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4 Simple Ways To Help Hummingbirds

2. Put in hummingbird feeders, making sure to put several around your property because hummingbirds are very territorial and do not like to share feeders. And, because they like red, consider getting a red bird feeder, or add a red ribbon or red piece of material and hang it on the outside of the feeder so they can see it. However, avoid commercially prepared hummingbird mixes that have red coloring added to them, since they use artificial dyes that are not good for the birds. Instead, make your own, and fill your feeders with one part sugar and four parts water.

3. Provide a water source, preferably one that has movement, because the hummingbirds are attracted to moving sources of water. A fountain with moving water or a waterfall-type feature works well.

4. Create a place for them to find shelter. Even though they donít rest long, they do need a place to rest as they make their migration south. So make sure thereís a safe and covered area for them.

 

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.

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2:37PM PDT on Sep 23, 2014

I love hummingbirds, for me they seem to be magical little creatures, butterflies, too.I am lucky enough to get hummers which feed at the feeders for them I put up, and next yr when warm weather comes again, I will put up more feeders as this article advises to do. I agree, we all need to do anything we can to help them survive thru these drought problems they face. We surely don't want a world without hummingbirds and butterflies in it.

9:02PM PDT on Jun 12, 2014

Thanks to all of YOU which are helping the birds.
You give me faith that ppl aren´t so selfish as i believed.

8:55PM PDT on Jun 12, 2014

I would LOVE to help them but i´m livingin Denmark and Hummingbirds don´t like our Cold weather, so i don´t have a chance. :-)

But of cause i help all birds which live in, or pass through Denmak.

My grndchildren should also coud Watch the same bird as i saw when i was a child.

9:41PM PDT on Apr 26, 2014

Wonderful to help these little things that fly so far. Neat to see comment from Yucatan resident.

10:58AM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

Very nice paper! :)

5:01PM PST on Feb 25, 2014

Thanks.

5:06AM PST on Dec 14, 2013

I live in the other side of the Gulf, in Yucatan, and my yards are often visited by hummingbirds. They love my poincianas trees flower (https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTY60FcbSVfmQYoULtvSH_4aVSY-lGgTi_YJVC_Ro2ljAeqBgyk-Q) but also love the orange tree flowers.

4:01PM PDT on Oct 8, 2013

thanks.....

7:02AM PDT on Sep 24, 2013

Oh, HELL YES!

Thank you for Sharing this.... !

10:40AM PDT on Jul 15, 2013

Have flowers they like in my garden, & a feeder.

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