hummingbirds and hummingbird feeders


hermanntrude
#1
I'm in edmonton, as I know a few of you are. Any tips on finding the critters and designing and/or buying a feeder?

I've found several online but not sure what's good and what's not. I've made some red origami flowers as well to act as an enticement
 
#juan
#2
Herman there is only one type of feeder that reliably gets humingbirds to feed and that is the simple liquid feeder like Toningtons picture. They come in several different shapes but they are all the same feeder. You can buy the liquid food but it is just sugar and water....Mix 4 parts water to 1 part table sugar

www.backyardbird.ca/page/page/2169933.htm (external - login to view)
 
hermanntrude
#3
thanks for the link Juan. I had found some but they were more expensive than that. I've made some red flowers to add to the display, thought I might tie some red ribbons to the railings too. i read somewhere that someone did that and it worked for them
 
#juan
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by hermanntrudeView Post

thanks for the link Juan. I had found some but they were more expensive than that. I've made some red flowers to add to the display, thought I might tie some red ribbons to the railings too. i read somewhere that someone did that and it worked for them

They are definitely attracted to the colour red. If you have a bit of red around it will help and if the birds are around they will come to your feeder. Once they find your feeder they seem to put your feeder on their schedule and they arrive at about the same time every day
 
hermanntrude
#5
clever little buggers
 
hermanntrude
#6
i'm so excited i might actually see these guys, they've always been rather mythical to me.
 
karrie
#7
Oh wow Juan, those are some awesome looking feeders... I love the little window one, it's exactly what Hermann needs, IMO.

And Hermann, Lee Valley must have quit selling the cheap little bottle adapter I was going to suggest. I can't find the darn thing anywhere. It would have been ideal, since it's not a large investment. Ah well. You'll find something I'm sure.
 
L Gilbert
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by hermanntrudeView Post

I'm in edmonton, as I know a few of you are. Any tips on finding the critters and designing and/or buying a feeder?

I've found several online but not sure what's good and what's not. I've made some red origami flowers as well to act as an enticement

Bright flowers (origami should work too). Lack of cats. Um, don't use processed sugar in your feeders, try demerara sugar or unpasteurised/homogenised honey.
 
hermanntrude
#9
why no white sugar? Ive seen it reccomended. I'll use brown i spose...
 
darkbeaver
#10
I love hummingbirds and dragon flies, I love watching them dance in the air. If only I could fly like that for a little while.
 
L Gilbert
#11
Quote: Originally Posted by hermanntrudeView Post

why no white sugar? Ive seen it reccomended. I'll use brown i spose...

People do use it but I read somewhere that the more natural the food, the better for the bird and so far, my regulars are all really healthy.
 
L Gilbert
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaverView Post

I love hummingbirds and dragon flies, I love watching them dance in the air. If only I could fly like that for a little while.

Get yer ears to grow more.
 
#juan
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

Bright flowers (origami should work too). Lack of cats. Um, don't use processed sugar in your feeders, try demerara sugar or unpasteurised/homogenised honey.

Most of the books on the subject recommend plain white sugar. It is also the simplest for mixing. You use boiling water to kill any bacteria. The feeder could stay out for three or four days. If it starts to ferment, I'm told the yeast will kill the birds. One thing we have to realise is that Brown sugar or demerara sugar is just white sugar and molasses.
 
L Gilbert
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by #juanView Post

Most of the books on the subject recommend plain white sugar. It is also the simplest for mixing. You use boiling water to kill any bacteria. The feeder could stay out for three or four days. If it starts to ferment, I'm told the yeast will kill the birds. One thing we have to realise is that Brown sugar or demerara sugar is just white sugar and molasses.

Yup, and white sugar doesn't have the added goodies that demerara does and isn't natural, so what? My birds prefer honey in water, but they still go for the demerara avidly.
 
#juan
#15
Here is an article (external - login to view) by Penny Elliston (external - login to view), a licensed hummingbird rehabilitator, about the dangers of relying too heavily on commercial mixes.
Please, do not put honey, Jell-O, brown sugar, fruit, or red food coloring (external - login to view) in your feeder! Honey ferments rapidly when diluted with water and can kill hummingbirds. The effects of red dye (external - login to view) have not been not scientifically tested, and it is not necessary to color the water to attract birds to your feeder. Further, there are unverified reports that red dye (external - login to view) can cause tumors in hummingbirds; this may or may not be true, but why take the chance?

Here's the recipe for artificial nectar (syrup):
  • Use one part ordinary white cane sugar to four parts water.
  • It's not necessary to boil the water. The microorganisms that cause fermentation don't come from the water; they are transported to the feeder on hummingbird bills.
  • Store unused syrup in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
This mixture approximates the average sucrose content (about 21%) of the flowers favored by North American hummingbirds, without being so sweet it attracts too many insects.
 
hermanntrude
#16
excellent. thanks for the facts
 
L Gilbert
#17
Well, I guess my birds have very strong guardian angels or something. Perhaps they're like cats and have multiple lives. I don't fill my feeders and change the fluid (if there's any left) at 2 days. Anyway, they aren't keeling over and dying everywhere. About the insects, I have a trap for them away but not too far away from the feeders, in those traps is the really sweet stuff that bugs like and it keeps the bugs away from the feeders. Easily made from 2 liter pop bottles.
 
L Gilbert
#18
My next project is new bat-houses.
 
darkbeaver
#19
Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

Get yer ears to grow more.

I did a quick calculation considering my added winter wieght I'd need thirty- seven square meters of areodynamic ear.
 
Toro
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by hermanntrudeView Post

I'm in edmonton, as I know a few of you are.

And let me offer you all my humblest apologies!

Quote:

Any tips on finding the critters and designing and/or buying a feeder?

I've found several online but not sure what's good and what's not. I've made some red origami flowers as well to act as an enticement


Just stand outside wearing a red jacket. Eventually, they'll come up to you and try to eat your jacket, thinking you're a big, giant bird feeder. No kidding, I used to see this at the lake in Saskatchewan. They're not very bright.
 
selfactivated
#21
Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

Yup, and white sugar doesn't have the added goodies that demerara does and isn't natural, so what? My birds prefer honey in water, but they still go for the demerara avidly.


Kim next door uses honey too, she's got TONS of them around. She uses a simple dollar store feeder and Voila! Humminbirds gallour and I watch them on her side anf the woodpeckers on mine LOL
 
L Gilbert
#22
Quote: Originally Posted by darkbeaverView Post

I did a quick calculation considering my added winter wieght I'd need thirty- seven square meters of areodynamic ear.

roflmao.
 
karrie
#23
Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

My next project is new bat-houses.

I love bats. At our house, the insects, for whatever reason, hover near the hot tub, so while you're soaking away in the hot tub, the bats are swooping around, scooping up moths and such. So neat. If we'd stayed we were planning on doing houses as a family project, just to entice more to the yard, but, alas, off to the city we go. LOL.
 
hermanntrude
#24


these might help :0)
 
selfactivated
#25
awwwwwwwwwwwww
 
#juan
#26
Quote: Originally Posted by karrieView Post

Oh wow Juan, those are some awesome looking feeders... I love the little window one, it's exactly what Hermann needs, IMO.

And Hermann, Lee Valley must have quit selling the cheap little bottle adapter I was going to suggest. I can't find the darn thing anywhere. It would have been ideal, since it's not a large investment. Ah well. You'll find something I'm sure.

Sorry I missed your post karrie. I've been running around all evening. Btw we have two old feeders that will adapt to a mason canning jar. When we lived on Gabriola Island we had literally dozens of hummingbirds come to eat/drink When we filled the feeders and were hanging them up again the greedy little sods would be trying to feed before we got them hung.
 
karrie
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by #juanView Post

Sorry I missed your post karrie. I've been running around all evening. Btw we have two old feeders that will adapt to a mason canning jar. When we lived on Gabriola Island we had literally dozens of hummingbirds come to eat/drink When we filled the feeders and were hanging them up again the greedy little sods would be trying to feed before we got them hung.

No worries with missing it juan.
I think hermann ended up going with the one I felt he should have gotten anyway. lol.
I've seen a few different 'adapter' style feeders, from ones that screw onto pop bottles, to rubber cork ones that fit into a variety of containers, looking especially nice with wine bottles.
 
L Gilbert
#28
Quote: Originally Posted by karrieView Post

I love bats. At our house, the insects, for whatever reason, hover near the hot tub, so while you're soaking away in the hot tub, the bats are swooping around, scooping up moths and such. So neat. If we'd stayed we were planning on doing houses as a family project, just to entice more to the yard, but, alas, off to the city we go. LOL.

There are bats in the city, too, hun.
 
hermanntrude
#29
i got this one:

 
L Gilbert
#30
Quote: Originally Posted by #juanView Post

Sorry I missed your post karrie. I've been running around all evening. Btw we have two old feeders that will adapt to a mason canning jar. When we lived on Gabriola Island we had literally dozens of hummingbirds come to eat/drink When we filled the feeders and were hanging them up again the greedy little sods would be trying to feed before we got them hung.

Yeah, for little buggers they can be pretty aggressive.
 

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