So you’ve got your Hummble and you’re ready to start making some longtime friends. What’s next? You’re halfway there already. Use the tips below to send out the official invitation to Hummingbirds far and wide.
The Ideal Spot
Although we like to say to place your feeders in sunlight so that their reflections are eye-catching, it’s also important that they get some shade. Nectar can spoil after just a day or two in the hot summer sunlight. To avoid this problem, position your Hummble feeders in spots that get some afternoon shade so that they’re protected from the hottest part of the day. We suggest hanging your feeders under a tree with speckled shade and sunlight so that they will still catch birds’ attention.
5 Stars for Cleanliness
If your yard has limited options for shade, your Hummble might end up in the sun. It can’t always be helped, but don’t sweat it. As long as it’s kept clean, a feeder in direct sunlight is just as effective as one in the shade. It’s recommended that you clean your feeder regularly, but this goes double for a feeder in the sun. The schedule is once a week for shaded feeders and once every 3 days for sunlit feeders. Discard old nectar and wash the feeder with soap and warm water. Rinse, dry, refill and re-hang.
You may have heard some debate over this, but it is indeed a fact that a red feeder attracts more hummingbirds. Hummers are instinctively attracted to the color and are therefore naturally inclined to swoop down and investigate anything sporting it. This is one of the big reasons our Hummble for Hummingbirds is so popular among Hummer fans. To hummingbirds, a bright red feeder is like a blinking light in the dark.
Though they’re partial to red, hummingbirds aren’t dismissive of other colors. They’ll feed at any plant with nectar to offer. Tubular, colorful flowers tend to get the job done, and it’s a good idea to check out what fitting plants are native to your area. Plants also serve as a reliable protein source. Hummingbirds eat pollen and snatch insects from plant leaves and spiderwebs to get the protein they need for growing feathers. Native plants support a greater concentration of insects and spiders available as prey for hummingbirds, so avoid the use of pesticides.
Feed them the Good Stuff
Feeder Nectar is an easy recipe. Boil a mixture of 1 part sugar, 4 parts water and let it cool. Fill your feeder and you’re ready to go. Do NOT add red food coloring to the mix, as it is harmful to hummingbirds.
As many of us have witnessed, hummingbirds can be extremely territorial and often times aggressive with other birds. That being said, position your Hummble feeders in a separate area of your yard than feeders that cater to those larger bird types. Hummingbirds will also fight each other for a spot at the table, so it’s best to hang more than one in areas that are shielded from view of each other.
Out of Harm’s Way
It’s important to keep your feeders at an elevation above the reach of cats and other predators. The placement should be far enough away from windows in order to avoid the risk of collisions.