Glass hummingbird feeders are not only beautiful to look, they also do an excellent job of attracting more hummingbirds. Using these feeders are relatively easy. However, you have to make sure that you use them correctly to get the best results. Improper use can not only limit their effectiveness, but can also pose a danger to the health of the birds. It is important that you fully understand how to use these before you place them in your yard.
The first step is to choose the right glass hummingbird feeder. Hummingbirds don't really care about the size or shape of the feeder. Fortunately, that means that you can choose a feeder based on how easy it is to disassemble and clean rather than solely based on how it looks. This usually means choosing a basin style feeder rather than a bottle feeder, simply because they are easier to get apart for maintenance.
Remember, glass hummingbird feeders require quite a bit of monitoring and maintenance. The easier you can make the job, the more likely you are to keep up with it. Don't get so caught up in choosing a feeder that looks nice that you forget about how it functions.
Ideally, you should also look for a feeder that has built-in perches for the birds. This allows them to conserve their energy while they eat rather than having to hover in the air.
Finding a safe location where you can hang your glass hummingbird feeders is also important. You don't want to place it anywhere that is easy for cats or other predators to access. Instead, it should be hung high up out of the way of danger.
Watching the birds is easiest if the feeder is hung by a window. The main downside to this is that there is a chance that the birds can fly into the window. You can prevent this by buying a special film for your windows that allows birds to see that there is glass 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 filling 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 a 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 to fill your feeder. Replace the nectar in the feeder often to prevent it from molding.
These tips for using glass hummingbird feeders should help you attract more hummingbirds to your property. More importantly, however, they also should help ensure that the hummingbirds that do visit your feeder stay safe and out of harm's way. The last thing you want is to put the health of one of these adorable little birds at risk by using your feeder improperly.