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How to Attract and Feed Hummingbirds

How to Attract and Feed Hummingbirds

Since most hummingbirds migrate, feeders should be put up in time for their arrival. This will vary greatly depending upon what part of the country you call home. Learn the ETA for your area at and get your feeder up 5-10 days in advance.

Tips for Attracting Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds do not have a keen sense of smell and rely on bright colors to find their food. They are particularly fond of the color red. You can attract their attention by placing the feeder in your garden among flowers that hummingbirds prefer like Petunias, Geraniums, Begonias or Fuchsias.

Nectar Recipe

  1. At the beginning of the season the ratio of sugar to water is 4 cups water to 1-cup sugar.
  2. At the end of the season (mid-August) it’s 5 cups water to 1 cup sugar.
  3. Hummingbirds need the most energy at the beginning of the season when they are raising their babies. At the end of the season the mixture should be weakened so the birds will migrate.

When to Take Feeders Down

Migration is based on the changing day length (photoperiod), not food supply, so taking your feeder down before they leave will not prevent them from migrating. But if you leave your feeder up until at least two weeks after seeing your last hummer, you could be helping nourish any younger or weaker birds yet to leave.

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  1. I just moved into a retirement community in a lovely town but my apartment is so tiny I am having a lot (Real Lot!) of trouble finding space for things. I also adore gardening, but my neighbor has taken over both of our spaces. I am looking at the trellis and a raised bed to diplomatically get her to want to surrender some of the space to me next spring.

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    I hope many of these items and ideas will still be available, and look forward to seeing what you add.
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    1. Hi, Ruth –
      Thank you for commenting! We’re so happy you enjoy Country Door 🙂 We hope to continue to provide you with inspiring home decor ideas and products as you settle in…Enjoy your new apartment!
      -The Country Door Team

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