Tiny Farm – Tis The Season For Hummingbirds

Middle of February and many places in the south are seeing the first wave of hummingbirds migrating north to their spring/summer feeding and breeding areas. Planting long neck flowers like morning glory’s will attract and feed hummingbirds in your flower garden.

Having been called a tight wad, is not all bad. I have been putting out a small amount of hen scratch and corn chops for the welfare free loading birds as of late. Few of the migratory birds have arrived so far this year. Mostly I have a lot of black birds, starlings and grackles hanging around. They should be moving north to their spring/summer breeding areas soon and then I should start seeing the arrival of hummingbirds, purple martins, house finch and of course the ever present english sparrows at my feeders.

If you don’t have a hummingbird feeder, consider getting at least one. Not only do hummingbirds serve as pollinators for some flowers, they also eat a great number of small flying insects. Besides everything else they are a fun project and are fun and enjoyable to watch as they come to your feeders.

Contrary to popular belief, red colored sugar water is not needed to attract hummingbirds to your feeders. Make your own cheap and easy hummingbird feeder solution by mixing 1 party sugar to 4 parts water, heat until water reaches boiling temperature, remove from heat, stir until all sugar had dissolved. Cool and fill your feeders. Store any left over in an air tight container.

Empty feeders every 2 or 3 days wash with warm soap water refill with fresh sugar water. DO NOT use honey in your feeders. Honey will cause a bacterial infection on hummingbirds beaks and will kill them.

Why is common sense so uncommon?
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4 responses to “Tiny Farm – Tis The Season For Hummingbirds

  1. Thanks for this informational post. I have been meaning to get a hummingbird feeder for a while now. Our garden attracted a few last year, but I’d love to have more!

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  2. I didn’t know you don’t need the red food coloring! That’s great!
    Hi Nadine! 🙂

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  3. We had hummingbird feeders for some years. Over time, we have planted knowingly or unknowingly, enough perennials, berry bushes, and annual flowers that we have hummingbirds without feeders. Even though we have had a warm winter in our part of the Appalachian Mountains, right now only our resident woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, and gold finches are around. In March, the bluebirds will start their first nests. Then the hummingbirds come our way. Let them know we are waiting!
    Oscar

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  4. THANKS FOR MENTIONING THAT HONEY CAN PROMOTE BACTERIAL GROWTH AND HARM THE BIRDS.

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