I enjoyed hummers in Colorado for 14 years but now I'm living in Ormond Beach. I just got a feeder today that's the 14 oz size with 4 yellow flowers to attract them. The Nectar Sugar Concentrate I purchased (which is my first time) suggests different feeding times depending on the season. My question is - what concentration of sugar solution do I mix for late August in Ormond Beach, Florida? Thanks!
The sugar to water ratio we use here in Florida is 1 to 4. Sometimes if we have problems with bees then we may adjust it but most of the time that is what we use. However, we do not use the red dye stuff that often comes with feeders. The flowers you have in your yard and the red and yellow on the feeder will be enough to attract them. The dye can be harmful to them. Good luck!
Also you do not have to fill the feeder to the top. You may have a few birds around but not enough to empty a large feeder right now. You can safely keep the rest in your fridge and change the sugar water every couple of days as it turns bad quickly in the heat here in FL.
Doesn't make any difference whether you are in Palm Beach or east 'Tim-buk-two'! For starters I would suggest 'Aspect' dish types. Very easy to keep clean and that is a paramount concern since moldy/dirty feeders can subject hummers to deadly pathological disease (thrush). Their are many designer feeders on the market and very expensive but they should be avoided since they may be attractive to humans but won't do much to attract hummers (they may be atractive in the yard but they are no more attractive to hummers than cheaper feeders), don't waist your money. If you wish to attract hummers and keep them around keep it simple and keep your feeders clean and have fresh solution in them, 7 days a week! In Fl you need to clean the feeders at least once a week and change the sugar solution twice a week! If you don't think you can do that then don't put feeders out! You will never believe the number of times I have visited yards to help out folks who profess to be attracting hummers and found feeders filthy with mold, no wonder they they didn't have any hummers. Joe M. Lakeland, FL Joe M. Lakeland, FL
Post by amateurhour on Sept 27, 2013 16:26:38 GMT -5
I live in Port Orange and planted red pentas, which hummers seem to like and hung a simple feeder above them. I see a hummer about every 10 minutes. Only one so I don't know if it is a loner or different birds stopping by. I only put a little bit in, then clean the feeder and replenish a little more about every 4 days.
How high off the ground should a Hummer feeder be? Does it matter? Thank you for your time!
Yes it does! Generally 4 1/2 to 6' above the ground. Consider cats as predators and don't make it easy for them to catch a bird. Generally hang them at eye level, making it easy for you to change out the feeder for cleaning also refilling and checking for signs of solution spoilage. Hope this helps and I apologize for not replying sooner.