Spring is here! 🙂 As soon as I see azaleas blooming in my yard, I make hummingbird food.
I have two Best-1 32 oz. Hummingbird Feeders and I love them.
Replace the hummingbird food every 7 days, though I sometimes stretch it a little longer. The same hummingbirds travel to the same feeders every year, so I really work to keep the food supply available! If you’ve never heard the sound of a hummingbird in flight, you have to set up feeders then sit and read a book outside! They make a sound unlike anything I’ve ever heard – sort of a miniature helicopter ‘whoop-whoop-whoop’. We’ve also seen male hummingbirds warning off other male hummingbirds, and it’s quite a sight!
I do not put red dye in my food, it’s unnecessary and can be harmful to the hummingbirds over time. The feeder itself is red, and planting hummingbird-friendly plants nearby helps attract the birds. These birds are attracted to the color red, so pick flowers with red, pots that are red or stickers – anything but dye. We have hummingbird bushes, azaleas, angel-wing begonias (my favorites!), petunias and impatiens, among other flowers in our yard.