Hummingbird Feeding Tips
Never use honey or
artificial sweeteners. Do not use red dyes.
It may take a week or
so for a hummingbird to start using a new feeder, especially if they have been
feeding from other feeders in the same area. It they continue to feed from only
one type, try changing the location of your feeders or taking one down for a
while. Hummingbirds are creatures of habit!
flowers and insects, in addition to nectar supplied by a hummingbird feeder. To
increase your chances of seeing hummingbirds, plant perennial and annual
flowers they are attracted to such as honeysuckles, salvia, larkspur, trumpet
vine, petunias, nasturtiums, penstemons, fuchsias, and lilacs. Other favorites
include bee balm, columbine, Indian paintbrush, and monkey flower. It is well
known that hummingbirds are attracted to red flowers, but they also visit all
other colors. Geraniums are wonderful hosts for spiderwebs, the building
material of hummingbird nests!
A hummingbird's tongue
is very long: an average of twice the length of the beak. Therefore they can
reach nectar up inside of our tube feeder or all the way down to the bottom of
our top-feeding vessels. Our patented flower feeding tube guides their tongue
to the nectar in the vessels.
Keep your feeder very
clean with PAR·A·SOL ® Cleaning Brushes. A dirty feeder causes
bacteria to rapidly grow, which will cause the nectar to go bad. Hummingbirds
will reject a feeder with fermented nectar. Clean your feeder regularly and
diligently: every 5 days in cool weather, every 2-3 days in hot weather. We
recommend frequently cleaning the glass and feeding tubes using a 1:5 white
vinegar rinse. Clean at least every 2 weeks with a 1:10 bleach solution. Always
rinse your feeder and feeding tubes very well before refilling.
To discourage ants,
try one of our Ant.Moats.
Do not allow solution
to freeze in feeder. Store inside during winter.
To make the perfect hummingbird nectar:
Combine 1 part white
cane sugar to 4 parts water. Bring to slow boil for 2 minutes. Cool before
pouring into feeder. Excess may be stored in the refrigerator.