Homemade Hummingbird Food - Tips to Attract those Wonderful Birds
If you love hummingbirds, then you're probably looking for a way to make homemade hummingbird food.
This is not unusual, but you should know that in addition to making food for hummingbirds, there are other ways that you can draw hummingbirds to your backyard.
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Consider the right plants
If you have the space in your backyard, you might want to take a double approach to feeding the hummingbirds. This will increase your potential for natural sightings of these little darlings by planting the right kind of flowers to draw them in. This is one of the best ways to make sure that you're always seeing hummingbirds.
Pick a piece of land and make a hummingbird garden or plant some of these flowers that hummingbirds love throughout your gardens. When you use them in combination with hummingbird feeders, you'll find that your gardens are full of life and you'll have tons of sightings. For a good balance between hummingbird feeders and plants, you'll want to choose plants that are different heights and sizes that will work well with your other plantings.
Add some bee balm, geraniums, flowering tobacco, or fuchsia to your flower beds mixed in with your other plants to give hummingbirds a place to stop no matter where they are in your yard. If you're working with limited space, consider using planters. You can also plant vines, such as honeysuckle and trumpet vine. Just make sure that you have something strong for these plants to climb on, because they are very hardy in most zones and will need strong support.
Once you've added your hummingbird friendly plants, it's time to get some hummingbird feeders. This will ensure that these little guys are happily buzzing around your backyard again and again. Consider interspersing feeders within your flower beds and around your yard to provide plenty of opportunities to spot these tiny little birds.
When you're filling your feeders, consider using homemade hummingbird food. Homemade hummingbird food is cheaper than the store bought kind, and many people who have been watching hummingbirds for years swear that you'll draw more of them by making your own hummingbird food than if you go buy it.
Whether you're choosing to make your own hummingbird food because you want to save money, or you want to draw more hummingbirds, once you start feeding them, you should make sure that you keep changing the food and keep the feeders clean.
Since this homemade hummingbird food is so easy to make, you'll find that you can make plenty to fill all your feeders and it won't cost much at all. Simply add one cup of white granulated sugar to four cups of water and boil until the sugar has dissolved. Make sure that you boil your homemade hummingbird food to be sure that you kill any microbes and boil off the chlorine in the water, because these can make a hummingbird sick.
Homemade hummingbird food is easy to make and you'll find that if you have lots of hummingbird feeders, it's much more economical and one of the easiest ways to keep the tiny little birds fed and happy all the time.
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