Attract Humming Birds??

I've occasionally seen Humming Birds outside my front door near the garden. I think they're really cool, and would love to attract more.
I bought a Humming Bird feeder, which is sort of an upside down liquid dispenser filled will with some REAL sugary sweet bright red stuff. We haven't seen one Humming Bird.
Just wondering if anyone has any thoughts on how best to attract the little buggers.
Thanks!
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FXDWG wrote:

We never had any luck with the red juice and feeders. Plus, I've heard that if you don't clean them every three days, the fluid with ferment and poison the hummingbirds.
This year, GF planted a bee balm plant, several cosmos, lots of zennias and we have a rosa regosa. Now we get at least one hummer every afternoon!
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Agree -- in this area (Central Florida) we've planted firebush (hamelia patens), salvia gregii and salvia coccinea and have as many as five hummingbirds at a time. We also see them regularly feeding in the Hong Kong orchid tree (bauhinia blakeiana). We put some of salvia in pots right next to the LR window (tinted) and the hummingbirds come right up to the window to feed, so you can sit no more than 2 feet away from them and watch. Hummingbirds here are supposed to be migratory and only around in the spring and fall, but ours have stayed through all four seasons. Regards --
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Those feeders don't work very well. Get one with a bottle upsidedown and little plastic flowers around the bottom. Mix 1 part sugar and 4 parts water and bring to a boil and add just enough cherry cool-aid to make it pink. We are going through 7 to 10 lbs of sugar a week. We have 4 feeders out and fill them 2 and 3 times a day. I am going to try to take them off on my taxes. HA!
From Mel & Donnie in Bluebird Valley
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One part sugar to four parts water is the correct ratio, but you don't need to add any coloring to the mixture, red food coloring isn't good for them, and think of it...necter in the wild is clear. And you don't have to boil the water either( I use to always boil, now I don't and it stays just as fresh) theres a great newgroup, if your server allows; rec.birds Give it a look. CG in NY

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The cherry cool-aid is not for color it is for taste and smell - they go crazy over it.
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Also when you boil it the sugar doesn't settle to the bottom in the feeders. But if you want more hummers try puting just enough Cherry cool-aid to turn it pink and that is not for the color they love it.
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It make take a week or so to get them to start coming to a new feeder. That has been my experience.
--James--
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use a 4 to 1 ratio of sugar water, along with a dash of vanilla extract and you will have so many that it sounds like a bees nest when you are outside around them.

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use one cup of water to 1/4 cup of sugar and boil it for one minute while stirring. hummers allready have located the feeders in the spring so it may take a while for them to notice it. change it at least every 5-7 days . when you start getting some, hang another feeder out of sight of the other as the males tend to drive the females off of one feeder.red bell shaped objects attract their attention. lucas
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We've had a lot of luck with 2 cups water/ 1 cup sugar. Because most hummingbird feeders have red on them it is not necessary to use the red dye. I also shake the feeder every day to release the trapped bubbles and get good flow through the feeder holes. Make sure you hang the feeder at least 5 feet high in the open and near trees. Most of ours take a drink and then dash to the end of branches for a rest. We also have garden phlox, bee balm and many other flowers nearby for attraction. Don't forget to change out solution every 5-7 days to keep it fresh. This year we have had up to six at one time and it keeps us entertained as they dive bomb and chase each other all over the yard and create quite a chatter (yes they chatter like squirrels!)

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