Attracting hummingbirds is great entertainment, especially on your patio or back deck.
If you would like to attract hummingbirds, then you need to plant some flowering plants that are red and orange, and a few bushes around that they can hide in. They don't like to feel to open when feeding.
At our house there are many crows flying about since we live next to a corn field, the little hummingbirds will feed and if they see or hear a crow, they instantly park themselves in the bushes nearby.
To the same area as these flowering shrubs you should now add a hummingbird feeder or two. The best feeders are ones with the red flowers or orange metal or plastic flowers that attract them. You can get some beautiful looking feeders
I have been attracting hummingbirds to my yard for a long time, and I have found the perfect recipe for the hummingbird food. You can buy the red prepared product that you add water to, but I personally have found I have more luck and more hummingbirds, if I make my own food.
You don't need the liquid to be red, in order to attract the hummingbirds, as the feeder itself with do the attracting with the fake red or orange flowers. You simply need a good tasting product, and they will be busy at your feeder for your enjoyment.
Things You Will Need
Here is my simple hummingbird food recipe:
1/4 cup regular white sugar (do not use diet sugars or brown sugar or icing sugar or splenda, you MUST use regular sugar as they need the energy)
1 cup water.
Put the one 1/4 cup of sugar in a small saucepan, and then add the one cup of water.
Bring to a boil while stirring and boil for one minute. Then take off the heat, and put the lid on the saucepan and let cool naturally.
Once this is cool you can now pour it into your cleaned and dry hummingbird feeder.
NOTE: If you just bought your feeder, then make sure you rinse it out well, before you add your food.
I know this means some boiling and a bit of messing compared to the prepared product, but the activity at the feeder went right up when I changed to the homemade version of the hummingbird food.
We are constantly entertained by them. We live north, and the little hummingbirds only start showing up here around the third week of May Around that time I start putting out the feeders. You may not see much activity at first, but keep putting out fresh food every few days and they will soon show up.
In the heat of the summer, I will change the food twice a week, to keep it fresh, but at least by boiling it, it seems to keep it stable. But that gives me a chance to clean it out.
NOTE: When you go to change the food and clean the feeder, make sure and do it after dark. Make this a evening project, because they need to eat every 10 minutes, when they have their young, and will become used to your feeder being there. So do this after dark, when they are in bed!, and there will be plenty of entertainment for you this season!