What is the best way to attract hummingbirds to your feeder?

What is the best way to attract hummingbirds to your feeder?

15 March, 2010 (02:20) | how to attract hummingbirds | By: admin


I saw a hummingbird in our back yard two separate times last week, so I set up our new hummingbird feeder near the area where I saw them. Yet they haven’t touched the feeder. How long should I wait before moving it?

Use 4 parts water to one part sugar as the nectar, nothing else is needed. They should find it quickly. Adding flowers to your yard that attract hummers are the best addition that you can do. See a great site on hummers at:
http://www.rubythroat.org/

and there is a Yahoo newsgroup with good info at:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HummingbirdHobnob/

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Comment from hollyhawk
Time March 15, 2010 at 7:36 am

A great way to attract them is tieing red ribbon on it so that they’ll see it and think its a flower. Good luck!
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Comment from monmon2
Time March 15, 2010 at 8:24 am

have a hummingbird noice maker and about 2 weeks
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Comment from guru
Time March 15, 2010 at 8:46 am

Place something colorful and busy near the feeder. Flowers, of course, are the best, but fake flowers will do the trick, too. Hummers even check out your pretty laundry!
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Comment from deanryandavis
Time March 15, 2010 at 9:04 am

There are some plants that have a bright red flower that attract hummingbirds. I don’t know the name of it, but my Mom has them in her yard. I have seen feeders that have nectar in it that has this bright red color. I wouldn’t move the feeder. The more you touch it, the more of your scent gets left on the feeder.
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Comment from merlin
Time March 15, 2010 at 9:35 am

we live in a protected biosphere with over 150 different types of birds,
I have been told by avian experts that hummingbirds are attracked to a mixture of water and sugar, or honey,,,
try that…..
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Comment from Junk
Time March 15, 2010 at 10:18 am

Use 4 parts water to one part sugar as the nectar, nothing else is needed. They should find it quickly. Adding flowers to your yard that attract hummers are the best addition that you can do. See a great site on hummers at:
http://www.rubythroat.org/

and there is a Yahoo newsgroup with good info at:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HummingbirdHobnob/
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see above, and general experience.

Comment from tczwilkins
Time March 15, 2010 at 10:37 am

They may be using it and you are missing them, they don’t always stay around for a while.
Our feeders are bright glass balls and even when they’re empty the birds come to feed, so I would definatly make sure they are nice and bright – red seems to be the most popular.
We fill ours with a simple sugar solution.
The website below gives you tips on how to keep them around at the feeder for longer!
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http://www.hummingbirds.net/hainsworth.html

Comment from K T
Time March 15, 2010 at 11:16 am

To get hummingbirds to come up to our house, we planted flowers that attract them plus the feeders.
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Comment from CF_
Time March 15, 2010 at 11:36 am

Make sure the feeder is red or has red on it as this is the color that attracts them – never use red dye in the sugar water as red dye was found to be slowly killing them, I wouldnt move the feeder – sometimes it takes a while – the feeder we set out last year has twice as many birds this year.. and I am sure more will be coming next year
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Comment from jodycat2@verizon.net
Time March 15, 2010 at 11:44 am

my wife put fake red flowers on the shepard’s hook that held our feeder and now ( at last count ) we have 12 hummingbirds.
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Comment from palmbaychuck
Time March 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm

You need to provide them with nectar. Frankly, water with sugar in it is all that they crave. In addition, make sure that your feeder is red. They like that because it resembles a flower (but avoid yellow because that color seems to attract insects).

Good luck!

http://www.humbirds.com/
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Comment from poopymcdoodoo
Time March 15, 2010 at 12:28 pm

whistle
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Comment from Zoe Ann Hinds
Time March 15, 2010 at 9:06 pm

It may take some time for the hummingbirds to find your feeder, especially if you have never before had one in your yard. If the birds still haven’t found it after two weeks or so then you might want to consider moving it elsewhere in your yard. You can hang the feeder near some plants in your yard which are known to attract hummingbirds. You can also attach a red ribbon to the feeder to draw attention to the feeder. If you have had hummingbird feeders in your yard before, place your feeders in the same location each hummingbird season because hummingbirds have excellent memories and therefore they will return there again and again.