Question:I've had no luck with drawing hummingbirds. I have feeders both in the front yard and back yard. I get plenty of birds to my regular feeder and to my finch feeder, but no luck with the hummingbirds. Any advice out there?
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Apparently each area is different if you have a Audobon Society Book it gives good instruction on how to attract.
Approximately 12 miles from my home a lady has over 300 humming birds people donate sugar for her and bird watchers from all over the country come to view the birds. She said she has no idea why she has so many!
I have the Red and the Yellow trumphet vines plus feeders. I also have a few agressive male hummingbirds that are very territorial about the food.
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Gardening to Attract Wild Birds, Butterflies & Hummingbirds
It may take a while for the humming birds to find your feeder but once they have found it, you will stay busy refilling it throughout the summer. Once the humming birds start to feed at your feeder, you will be able to enjoy their beauty for months to come.
Plants for humming birds
Red trumphet vine
Yellow trumphet vine
golden trumphet vine
plant more flowers around... the more food they have around the more likely they will come around... flowers that have a trumpet like shape to them are usually their favorites... (hence the long beak)
Get some plants with flowers , especially red flowers and put them near the feeders.
They are attracted to red flowers, or any "tube type" of flower. I see them on my impatients, petunias. I planted a trumpet vine, so far it hasn't bloomed, but am hoping for this year, this is the 3rd year for it, and have heard it takes 3 years, but we have plenty of humminbirds in our area, so they are always going from house to house, feeding.
Sometimes it takes a couple of years for the hummingbirds to locate your feeder. When they do, they will NOT forget where it is... EVER! They will return every year on their migration path. Stock up on the nectar!
I hope this helps!
I don't know make the feed sweeter hummingbird feed is sweet juice
It can take a couple of years to attract humming birds, or it did for us at least. But once you do start to get them, they will be there every year.
Just keep the feeders out and keep a close eye out. They may be there and you just haven't seen them yet. They don't exactly hang out at the feeder, but they do hang close by in trees to keep other hummers at bay.
My husband insisted that I put out the feeders now, but I said that I have never seen them this early around here, but lo and behold as I was sitting on my back porch this morning..I saw this little fellow. I have one of those feeders that can be stuck to a window so I could get pictures of the better this year.
Like I said, keep the feeders out and keep a close eye out. You will eventually attract them.
uas a higher sugar to water ratio in the feeder. my aunt had the same problem and used a 60 40 ratio and made a syrup almost in the feeder and she has close to 30 hummingbirds that are at her house everyday mobbing her 5 feeders. she has confessed to me that she wishes that she hadn't used so much sugar as now it is messy to make the feed for them ;)
I get my feeders out early (End of April or when I'm confident it won't freeze anymore) to catch them just as they are finding places to settle for the season.
It could be that you are just missing seeing them.
The only times I have ever used humming bird feeders is when the feeders are all alone with no other feeders around and the feeders are right next to the house so you can see them when they do come. I have mine barely an inch away from the window. I did the same at another place. It's awesome to be just an inch or two away from them.
It's fun to be sitting there and suddenly, there they are!
They are so easliy missed if the feeders are out in the yard.
Try hummy feeders on one side of the house and the rest of the feeders on the other side. They don't seem to like other bird traffic.
Oh! yeah I also mix my feeder juice thicker than the directions say. ;0)
Good luck :0)
Go to a thrift store and buy a red shirt. Hang it near where you want the feeders. Once they find them you can throw the shirt away.
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