humming birds in jacksonville, florida

by sonia plank
(jacksonville, fl 32221)

just spent some time in California and was fascinated with the volume of humming birds how do I entice them to my home in Jacksonville fl with the use of feeders only at this time of the year or work to keep them around all year long with only feeders since we lose a lot of flowers to attrack them during the winter or am I asking too much til spring?

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Sep 23, 2014
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Attracting hummers
by: Anonymous

We are in S. GA and use a 1 cup of sugar to 4 cups of water. Boil, let cool and fill feeders. Of course, be sure to remove for cleaning when mold forms.

We keep a couple of feeders up in the winter & have winter birds in the winter every year. We have had several banded from 20+ years back.

Don't worry that they will freeze...that's a myth!

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hummingbirds in jacksonville, florida
by: Brook

Hi, I'm happy to hear you are so excited about attracting hummingbirds to your yard. You should have Rufus hummers passing through as they are migrating south. Boil water for 3 mins only and add 1/4 c white table sugar per 8 oz wtr,put in a clean feeder and hang. If you don't think they are being drawn to the feeder you can pick up an artificial red flower at a dollar store and attach that to the feeder but the red dye that is sold in the stores is fatal for the little birds because they have to drink so much of it. An inexpensive feeder with one feeder port will do just fine because most hummers are extremely territorial. Cleaning is of the utmost importance because the sugar water develops black mold specks which kill the birds, so in warm weather clean them every two or three days. I don't fill them completely full, that way I just clean them when I refill them. Cleaning solution: vinegar and water and a tiny brush to clean the port. May you be blessed with many beautiful hummingbirds.

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