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#97558 Jul 26th, 2007 at 01:05 PM
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Hello everyone!

I have a great place to for a hummingbird feeder, but I am hesitate to hang one. What kind of problems am I inviting if I hang one? Too many bees, etc...

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Do you already have a lot of bees? Here they attract wasps and yellow jackets more than bees. In my yard I get a stray YJ or wasp. Not loads of them. And never saw a bee on one. There are feeders with bee guards or bee tips to keep them out. You can attract ants too but there are ant guards to keep them off. Some people have raccoons or squirrels bother them, once again this is more an acception than a rule. I ONCE in 20+ years of hanging hummer feeders lost one to a curious bear. Never to a squirrel or raccoon. You also MUST clean a feeder every few days in hot weather regardless of if there is any nectar left or not. The nectar can spoil or form a mold that will make the birds very sick.
With all that.... if you arent sure why not hang a basket of flowers there that they'd like? Petunias, fuschia, thunbergia???


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Too me the joys of watching them outweigh the negatives of upkeep/yellow jackets.

I get quite a lot of yellow jackets on all of mine but they're hung in places where it doesn't bother me much. thumbup

I hope you decide to give it a try.

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That is enough to convince me to hang flowers. Thank you for the information.

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flowers are good too! lol thumbup wavy

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if bees are on feeder...spray water.I posted a complaint once about the bees and thats how i've dealt with it.Its also been less as now I fill in morning not evening.I have both kinds of feeders the glass balls with the tubes out of bottom and the regular chep-o feeders and have less issues with the cheap-os.my balls with the tubes when its hot...they drip.


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Do you spray to keep the bees away, or spray while they are present? I might try one if I can find the ones with the guards. Any suggestions on where to get those?

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Come to NY and shop in my store grin
Most big box stores should have something. Walmart, Lowes, PetSmart, A good garden center, wild bird specialty shop notme
The bee guard (I cant believe I dont have a pic of one) Looks like a mesh barrel that goes on the feeding port. The bee tips go on the inside of the feeders, lok like tiny baby bottle nipples.


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I've never had a problem with bees, ants on the other hand are a different story. Finally figured out tht mesh cloth soaked in vegetable oil and wrapped at the base of the pole and hanger keeps ants away.


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I don't want to keep the bees away, they are very important to me for pollination. They can share all they want on my four hummer feeders. They don't seem to bother the hummers any.


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see my post in julianne's "thread hoping for a hummer", i put the feeder i love in there. you really do have to keep it clean and fresh nectar in it, but the reward is great! i was always to lazy to even attempt it, and when i committed to it, hung one, and saw my first hummer up close and personal, i will never go a summer without it!

you can also make your own nectar....
boil 1 cup water
add one cup sugar...mix until dissolved
then add 3 more cups water
keep in fridge for up to a week!
so it's 4 parts water to 1 part sugar

takes less than 5 minutes and the cost for a bag of sugar!

i promise you won't regret it!


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