You’ll be fine. There’s really no such thing as “feed”. You’d never feed hummingbirds anything prepackaged or anything with dye in it. You just use a mixture of one part white cane sugar toOur neighbor gave us a feeder with feed she found on bulk trash pickup day. I told my wife about changing the food out every 2-3 days, she doesn’t seem concerned. She is a set it and forget it typed guess.
Well we've started our(SF Bay Area) "Indian Summer"(Hardly any wind, low humidity, and high temperatures 85-105) so the weather will be very nice, least for hummers. Also it seems at least one species here doesn't migrate at all. Later.Looks like many of mine have started to go south. Week and a half ago I was feeding 9 cups of juice a day. Now it's down to about 4 cups a day.
Looks like many of mine have started to go south. Week and a half ago I was feeding 9 cups of juice a day. Now it's down to about 4 cups a day.
Last winter we had already had a hard frost and I was about to take the feeders down. My neighbor said the hummers were still coming to the feeders. I hadn't been watching as I thought they had already migrated. I read that they can go into a torpor and survive the cold spells if they can find a sheltered spot.Everything I've read about hummers says to leave your feeder up and filled, as there are stragglers passing through long after most have migrated, and a few may not be able to make the trip.
I think they go into a nightly torpor and that's normal but nothing like a hibernation. Put some grub out there in you aren't sure. later.Last winter we had already had a hard frost and I was about to take the feeders down. My neighbor said the hummers were still coming to the feeders. I hadn't been watching as I thought they had already migrated. I read that they can go into a torpor and survive the cold spells if they can find a sheltered spot.
They(The nervous ones) are nervous because it's not their territory and they know it. I have been watching the behavior of three hummers. A female who owns the territory, very experienced in watching it with several observation perches, she also sets up in ambushes amongst the leaves near the feeder in the tree holding it.we have a crew at ours. One is very possessive and chases others away when he sees them.
we did put the feeder where no plants were close (24 inches) This seems to let them look around and feeel comfortable sitting and drinking away. We had them closer to plants and they were nervouse drinking and would seldom sit.
The most often recommended recipe is 4parts water to 1part sugar. I just started feeding HB this summer.I recommend making the food yourself, I do about 1/3 cup of white sugar to two cups of hot water to dissolve it. Let it cool, fill the feeder and let it rip. Depending on where you live, you don't want to feed too late in the year as it can delay migration.
If you mix too much sugar in, your feed will grow bacteria that isn't good for the little fellas.
You are gonna love it once you're up and running, those guys are fascinating to watch performing aerial stunts.
The ones that frequent my feeder make all sorts of noise if someone is too close to the feeder and they are hungry, insistent little buggers
DO NOT ADD FOOD COLORINGMy feeders are clear plastic. I've always added red food coloring but some folks say this is bad. I thought food coloring was harmless.
Hummingbirds are very territorial and can viscous defending their claimed feeder.
ETA: Some folks don't know that the hummer's main diet is insects. The sugar water just gives them the energy to go bug hunting.
Fantastic, now how about a couple pictures at least, sure would like to see "Da Horde".We still have up to 50 hummingbirds at any one time (mile-high Southwest New Mexico).
I went from six Grateful Gnome feeders to eight this summer. I’ve tried and tried to get to the point I only need to refill all of the feeders every other day. It’s been running six feeders every day and a half. With eight feeders, I think I’m finally at every other day. Fingers crossed.