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DIY Hummingbird Feeder

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Note: Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red (some of their favorite flowers are red). Add some red to your feeder to get their attention!

Instructions:

  1. Wrap the neck of your feeder with the wire several times to start, then continue wrapping around the bottle, string beads as you go.
  2. Twist the end of the wire at the bottom of the feeder onto itself to make a knot.
  3. Make a loop to hang the feeder from by attaching a short piece of wire onto either side of the feeder (at the bottom of the bottle).
  4. Fill the feeder with homemade hummingbird nectar and push the feeder tube firmly into the opening of the bottle. **Don't fill the feeder more than half full, because they won't be able to drink it all before it needs to be changed!
  5. Hang the feeder at least 4 feet off the ground and away from branches that could give cats a chance to attack them. **Don't hang the feeder in direct sunlight, as it makes the nectar go bad more quickly.

Feeder Care: Your hummingbird feeders need to be cleaned, and nectar should be changed every 3-4 days - more often in hotter weather. If you see black spots inside your feeder, this is mold - you will need to scrub it out with a good bottle brush. If your bottle brush won't reach, you can add some sand with water and shake the feeder to remove the mold. You should never use harsh detergent to clean the feeder. Rinse out with hot water each time you change the nectar - if you do this on a regular basis, you shouldn't have a problem with mold on the inside of the feeder. 

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