Tuesday, May 6, 2008

For the Birds

Please ~ Make your own Hummingbird Food …

Hanging a hummingbird feeder where you can easily see it is the best way to watch hummingbirds in action.

Please do not buy expensive hummingbird nectar that contains harmful food coloring - make your own ~ from this simple ~ Hummingbird Nectar Recipe …
Recipe ~ 1 part pure cane sugar ~ to 4 parts water ( rain water or tap water)

first ~ Boil the water for 5 mins. ~ then measure and add sugar ~ at the rate of 1/4 C of sugar to 1 C of water ~ that's it.
This is the way I do it ~ I measure a little extra water into my 2 cup glass measuring cup ~ the water evaporates some when it bowls ~ pour the water into a pan and let it boil 5 minutes ~ then pour the water right back into the glass measuring cup ~(now you can see exactly how much boiling water you have) add 1/2 Cup of sugar ~ stir to dissolve ~ let cool some on the counter ~ (when cool) ~wrap the top tightly with sarah wrap ~ then into the refrigerator until I'm ready to fill the feeder ~ Done!

I use a tall Shepard’s Hook ~ the kind that you use for hanging plants ~ I set it in the ground ~ right outside the backdoor of my kitchen ~ it's a high traffic area ~ it doesn't stop the hummingbirds from making frequent stops at the feeder to take a sweet drink.

Since hummingbirds are territorial, you may want to hang two feeders - one in the back yard and one in the front~ to accomodate as many hummingbirds as you can.

You will need to clean your feeder every few days or so ~ you will be able to tell ~ use hot soapy water and a ~ water and vinegar solution (to inhibit mold) Rinse very thoroughly before refilling with nectar.

Some common flowers that will natural attract hummingbirds to your garden are ~ Bee balm, hollyhock, hibiscus, trumpet honeysuckle, clematis, impatiens, phlox and fuchsias.

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