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I have a zillion of these beauties!!! Does anyone else put food/feeders out for them?? I have got to get a picture of these things...they are so fun to watch!! I wonder though, it seems like they spend 1/2 the time chasing each other away from the feeder,lol....whats up with that??
post #2 of 8
They're territorial, you should hear how much they squawk and squeak at each other.

Sometimes we feed them, when we do there's usually 2-3 males and a couple females. There's always one male that tries to guard the whole feeder for himself.

Earlier I went to step into the garage and had a hummingbird fly passed my face. For some reason they like to come in our garage.
A couple years ago I spent a few hours trying to get one out of there so it wouldn't die in the heat... not easy to do, they're very stubborn little birds. I eventually just reached up and grabbed the thing off of a wire it perched on, they're deceptively loud when scared/angry.
post #3 of 8
I just posted a thread about bird feeders! I'm thinking about getting one, someone just posted in my thread about how you can make your own nectar for them instead of having to buy it! I'm gonna have to try it out!
post #4 of 8
Not sure if anyone mentioned it there, but you have to change the sugar water somewhat frequently. It tends to spoil quickly in the summer heat.
And to keep wasps off the feeder spouts you can put a tiny bit of cooking oil, just don't put it anywhere the birds may perch or you'll have angry hummingbirds.
post #5 of 8
Yup - I feed them! Love birds - and in particular the little hummers!
post #6 of 8
We have a feeder we put out every year. We love watching them buzz (or should I say hum) around, and so do the cats
post #7 of 8
I use kool aid in our feeders too...........my FIL told me about that little trick.You just got to change the stuff in it after a day or two.It's cheaper in the long run and then you can give them a bigger variety of flavors.
post #8 of 8
I love hummingbirds! I wish I would get more. I try to have at least two feeders out and I have tons of native plants with flowers to attract them. It is cheaper to make your own, just make sure you let it cool down a lot after making it (I put it in the fridge to cool down and keep it in there until I need to change it). It should be changed weekly if not earlier depending on how hot it gets. If it is in there too long, it will start to mold and you don't want those hummers getting sick!
FYI, you don't need to put red dye or food coloring in it. They will find it and I try to keep it as natural as possible since that's how the flower are producing it. I try to keep it chemical free.
If you want to make it yourself, bring 4 cups of water to boiling, add one cup of sugar and let it completely dissolve. Then let it sit enough to where you can pour it in a container and let it cool down in the fridge before putting it in the feeder.
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