Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Zeiss - Always on the lookout for something special – Shop now

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

3:1 makes them fight more

Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old Friday 10th May 2019, 16:52   #1
Registered User

Join Date: May 2019
Location: North Central Texas
Posts: 3
3:1 makes them fight more

I have researched nectar. Honey is made from nectar, and it includes vitamin C. I used a tiny pinch of Citric acid powder in my 3:1 last year, so the nectar would be more than just sugar water to them. But they would perch near the feeders and chase others away. After 2 years of copious feeding, and I mean 16 feeders placed all over the property and the empty lots on either side of me, I have more hummers than ever.
A few years ago I was feeding at another location and was using cheap sugar that was colored slightly brown. I found out that if it's not pure white, it can cause iron build up and eventually poison and kill off the hummers. So I switched to pure white (fully processed) cane sugar. Do not use beet sugar or honey.
This year, I stopped the citric acid and switched to 3.5:1 water to sugar and they fight much less, but this could be because they are sharing with children/relatives and still guarding their feeders. The weather is not too hot yet, but they are sucking down 4 ounces a day with visits every 5 minutes or less. I live in hot weather in the summer and change the nectar every day regardless of the level.
It goes bad very quickly in 90 - 100 degree weather. There are tons of wildflowers this year due to much rain, but the rain makes hummers show up more. Probably fewer bugs to eat. I bought 40 new feeders this year from GrayBunny, these little plastic 2 ounce feeders with a fake yellow flower from amazon. These work best for me, although there is no perch and on windy days are much more difficult for them to feed from than Aspects highview or Hummblossom. Please share your thoughts...
RiverHome is offline  
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fight? shoshone Birds & Birding 2 Tuesday 25th May 2010 21:30
Fight! Kits Birds & Birding 7 Monday 19th May 2008 09:40
Fight! Fight! Fight! Neil Grubb Your Birding Day 4 Saturday 19th February 2005 21:25


Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.10661006 seconds with 15 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 02:17.