How to Set Up Your Hummingbird Feeder - Ace Hardware

now that you've purchased a perky pet

hummingbird feeder you'll want to

attract hummingbirds to your yard look

for a safe spot to hang your feeder and

one that will give you a great view

perhaps near a porch deck patio or a

window overlooking the yard

there are several things to consider

when finding a hummingbird friendly

location an ideal location will offer

birds nearby cover and protection

hummingbirds prefer open spaces that

allow them to move from nectar source to

nectar source place your feet are near

flowers in the Sun ideally an area that

has both Sun and partial shade during

the day windows are a hazard to

hummingbirds place your feet are at

least 15 to 20 feet away from a window

and 10 to 15 feet within the nearest

cover such as a shrub this will allow

the hummingbird to feel safe if a

predator is nearby here's a tip to

attract hummingbirds throughout the

season you can plant early and late

blooming flowers the best flowers are

those that are trumpet shaped such as

fuchsia gladiolas and petunias

hummingbirds are particularly attracted

to the colors red pink and orange which

signify a rich nectar source it's best

to hang your feeder among your flower

garden on a tree shrub or pole keep the

feeder clean and the nectar fresh change

it every two days during the hot summer

months or less often in more mild

temperatures when preparing nectar never

use artificial sweeteners or honey which

can be fatal to hummingbirds perky pet

offers a variety of hummingbird nectar

or you can make your own using a recipe

of one part sugar to four parts water it

is best to boil the water to

fermentation but never place boiling

water in the feeder make sure it is

completely cool before refilling the

feeder insects are also attracted to

hummingbird feeders

insects such as ants bees and wasps will

compete with the hummingbird for nectar

for ants it's best to block their path

to the feeder perky pet has a patented

ant guard with permethrin that hangs

above the feeder and repels the ants

some feeders also have built-in ant

motes simply fill the moat with water

and the ants will be reluctant to cross

over to get to the nectar for bees some

feeders come with small screens that act

as B guards and fit over the feeding

ports the screens prevent the bees from

reaching the nectar but still provide

access to the nectar for the

hummingbirds another remedy for

repelling pests is to lightly coat

around the top of the feeder with

petroleum jelly or cooking oil this

prevents the pests from getting to the

nectar make sure that the substance

doesn't get into the feeder

to complete your hummingbird feeding

needs perky pet provides a wide variety

of hummingbird nectars remember if you

follow these steps to maximize your

feeders attractiveness to hummingbirds

you'll only enhance your own viewing