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Where to hang your feeder or feeders – once you start, guaranteed you’ll have to have more than one – is up to you and layout of your home and yard.
If you have an open porch this is a great place or from tree branches. Most people look for spots where birds can be seen; after all half fun comes from watching these little dynamites. Feeders that mount to windows with suction cups are another alternative.
What To Fill Them With:
Two choices here, pre-made solution or hand made, choice is up to you. I personally have done both but if you prefer to make your own following is standard recipe.
1)One part ordinary white cane sugar to four parts water.
2)Boil water is you wish however it is not really necessary.
3)Store unused syrup in refrigerator for up to two weeks.
If you choose to make your own solution, do not add honey as it ferments very rapidly and can be fatal to birds. Also addition of red food coloring is not necessary, they will find food without it.
Maintenance of Feeder:
Sugar and water mixed together will ferment – not good for birds – which limits it’s usability, this can happen very quickly during hot summer months.
Therefore when temperatures range between 60-85 degrees – or higher – mixture really should be changed about every three days, of course if you happen to have a few Hummingbirds visiting your outdoor diner then you will be refilling about this amount of time anyway. If you should notice any cloudiness in mixture change it right away.
Before refilling feeder be sure to thoroughly clean feeder with warm soapy water and rinse very thoroughly. This is where having a feeder that comes apart easily is important.
Attracting these wonderful little birds is not only entertaining it’s also beneficial as they also eat insects.
Plant some Bee Balm, hang a container filled with a beautiful Fuchsia plant and last but not least put up a feeder.
You’ll find that having your peaceful afternoon snooze on porch interrupted is worth it.
If you would like to learn more about Hummingbird following web site are filled with lots of great information.
The Hummingbird Society -www.hummingbirdsociety.org
The Hummingbird Web Site - www.portalproductions.com
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