Best Hummingbird Feeder Designs

November 26, 2016 at 1:45 am

With the many hummingbird feeders available out there, choosing the right one can be difficult. However, when buying, you should look for the feeder that is sturdy, easy to mount, and is easy to clean. Modern feeders are often bowl shaped for easy cleaning, unlike the old barrel type models. They are also mainly made of polycarbonate for strength and durability. Below is a list of four best hummingbird feeders you would consider buying.

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1.The HummZinger Feeder
This feeder manufactured by Aspects Inc is one of the best in the market, and comes with a three year guarantee. It has a shallow pan that’s transparent. All round it is a continuous rail where the birds can perch. It has a top that’s 15 cm in diameter. Round its top are four ports for the humming birds stick their beaks to feed. It can hold up to 12 ounces of nectar. Cleaning it is pretty easy as it involves just lifting the lid and washing the inside. All corners are round and accessible and therefore nothing will be left during washing. It’s bright red in color to help attract the birds and is made of very quality material; unbreakable glass like polycarbonate plastic.

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2. The Perky-Pet Model 221 “Oasis”
It’s relatively cheaper, and therefore doesn’t come with very quality materials. Which may explain its one year guarantee. However, its design and the features make it to stand out.
It basically consists of a clear plastic container and a red cover. There is a socket in case you want to pole mount it. Round the cover is a perch. It also comes with an ant moat to keep away ants. And the amount of nectar it can hold is enormous, seeing that it stands at 16. Its therefore ideal for those who find their feeders emptied so often.

3. The Droll Yankees Model L-F “Little Flyer”This model Droll Yankees Inc of the USA and takes the shape of a saucer with a snap in lid. Its made from polycarbonate and therefore very strong and durable. The base is clear while the top is red to attract the hummers. It has three ports and is capable of holding between 10 and 12 ounces of feed. The openings to the ports are made small enough to keep away bees and wasps. There’s also and internal ant moat.

4. The Aspects Jewel Box Window Hummingbird Feeder Its a favourite for those with a sense of beauty for it elegant jewel box design. The hinged cover makes for easy lifting of the top when refilling or cleaning. It has suction cups and is, therefore, easy to fix anywhere, on walls, windows, and anywhere else you would prefer. It has three feeding ports, and can carry up to 8 ounces of nectar. It comes with a detachable ant moat and the perch is raised for easy bird viewing.

Armed with knowledge of features that make a good feeder, you will be able to wade through the items available and make the best buy. This will avoid the disappointment of making a wrong choice.

Types of Hummingbird Food

November 16, 2016 at 11:19 am

Hummingbirds are an enigma, there is always something new to learn about them. Nectar is the most predominant hummingbird food that is used to lure the birds to gardens. However, hummingbirds do not depend on nectar alone. They also feed on tree sap, insects and spiders so as to supplement their protein supply. Some hummingbird species have even been observed to ingest sand and ashes.

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Best Types of Hummingbird Food

If you want to attract these lovely birds to your home, you must understand the requirements needed to feed them and at the same time keep them healthy. As much as most of us would find it very easy to make homemade nectar for the birds, it is important to take precautionary measures so as to ensure that the health of the birds is not affected. It is recommended that one mixes one part of sugar in four parts of water when preparing homemade nectar. Always ensure that the sugar brand that you are using is pure and granulated. Avoid honey, artificial sweeteners, powdered sugar and brown sugar at all costs. This is because the chemicals contained in these products can cause illness and subsequent death of the birds. The other alternative is to purchase premixed nectar. However, avoid the red colored nectar because studies have indicated that it has a damaging effect to the bird’s kidneys. The mixture should also be frequently changed to avoid contamination.

Since hummingbirds cannot depend on nectar alone, planting flowers in the garden can be done so as to attract other insects that will serve as hummingbird food. The best flowers are those which have vibrant colors. You can always inquire from your local bird group on the flowers that will grow best in your locality. The recommended flowers include delphiniums, honeysuckles and trumpet vines. Apart from attracting flying insects, these flowers have nectar which is an alternative hummingbird food. Trees in the garden can also provide sap for the birds. Hummingbirds are also known to feed on juice from overripe fruits.

Resource: Hummingbird Food – Hummingbirds Plus

The maintenance of the feeders where the hummingbird food is placed is also very important. They must be thoroughly cleaned before refilling is done. Always use a mild detergent and rinse using plenty of water. You can soak the feeder in a solution of bleach and water at least once every month to ensure that it is free from any disease causing germs. Alternatively, you can sterilize them using a dish washer. You can also use a moat to protect your feeder from ants. Your feeder should be raised at least four feet above the ground and as far as possible from the nests so as to protect the birds from predators.

Hummingbirds are fascinating creatures that are loved by many people across the world. In the past, people used to hunt them because of their feathers. A lot of effort has been made to protect them although pollution and destruction of their natural habitat has taken a toll on these beautiful creatures. Feeding and ensuring that these birds have a hospitable environment to live in is a great milestone in conserving nature.