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May 09, 2010 09:45 |  #1

I just bought a feeder. I red glass bottle with four flowers in the bottom. Does Anyone know the best "nector" to fill it with? Right now I am using just water and sugar. It has only been up a couple days and I have seen a couple birds already but they don't seem interested in staying. It has been pretty cold lately too.
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May 09, 2010 10:08 |  #2

I have found that one part sugar to 4 parts water works pretty good, although make sure you change it at least once a week and clean thoroughly, when it gets warmer change twice a week.
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May 09, 2010 10:27 |  #3

Thanks.... and nice shot too!


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May 09, 2010 11:07 |  #4

I know they sell a premade hummingbird mix at wal-mart..It lasts me about a month and only costs 5 dollars. You get it in the garden center. Kind of looks like red koolaid. When you get it, dilute it with some water and only fill the feeder half way, that way there's not too much of it that gets sour in the heat. The hummingbirds here love it and they are always hanging around.

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May 11, 2010 17:36 |  #5

Thanks much I will try the pre-made mix next chance I get to buy some. Great shot too!


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May 11, 2010 17:54 |  #6

Sugar water is best, 4:1 or even 3:1 in early spring after their long flight. The red junk from the store has been on the shelf for months, or longer. No one really knows. Never use honey, it causes cancer in their beaks. Be careful when changing the sugar water, if you take it down during the day and they want a drink, they may leave and not come back. Take it down well after dark or have two of them and only take down one at a time. It takes time to attract them, so just leave it up. And leave them up late into the Fall, cause there will be birds migrating through well after the first snow, and they will need the energy. :)


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