With spring coming, so comes the sounds and sights of the birds coming back to brighten our days. One bird that my children and I love to see are hummingbirds.
A couple of years ago I brought a few hummingbird feeders and the hummingbird nectar. When I ran out of the hummingbird nectar, I was complaining to my mother about having to buy the expensive food when she suggested that I make my own.
So I did some research and found a recipe for hummingbird food. I also discovered a few things to remember when feeding hummingbirds. Use only white cane sugar and water. Do not use red dye or other additives. The use of honey or artificial sweeteners will kill the hummingbirds, so do not use.
Clean the feeder with hot water at each refilling. Once a month, clean the feeder with 1 tbsp of blech in 1 quart of water then rinse with hot water throughly. You can also use undiluted white vinegar.
Here is a list of some annuals and perennials that are attractants for hummingbirds:
Red Hot Pokers
Hummingbirds are insect and spider eaters. So having them around your home will help cut down the insect and spider population in your yard. The sweet nectar from flowers and the sweet food source from your hummingbird feeders give your hummingbirds the power to feed on those pesky insects. Keeping hummingbirds in your yard is easy and fun!
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