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Glass Hummingbird Feeders

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Published on Aug 22, 2015

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Hummingbirds are of the smallest and most beautiful species of birds that populate the planet. These petite and exotic birds create a humming sound by beating their wings which flap at high frequencies. This makes them not only a beautiful sight to look at, but an overall great fixture for gardens. Attracting hummingbirds requires a simple process of creating environments conducive to feeding these birds. Feeding them can be an effortless, inexpensive and pleasurable hobby. This article will detail some of the equipment and ways in which you can partake in this rewarding activity.

All one needs to attract hummingbirds are feeding equipment, commonly and colloquially known as feeders. Feeders come in different shapes and sizes, but glass hummingbird feeders are most popular and universal.

For a lot of users, the single most essential criterion when choosing a feeder is that it should be easy to clean and simple. In order to attract hummingbirds, it’s important that the feeder is not only clean but filled with fresh nectar. Glass hummingbird feeders are immensely useful for that reason. Additionally glass feeders last longer and can be sterilized easily compared to plastic alternatives. Given the extensive commitments of the modern lives, it is imperative that you choose a feeder that makes the task simple for you. Another advantage of a good glass hummingbird feeder is that it usually comes apart. This way you will be able to open the parts up for quick cleaning purposes. To make life easier for you and the bird, don’t invest in feeders that are too big.

Hummingbirds are naturally attracted to fresh and clean sources of nectar. However, there are simple ways to make the process of summoning the birds to your feeders. Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red more than any other color, and so a good glass hummingbird feeder will have an element of red in at least some degree. This roughly translates in hummingbird language to “Open for Business”. Even if your glass hummingbird feeder is not colored red, you may adorn it with red ribbons or tapes or other embellishments. You may even place a basket of red flowers close to the feeder to attract the bird. This will increase the chances of hummingbirds discovering the device and from there the nectar in the feeder will take over.

A lot of glass hummingbird feeders come attached with small perches. This is certainly not a base requirement but it has its own purpose. Hummingbirds don’t require special seating arrangements, but they will make use of a perch if one is made available to them. And you may get more out of it. Namely, this is the sight of a hummingbird attempting and succeeding in sitting still.

Cleaning of the feeders, as has been mentioned, is quite essential. It is recommended that the feeder be cleaned every three or four days. The frequency should be higher during the warmer spells of weather. You may find mold starting to collect in your glass hummingbird feeder at times. You should scrub it out with a bottle brush and keep the equipment clean. An alternative is the use of sand and water. Do not, it is imperative, do not use strong detergents or chemical cleaning equipment of the feeders. One way to avoid the mold altogether is rinsing the glass hummingbird feeder with warm water every time you change the nectar.

It is harder to attract hummingbirds to the feeders during the seasons when flowers take bloom. However, if you particularly enjoy this activity, you can put up two or three different glass hummingbird feeders in different parts of your home’s exterior. As great as the temptation to fill the feeders can be to attract the beautiful birds, try not to fill it up more than half full. This way the nectar won’t be wasted when you clean the feeder.

Lastly, in terms of preparing the nectar itself, you can concoct a solution easily at home. All you need is some sugar and water, in a one to four proportion. Boil and mix this solution well for a mere couple of minutes and refrigerate it to cool it down. This nectar solution does tend to attract ants and bees, but there are different glass hummingbird feeders available to tackle this concern.

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