It’s easy to attract hummingbirds almost anywhere in the United States if you create favorable habitats and simply put up hummingbird feeders.

  • Choose a hummingbird feeder that is easy to clean and has some red on it.
  • The best place to put your feeder initially is near red tubular flowers that are attractive to hummingbirds.
  • Good flowers include impatiens, salvia, bee balm, etc.
  • Although hummingbirds feed at flowers of various colors, they are most attracted to red.
  • Try to place the feeders where they will be protected from the wind and where there is some shade
  • Fill the feeders with a sugar-water nectar solution.

The nectar sold at All PET is appealing to hummingbirds because it approximates the ratio of sugar to water found in the nectar of many popular hummingbird flowers.

 

(Did you know that hummingbirds also will eat a variety of insects and spiders, which give them protein, besides just nectar? Now you know!)

 

  • Maintain your hummingbird feeders by cleaning and refilling them every two days during hot weather; in high temperatures, the nectar solution could mold or spoil.
  • Scrub your feeders with hot water and a little vinegar.
  • For really tough cleaning jobs, use a mild bleach solution. After cleaning, thoroughly rinse.

In most areas of the country, hummingbird feeders should be left up until there is a hard frost

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WHY?

Leaving up the feeders will not cause the hummingbirds to delay migration; they know instinctively when to migrate. Leaving up the feeders may actually help migrating hummers, who will pause to refuel at your feeder.

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