Do you have your hummingbird feeder out yet? We live in Texas and we've had ours out for a little over a month now. I always get ours out at the first signs that the little hummers are back. What normally happens is that I'm working in the flower beds or out in the yard somewhere and I hear one zoom by, then I go and retrieve the feeders and get them ready.
You can buy the premixed nectars at the stores so that all you have to do is add water, but as you probably already know, most of them have a red or pink color to them and they tend to be spendy.
I've been making my own nectar for years because my Granny and my Mama always made their own. This year, I was looking on Pinterest to see how others made their own nectar and found out that the red coloring is not good for the birds. I always added a few drops of red food color to mine in previous years, but now I have stopped doing that. As long as your feeder has some red on it, they will be attracted to it. Good to know!
DIY Hummingbird Nectar
4 cups water
1 cup sugar
1. Bring water to a boil
2. Remove from heat, add sugar and stir
3. Let cool completely
4. Serve to your hummers
Just in case you have a small feeder, the ratio is normally about 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of boiled water. Be sure to boil your water for at least a few minutes to get rid of all the yucky stuff they add to our drinking water. Please let the mixture cool before serving to the birds.
You may need to change out the nectar more often when the weather heats up. If your hummingbird water looks cloudy, please change it. Here in Texas it gets HOT! The nectar water will grow "green stuff" real fast if you don't watch it. Don't let your feeder get dirty, clean feeders help keep the birds healthy. I have learned from my own personal experience that a glass feeder tends to keep the nectar better than a plastic feeder.
It doesn't have to be done all at once. It is a slow process in the works! C-ya next time!
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