Black-chinned Hummingbird, © Photo by Steve Kaye

Feed Hummingbirds

How to Feed Hummingbirds


Black-chinned Hummingbird, © Photo by Steve Kaye, in blog post: Feed Hummingbirds

Black-chinned Hummingbird, Male


If you want to feed hummingbirds, here’s what to do:

Step 1️⃣ – Buy a feeder that is easy to clean.

Why? Because you will need to clean it every 2 to 3 days. Otherwise, after a few days, the feeder will become yucky, and in turn, dangerous for hummingbirds.

Note: “Yucky” is a non-technical term that implies buggy, contaminated, dirty, infectious, moldy, and otherwise toxic.

Step 2️⃣ – Place the feeder in a good location.

First, put the feeder at least 5-ft (1.6-m) above the ground. This will protect hummingbirds from being caught by roaming cats.

Next, put the feeder near flowers (because flowers will attract hummingbirds to your feeder).

By the way, “near” equals within 3 to 20-ft (1 to 6-m).

And put the feeder near shrubs or small trees (because these plants provide places where the birds can rest or hide between feedings).

Tip: If you set up two feeders, put one out of sight from the other. That way, an aggressive hummingbird won’t be able to chase other hummingbirds away from both of them. [ Hummingbirds know that it’s easier to defend a food source than to find a new one. ]


"Allen's


Step 3️⃣ – Mix the feed.

In this case, the recipe is:

Ingredients

🔹One part Cane Sugar

🔹Four parts Plain Water

For example, add One Cup of Cane Sugar to Four Cups of Water.

Note: One Cup can be the universal measure of a (clean) coffee cup, tea cup, or any measuring cup.

Directions

🔹Boil the water to eliminate any bacteria. Then add the sugar. And let the sugar water cool before putting it in the feeders.

Now you’re ready to feed hummingbirds, unless you changed the recipe. In that case, please note:

Never Use:

#1 Brown sugar – Contains iron, which is toxic to hummingbirds.

#2 Molasses – Contains brown sugar (and thus iron, which is toxic to hummingbirds)

#3 Honey – Contains bacteria that are toxic to hummingbirds.


"Allen's


And never (as in Never!) Feed Hummingbirds:

#1 Artificial sweeteners

#2 Dyes

#3 Flavorings

#4 Fragrances

#5 Preservatives

#6 Vitamins

#7 Soft Drinks or Any Beverage Mix

Since hummingbirds eat twice their body weight in nectar each day, these chemicals can poison a hummingbird’s system.

So keep the recipe simple.

Just feed hummingbirds a mixture of One Part Cane Sugar and Four Parts Water.

Note: You can expect other birds, such as woodpeckers and orioles to visit your hummingbird feeder. They help, too, by eating ants.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

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Did You Know?

The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.

Here are two organizations that excel at doing this.

Please visit their web sites to learn about how they are making a difference.

✅ The Trust for Public Land

✅ American Bird Conservancy

Here’s an outstanding book about bird conservation: Bird Conservation


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1Comment
  • Moty Koppes, MCC
    Posted at 12:48h, 27 July

    I truly enjoyed your wisdom and your generous tips regarding how to feed hummingbirds. One hardly can capture everything regarding feeding the hummingbirds in one place. Well done!

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