Blown glass hummingbird feeders are not just beautiful to look at but they also do a fantastic job of attracting more hummingbirds to your yard. With such feeders, it is relatively easy. However, you have to ensure that you use them properly to get the best results. Improper use simply cannot only limit their effectiveness, but it can also pose a danger to the health of the birds. Because of that, it is very important to make sure that you fully know how to use these feeders before placing them into your yard.
The first step is to choose the right feeder. Hummingbirds don’t really care about the size or shape of the feeder. Fortunately, this means it is possible to choose a feeder based on how easy it is to assemble and clean rather than solely based on how it looks.
Remember, hummingbird feeders require a considerable amount of monitoring and maintenance. The better you can make the task, the greater your chances are to keep up with it. Don’t get so caught up in picking on a feeder that looks nice that you overlook how they actually work.
Ideally, you should look for a feeder which includes perches for the birds. This allows them to conserve their energy while they eat rather than having to hover in the air.
Choosing a safe location where you could hang the feeder is also important. You don’t want to place it anywhere that may be easy for cats or any other predators to gain access to. Instead, it should be hung high up out of dangers way.
Watching the birds is easiest if the feeder is hung by a window. The main downside to this is the possibility that the birds can fly to the window. You can prevent this by purchasing a special film for your windows which allows the birds to see that glass is there. Alternatively, you can also try hanging a flag or windsock near the window to discourage them from flying in that direction.
As far as the feeder goes, you can either buy hummingbird nectar from the store, or you can make your own by mixing white sugar and water. Simply add one part sugar to four parts water and bring the mixture to boil on your stove. Stir until all of the sugar is dissolved, then remove it from the heat. Once it has cooled, you can use the mixture and fill your feeder. Never let your feeder become cloudy or moldy because bacteria and mold pose danger to the birds. Always keep your feeder clean. Change the nectar at least once a week.
These tips for using blown glass hummingbird feeders should help you attract more hummingbirds into your yard. Most importantly, however, they should help ensure that the hummingbirds that visit your feeder stay safe and out of harm’s way. The worst thing you would like is to put the health of one of these brilliant adorable birds at risk by using your feeder improperly.