How to Feed Hummingbirds

By eHow Contributor
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If you enjoy the sight of darting hummingbirds in your garden, hang a hummingbird feeder in your garden. Place it near a window for a close-up view of the fast-moving creatures. To keep them coming to your garden, ensure that you fill the feeder properly and clean it thoroughly. With proper maintenance, your feeder may become a popular stop for the neighborhood hummingbirds.

Step 1

Purchase a hummingbird feeder, which are designed to accommodate the fast-moving birds. Choose one with a perch if you want to glimpse them while they are still, and find one with red on it, because hummingbirds seem to be attracted to the color. Pick a feeder that is easy to clean and fill.

Step 2

Keep the feeder filled with nectar. Make your own by boiling 1 cup sugar and 4 cups water in a pot on the stove. Allow the mixture to boil for five minutes, stirring regularly, then let it cool completely.

Step 3

Fill the hummingbird feeder with the sugar water. Place any excess in the refrigerator. You will need to use the sugar water within a week.

Step 4

Hang your hummingbird feeder outside in a location visible to you from the house. Clean and refill the nectar regularly, at least once a week.