Decorative Hummingbird Feeders

Questions and Answers

How do I make my own humming bird food?

Posted by smo5keyr
[display_name id=”1″]One part sugar to 4 parts water. (One cup sugar to 4 cups water) Do not add food coloring they don’t need it. Generally your hummingbird feeders will have red flowers in it, if you have a decorative feeder throw it away they don’t work and are to hard to completely clean. You will need to clean the feeder every other day during the spring and summer months and twice a week during the cooler months. There is a black mold/fungus that grows within the feeders. If you don’t change the sugar solution and the humming birds ingest the mold they will die (their throats swell and they cant breath or eat, saddest thing I have ever seen) When you use the decorative feeders you are not able to get into and clean all of the nooks and cranny’s and the mold will continue to grow. (just FYI)
The best way to keep squirrels off bird feeders?My family loves to feed birds. We have bird feeders in our yard. We have a problem keeping squirrels off them. We don’t want to spend money on those special feeders that spin, so we put up these cone-shaped baffles. If the squirrel tries to walk down the baffle, it is supposed to slide off. Somehow the squirrels keep getting to the feeders, and we don’t know what to do about it. Please help??

Posted by Purple Violin
[display_name id=”1″]If you mount your bird feeder on top of a 4-5″ PVC pipe, you shouldn’t have squirrel problems 🙂 Of course, the pole has to be at least 5-6 feet tall. We have simple wood bird feeders on this type of pole and the squirrels cannot climb up – no need for fancy hoods or cones! We paint ours brown to blend with the surroundings but you could be creative and make them decorative as well. BTW – thanks for feeding the feathered friends!!
How can I keep birds from pooping on my patio and lawn furniture?I have a nice patio and nice lawn furniture but everyday when I got out to sit, there is bird poop all over my patio. Any suggestions on keeping the birds away?

Posted by Madison72
[display_name id=”1″]There really is no way to keep wild birds from flying where they choose, however, there are a few things you can do that will make your area less inviting to them. Keep bushes and tree’s (places where they roost and hide) away from your patio. Decorative items that spin (the same effect as a scare crow blowing in the wind) makes them cautious and shy to go near. They have decorative wind socks, chimes, and those little spinning wheels that do the trick. Make sure there are no bird feeders or bird baths in the area as well. Hope this helps.

Humming birds chasing each other away from feeder

Hummers guarding the food sources.

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