Can't recall - hummingbird water how much?

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  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I usually give the hummingbirds homemade sugar water, since the commercial stuff is so expensive. The hummers flog our feeders, emptying two - 1 pint feeders every other day.
    Hummer season has started and I can't remember the proportion of sugar to water.
    Is it 3 cups water to 1 cup of water?
     
  2. Whispering Winds

    Whispering Winds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, I think it is. do you boil yours? I read if you boil it, it won't sour as fast, but I tried it both ways and don't think it makes a bit of difference. I also read an article that said start out with it really strong, like the 3-to-1 ratio, and then when they are coming at a good rate, cut it back a little bit. One old couple that lived close to my mom used 35#'s of sugar one summer, they had so many!!! Wish I had about half that. Ihave a bully that comes back every year and I hang two or three out, so they have a choice, but he chases them all over. . .imagine a bully that weighs a couple of ounces!!! [​IMG]
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Quote:Oh I know. If we are sitting outside when they start fighting over the feeders they get so distracted they run into us! We get so many that you can hear the buzz of their wings sitting in the living room.
    Yes, I boil the water to melt the sugar well.
    Thanks.
     
  4. eaganchickens

    eaganchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1 part sugar to 4 parts water. [​IMG]
     
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Thanks. [​IMG]
     

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