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How to Get Hummingbirds To Nest by You

How to Get Hummingbirds to Nest in Your Yard

How to Get Hummingbirds to Nest by You

How to Get Hummingbirds To Nest by You  If you would like to see more hummingbirds around your yard you need to provide two sources, food and nesting materials.

 

In the Spring Hummingbirds Have Two Things on Their Mind

Immediately in the spring set up your yard as hummingbird friendly.  After a long flight back to their breeding grounds there are only two things on their minds finding a constant food source and setting up their nests.

 

Have everything in your own backyard to make hummingbirds stay - Hummingbird Sitting on Nest


The First Thing They Want is Food!

A long flight back and all the little guys are looking for is food.  If you know when to put up your hummingbird feeders and have them out, your home becomes a favorite.


What Do Hummingbirds Eat?

 

#1 They Drink Sugar Water 

 

How to Make Hummingbird Sugar Water

Note on Using Colorings
The coloring is not needed in this recipe.   I believe it just isn’t healthy for the birds and that is why I had to write that IF desired into the recipe. I dislike getting into fistfights on the net over it on forums  In the beginning, I’d fight about it; but each time a person came back with the dreaded words but companies use coloring. That fact alone it is something you just can’t argue with, nor can I come up with a proper come back for. Now, I have adapted you do you, and I’ll do me attitude on the subject of coloring.
(Update: 1-20-18 – Read the comment section below readers have some excellent tips and information for you)

Have issues with ants at your feeder?  I have suggestions that may help you here.


# 2 Nectar From Flowers & Small Bugs That Visit Flowers

Click on the post below, it covers 10 plants you may wish to add into your landscape that attracted hummingbirds.

 

10 Flower that Attract Hummingbirds I NikkiLynnDesign

 


Make Sure You Have Clean Feeders

You should clean out your hummingbird feeder at least once a month (Update 1-20-18 – as Julie mentions in the comments below we should maybe be doing this weekly and that is NOT a bad idea)  using a bleach water solution which I use (Update 1-20-18 – Read comment section for reader suggestions for bleach alternatives they have a few additional ideas then the click  “here” link I provided since the first posting )  to kill any harmful bacteria. You can find additional information on my site where I explain the process  here.

How To Clean A Hummingbird Feeder I NikkiLynnDesign

 

The Second Thing They Want is to Build a Nest

If they have all the resources available, they have to work less to collect the materials needed.  Have a food source close, makes your home the perfect place to raise their young.

Hummingbirds will nest in your yard if you have what they need. They have to work less to collect the materials needed.  Have a food source close, makes your home the perfect place to raise their young.

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When Do You Put Out Nesting & Hummingbird Food?

When to place your feeders and nesting material out in your yard is an important question to ask.

 

 

 

 

Hummingbirds love the color red. They also love tubular flowers.

Hummingbirds love the color red. They also love tubular flowers.                                        Click on photo to buy a copy.





Timing is Everything 

You can find a posting I wrote dealing with this question directly here. The article also includes a link to the migration map for your state so you can predict the arrival time for the hummers to your area.

Hummingbird on Branch

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What Can You Put Out For Nesting Material?


1.) Hummer Bird Helper

Buy what you need. The only nesting source that I know of that is endorsed by the Hummingbird Society is sold by a company called Hummer Helper .

 

 

How to Get Hummingbird to Nest in Your Yard - If you would like to see more hummingbirds around your yard you need to provide two sources, food and nesting materials.

Hummer Helper created a wire hanger that they have painted red to attract hummingbirds. They placed an all natural bedding material that hummingbirds like to use to line their nests.

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2.) Collect Cattail Fluff 

Hummingbirds already collect the fluff from the cattail heads on their own.

Collect cattail fluff for nesting birds - Hummingbirds already collect the fluff from the cattail heads on their own.Hummingbird Collecting Cattail Fluff.

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Use a suet cage to hold the fluff and the hummingbirds and additional birds will pick it out to line the inside of their nests.

Additional Hummingbird Items on Amazon:

1.) Heritage Farms Bird Nester Refill
2.) Hanging Suet Feeder
3.) Hummingbird House & Hummingbird Swing
4.) 2 Mini Hand Held Hummingbird Feeders with Instructions

5.) Coco Bird Rest — Create rustic and natural shelter for small birds.
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3.) Collect Milkweed Fluff

Fall in Wisconsin – the milkweed are bursting with seeds and white fluff late in the season.  The fluff isn’t needed to replenish the milkweed population, thus, I collect the fluff whenever I see it tumbling along the trails.

Collect milkweed fluff in fall for spring nesting birds- In the spring, I use the same method as the cattail fluff above.  You can even mix the two together. They pick out what they need.  If some gets on the ground, no worries.  The other birds pick it up for their nests. It is a win-win. Having a nesting material available greatly improves the chance that a hummingbird will chose to nest near you.

In the spring, I use the same method as the cattail fluff above.  You can even mix the two together. They pick out what they need.  If some gets on the ground, no worries.  The other birds pick it up for their nests. It is a win-win.

Having a nesting material available greatly improves the chance that a hummingbird will choose to nest near you.


Try Some of the Methods
Gather up all the supplies explained above and YOU will have hummingbirds nesting in your yard and enjoy them all season.

 

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