Hummingbird Feeder Hangers

Whether you’ve bought a hummingbird feeder from your local store or you’ve created your own DIY project, you would need something to hang it onto. Most of the time, hummingbird feeders purchased from pet supply stores do not include a feeder hanger. This is a common problem that hummingbird enthusiasts encounter. The good news is that there is a quick and easy way to install one without the need to use expensive tools and materials. Just by using everyday materials that you may already have at home, you can create a unique and durable hanger. Since it only requires a few materials, you wouldn’t have to spend much on creating it. Additionally, there are only a few steps needed to create your very own hummingbird feeder hanger so anyone can do it.

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All you will need to create hummingbird feeder hangers are some plies, shower curtain hooks and a pack of small chains. You can easily purchase these materials from your local hardware store but they’re also available online. For this DIY project, you would only need to insert one of the shower hooks into the small opening located on the bottom of your hummingbird feeder. Once it is securely set in place, you can then take the small piece of chain and measure exactly how long you want your hummingbird feeder to hang in your garden. After deciding on your preferred measurement, you can cut the chain using pliers. The final step is to simply hang the hummingbird feeder hanger onto a tree branch or any other part of your garden or porch where you want to display it.

Another simple and easy way to create your own hummingbird feeder hanger is by using copper wire. If the hummingbird feeder doesn’t have a small hole located on the bottom part when it’s placed upside down, you can make use of copper wire. The first step is to determine the exact spot where you want your feeder to be displayed. This will ensure that you will be able to create the perfect length and cut your copper wire into the required shape. Make sure that the copper wire has something to hold onto on the sides of the bottle to make sure it would be tight and secure. You can insert the copper wire into existing decorations and adornments which are already built in to the original hummingbird feeder.

Create small circular loops on the copper wire and securely loop it into the existing bottle design. After you have managed to insert the copper wire, you can then create a larger and longer hoop which will serve as the hanger itself. Take a longer piece of the copper wire and create a bigger circular hoop. Make sure that the hoop is big enough for you to hang the hummingbird feeder into a tree branch or a section of your garden. Once you have accurately measured how long it needs to be, you can use your pliers to cut it. The final step is to hang your hummingbird feeder on your preferred spot without having to worry about any leakage or getting damaged.

Resources:

1. Birds of NA – Hummingbird Feeders
2. https://www.bird-rescue.org/
3. http://www.squirrelproofbirdfeeders.birdsofna.org/poles/

How to Make your Own Hummingbird Food

Hummingbirds consume bugs for protein and nectar for energy. Nectar from flowers is 21% – 23% sucrose which is basically regular table sugar. It is therefore, quite inexpensive and easy to make. If you want to know how to make your own hummingbird food, you should know making nectar is far easier than making bugs. There is one popular recipe you can use to make hummingbird food at the comfort of your home ( http://www.hummingbirdfoodrecipes.com/ ).

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The recipe:

The home recipe is very simple. You will need get the ingredients and follow a simple preparation process. The ingredients required are:

1. Water
2. Table sugar
3. Heat source such as a stove
4. Pan
5. Storage container
6. Feeder

The method for preparation follows three main steps:

Mix 1 part table sugar to 4 parts water in the pan. For example, you can use 4 cups of water for every one cup of table sugar. Make sure you only use cane sugar. If the label on the sugar container does not mention cane sugar, the content is probably made from beet sugar. Although this type of sugar may work, there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that suggests that birds in general prefer cane sugar. Avoid using other sugar substitutes such as brown sugar, molasses, turbinado, corn syrup, raw sugar, Jell-O or honey. These are great substitutes for cooking normal human food as they each offer a different flavor. However, when it comes to birds, these alternatives may not work in a similar fashion. Instead, they may cause discomfort and sometimes health complications arising from consumption of such sugar substitutes.

Never use any artificial sweeteners. Putting hummingbirds on a diet and/or subjecting them to sweeteners may be fatal to the creatures. These animals burn prodigious amounts of energy and need real sugar to ensure their metabolism runs smoothly. You should also abstain from using food coloring. The idea may seem viable but it will end up harming the birds. Since they consume so much nectar, food coloring is harmful even if used in low concentrations. If you do not own a red feeder and you want to attract the birds, tie a red ribbon on the feeder.

Place the pan on your heat source (the stove) and bring to a boil. Remember to stir the mixture while it is heating and only stop when all the sugar has dissolved. Do not boil the mixture for a long period as this will affect the ratio of sugar to water. Boiling serves the purpose of killing yeast and mold spores that might be in the sugar, as well as driving out any chlorine that may be in the water. Do not boil the mixture in an effort to make some kind of syrup. The boiling process will ensure the nectar lasts long both in your refrigerator and your feeder.

Before you pour the mixture into your storage container or feeder, let it cool. Remember to cover the storage container or feeder when you are cooling the mixture. A good storage container for the ‘hummingbird food’ can be a used 2 liter soda bottle. It is advisable to make a large batch of this mixture especially if you plan on feeding the birds often. Make sure any storage container (and obviously the feeder) is washed and rinsed thoroughly before you use it.