Still waiting for my male hummingbird to show up. While I'm waiting, here are a few tips about feeding hummingbirds. First, make sure your hummingbird feeder has some red on it somewhere. Red excites the curiosity of the hummingbird and draws it to the feeder. If there's not enough red, add a red flower or a red ribbon. Once the hummingbird has found the feeder you can take the red flower or ribbon off. Second, make sure your hummingbird feeder is not too big. Bigger is not necessarily better because you have to change the nectar twice a week. If you only have three or four hummingbirds that's way too much nectar to throw out every week. Third, make sure you change that nectar twice a week. Sugar water can ferment in the warm weather. Hummingbirds don't like fermented sugar water. Think of drinking sour milk that's what fermented sugar water is to hummingbirds. It can also be harmful to the hummingbirds. Lastly, you can make your own sugar water. The formula is four parts water to one part granulated sugar. Boiling the water first makes sure the sugar is dissolved. Sugar water can be kept in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. Do not use honey or artificial sweeteners. Red food coloring is not necessary if there's enough red on the feeder. Good luck! The hummingbirds are in the area and should show up soon to your feeders!
I have been watching birds since a small child when I shared the joy of birdfeeding with my grandparents. In 1988 my passion evolved into Backyard Birds Nature Shop.