buy the premix feeder stuff at Walmart.
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Old 10-10-2014, 12:30 PM
 
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I put one up on the 2nd just used sugar and water, the next day when I got home from work I saw some using it. Tried to get a picture but they sure are quick. They aren't the one's with the red neck (although you would think here in Louisiana they would be...joke). Nice to see them though.
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Old 10-10-2014, 03:12 PM
 
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Most likely you are seeing the female Rubythroat. Leave the feeder up all winter, western species sometimes spend the winter in the South.
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