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    Absolutely gorgeous!
     
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    Great!!
     
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    Stunning photographs!
     
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    So beautiful!
     
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    Dang, I don't have humming birds in my area :(
     
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    I'm hanging my hummingbird feeders this afternoon. I had quite a few humming birds last summer and well into the fall. I've planted two red Mandevilla plants just below where the feeders will hang. Hope this will attract more. I'll add another feeder if it does!
     
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    We have hummingbirds back, but it's just the start so I have yet to see any. I'll probably put my feeder out this weekend.
     
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    I've got my feeders out but haven't caught a glimpse of any yet. I do have a birds nest in my orange tree though. :) Spring has sprung.
    Great shots as always @RobAmy
     
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    Do you all make your own hummingbird food for your feeders?
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Nice shots and that reminds me I need to put my feeders out.
     
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    I make my own. The pictures are from Costa Rica, they made their own also
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    I make my own, just 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. Use no soap when cleaning anything to do w/them as they say if you do it will discourage them from using your feeders,just hot water to clean. I don't color the water either. The feeders have red on them to attract them. Toss out food when cloudy. Hanging them in shade works best for me.
     
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    Exactly! The store bought stuff is expensive and the red dye isn't good for the hummers. Although I often wonder how good white sugar is for them...
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    I guess you could just plant a bunch of Hummingbird loving plants and skip the feeders. Not sure what kind of sweetener would be best for them.
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    I have read sugar at the correct mixture is ok for the birds. The bees they do better on sugar honey than actual honey over the winter. Has something to do with ash content.
     
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    Troutredds You can call me Red

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    You want to use only white (refined) cane sugar, believe it or not. Never use brown sugar or raw, unrefined sugar in your nectar - the impurities can be harmful. NEVER use honey as your sugar source when feeding hummers - according to the Audobon Society, honey used in feeders can kill hummingbirds.

    Brilliant shots by the way, @RobAmy.
     
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    Yup. I've read the same. It just strikes me as odd that the only thing I buy white sugar for is the hummingbirds... we don't eat it at all anymore. I do try to plant lots of flowers that they love, so once those start blooming I stop filling the feeders.
     
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    j.w I Love my Goldies

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    Same w/us @Lisak1 all I ever use it for is the hummers!
     
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    addy1 water gardener / gold fish and shubunkins Moderator

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    Lol we buy around 1500 lbs every year, sometimes more......................... got to feed those bees! We never use it either, for ourselves.
     
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