Our family has always been a big fan of humming birds. Our wonderful local Starsmore Discovery Center has programs that teach children and adults all about these amazing birds. I have to say we’ve attended these programs at least ten or so times over the many years we’ve been going there with our kiddos and every time we have fun!
One of the cool things we learned in these classes is how to make our own humming bird feeder. All you need is a clean baby food jar (glass works best) , a hammer and nail, some red spray paint, red yarn and a little wire. First take the lid of the baby food jar and spray paint it red on the outside. Once the paint has dried, take a large nail and hammer a hole in the center of the lid. Next, flip the lid over and hammer the edges of the hole flat (on the inside of lid) so the hummers don’t cut their tiny tongues. Twist some wire (safety wire works) around the neck of the baby food jar and twist to make a loop for hanging. Add red yarn to help the humming birds find your feeder, and decorate as desired.
To make humming bird food simply mix 1 part white sugar with 4 parts water. Stir the mixture to get the sugar to dissolve and fill your feeder. NEVER add red food coloring, this can harm the birds. Don’t use raw, brown or turbinado sugar or sucanat, these less processed sugars have too much iron for the little birds. Also be sure to change your feeder every 3 days or so. There’s nothing like discouraging them from visiting with old, moldy or syrupy food. Keep the extra food in the fridge for about a week to make refilling easy. Note: If you have bears in your area please take your feeders inside at night so not to attract the bears. They love the sweet food and will learn bad habits even if they only find one feeder.