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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 1, 2009
1:59 AM

Post #6204407

Now that the 2009 migration season is underway, all of you will be looking for ideas on hummingbird feeders.

Don't forget to visit the sticky for links to track the spring migration.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/956793/


Don't ask me where this feeder comes from, but it's very cute on the deck with other copper items. I'm told (it's my Mother's) that it is not easy to clean though.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 1, 2009
2:18 AM

Post #6204462

It is pretty Marna and that's a great pic!

I posted it in the other thread but here is a mini Hummzinger. A saucer style feeder that's very easy to clean.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 1, 2009
11:42 AM

Post #6205456

Here's an old pic from 2007

This is a Perky Pet Rose Petal feeder. The hummers loved this feeder but it was not as easy to clean as the saucer style. The portals were also big enough for different bugs to get in.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 1, 2009
1:41 PM

Post #6205713

I agree, I have that one and I liked it because it came with an ant moat, but I couldn't clean the inside of the bottom part. I don't think I'll use that one again.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 1, 2009
3:09 PM

Post #6206030

I have this one from Perky Pet and it's just okay. What I don't like about it is that the hummingbirds hide on the other side!



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Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 1, 2009
3:10 PM

Post #6206035

And this one from First Nature. It's super easy to clean, the bottom part comes undone. The wide mouth makes it easy to clean and fill.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 1, 2009
3:16 PM

Post #6206059

I had a couple of these which looked great in the garden because I have wood raised beds.
the plastic insert is easy to clean, but eventually leaked. The sugar water and rain water wound up getting moldy/stained though, so I abandoned.

http://www.birdfeeders.com/store/hummingbird-feeders/124
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 1, 2009
4:56 PM

Post #6206443

I have the regular sized humzinger and the orioles just love it! I do too, sense it is real easy to refill while hanging outside, you just lift the top red part and refill. I have to refill it so much because the hummers aren't the only ones to use it.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 2, 2009
9:08 PM

Post #6212306

Mrs Ed, do you have a window feeder?

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 2, 2009
9:11 PM

Post #6212327

I just got one for Christmas. It's still in the box. Want a picture of it?
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 2, 2009
9:18 PM

Post #6212379

Sure why not! Who makes it?

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 2, 2009
9:32 PM

Post #6212440

These are both Hummzingers. Can't WAIT to fill them

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 2, 2009
9:38 PM

Post #6212476

I like the Jewel Box!

Be sure to let us know how they like it. I'm sure they will!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 2, 2009
9:58 PM

Post #6212595

okay, but it might be AUGUST before you know. LOL!!!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 2, 2009
10:19 PM

Post #6212719

Oh that's right. You don't get them till late.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 2, 2009
10:23 PM

Post #6212739

i had couple in aprilů

you know, I think that Rose is hogging them all down in Missiouri.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 3, 2009
12:12 AM

Post #6213279

I have the First Nature Ones...I have 2 each of the 16 oz.and 32 oz. They are just so easy to clean. And they seem just right for them to perch on and be able to eat.

I have the Hummzinger Ultra also. If you are just going to have one I reccommend this one. It's easy to clean, has a built in ant moat, and cant spill. It is the only hummer feeder I can leave out overnight. The raccoons can't get the nectar out!!

I also have the Little Fancy...I am not real happy with it. No moat, big openings for bugs to get in easily. and very easy to spill. I dumped this one a couple of times.

I really like the looks of the Jewel Box too!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 3, 2009
4:20 AM

Post #6214504

Whats Little Fancy?

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 3, 2009
2:16 PM

Post #6215591

This is it...nice small size but that is about the only thing I like about it. My oops it does have a moat but the holes are so big that the bugs got in it really bad. Forgot the ant moat I bought was for the oriole feeder! DUH
http://yhst-34541111918557.stores.yahoo.net/hulifahufe.html



This message was edited Mar 3, 2009 10:54 AM
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 3, 2009
3:31 PM

Post #6215894

I have 2 of the large saucer types and really like them because of the ant moats and the ease of cleaning. I also have the First Nature ones and really like those the best!

I finally was able to get a few shots I had on my external hard drive...I must have deleted most of them as I only had a few showing the birds feeding (what was I thinking)!!? And to make matters worse...now I can't find them where I thought I had saved them! Oh well, I will post them whenever the computer gawds return the controls to me!! LOL!
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 3, 2009
4:03 PM

Post #6216030

Found the shot...it was in my documents!!

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 3, 2009
4:04 PM

Post #6216040

and this one...looking up at the feeder!

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 3, 2009
4:16 PM

Post #6216104

aw, great ones!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 3, 2009
4:20 PM

Post #6216117

This is one of my favorite threads (I have it tagged). It's of Betterbloom showing off with her hummingbirds! Here are a couple links to images, but it's worth having a look at the whole thread.

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=3412548

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=3412843

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/fp.php?pid=3413974
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 3, 2009
4:49 PM

Post #6216219

That's so cool...I would love to try hand feeding this year.

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 3, 2009
5:03 PM

Post #6216268

Thought I would share what a Hummer looks like when he spends more time guarding than eating!

I called him my Barnie Fife Hummer!

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 3, 2009
5:04 PM

Post #6216273

one more.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 3, 2009
5:11 PM

Post #6216298

ha. I forgot about Barnie. Yup, that's the Fife pose alright.

With all those birds you had last year, I'm sure you could try hand feeding.

I posted in this thread: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/542014/ to come over and share some of their home made feeder ideas. In case they don't make it, though you all might like to try some of these.


pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 3, 2009
5:31 PM

Post #6216375

I've been hearing about a Rufous Hummingbird sighting nearby. Would love to see one.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 3, 2009
6:04 PM

Post #6216487

Have you guys noticed there are more sightings on the Hummingbird Map?

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 3, 2009
6:16 PM

Post #6216514

Wow, there ARE!

Only 7 or 8 more weeks until they get to me!!!
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 3, 2009
7:21 PM

Post #6216727

Wow...they are starting to move...can't wait. I hope I can find some nice red plants to hang outside to make them feel welcome!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 3, 2009
7:30 PM

Post #6216754

Rose, when was your first last year? I think mine was April 23 or 28 or something.
Grandmaggie
Beachwood, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 3, 2009
7:31 PM

Post #6216757

Yes, I check frequently throughout the day! Wow 14 already!
Grandmaggie
Beachwood, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 3, 2009
7:32 PM

Post #6216760

Mine was April 22 here in NJ!
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 3, 2009
7:35 PM

Post #6216770

My first one was April 17th...but then nobody showed in volume until a few weeks later. I distinctly remember whining and whining and woe is me-ing that I didn't have any Hummers! LOL!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 3, 2009
7:53 PM

Post #6216838

I do too! And then BOOM! You were spending a fortune in sugar. Ha. Oh I sure hope some decides to stay all season for me this year.
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 3, 2009
8:04 PM

Post #6216883

Mrs. Ed...don't they spend the summer there?

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 3, 2009
8:28 PM

Post #6216998

Nope. I have friends outside of town that have them, so they are in the area. But haven't decided to stay in the garden yet. I had a couple in April and that was about it until the end of August.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 3, 2009
10:06 PM

Post #6217453

great photos... I can't wait!!!
gabagoo
Yonkers, NY
(Zone 5b)

March 4, 2009
2:25 AM

Post #6218485

Can someone repost the link to the HB map?

Thanx!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 4, 2009
2:51 AM

Post #6218592

Hi gabagoo It's in the Sticky thread that has the hummingbird on the front.
gabagoo
Yonkers, NY
(Zone 5b)

March 4, 2009
3:24 AM

Post #6218716

Thanks bunches!
SingingWolf
Menifee, CA
(Zone 9a)

March 8, 2009
5:18 AM

Post #6236629

A friend suggested that I ask if any of you have difficulty with cleaning the tops of the standard H.bird feeders. A friend told me about using denture tablets, of course you have to break up the tablets to make them fit into the neck of the feeder, and the same for the bottom, but it did work. I found that the denture tablets bubbled a lot of the gunk away and was wondering if anyone had any better suggestions. I did not refill the feeder until after I rinsed it in really hot water! Am sending photo of the feeder style I am using.
Thanks!
Walk In Beauty!
SW

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JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 8, 2009
12:15 PM

Post #6237015

I use uncooked rice as my scouring agent. Just put a tablespoon or more in, and shake & swirl it around with the soapy water. I rinse with vinegar water to make sure the soap is rinsed out completly.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 8, 2009
1:32 PM

Post #6237179

I bought some bottle brushes at a bird store, made just for hummingbird feeders. Also bought a set of small brushes for the ports.

I've also heard to use sand or egg shells for scrubbers.

http://www.humming-birds.com/brushes.html
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 8, 2009
1:44 PM

Post #6237214

Hi SW you can use water with a 10% bleach solution and let it soak. I haven't tried the rice trick. Rinse well and the fill with sugar water.

Do you have other hummingbird feeders? Any saucer style ones? We would love to see them too. Your pic is great!!

burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

March 8, 2009
5:52 PM

Post #6238066

I use sand and water , works really good.
Will need to get a few new ones this year. Like the saucer type with ant mold

My dollar store feeder, last year.

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burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

March 8, 2009
5:59 PM

Post #6238092

Another dollar store one, but this one leaked.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 8, 2009
6:23 PM

Post #6238212

I bought that one too at WalMart and mine leaked also. Nice pics burn!
ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

March 8, 2009
7:20 PM

Post #6238434

Here's my one saucer type.. the hummers actually like this one! LOL.. but it's the cylinder type that they love most.

My coworkers gave me a feeder for my birthday last month, so I'll get a picture of it and show it off :)


Chris

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ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

March 8, 2009
7:57 PM

Post #6238566

Here's the new feeder.. I'm not sure I'll use it for that, though, as I've had no luck with the stoppers. They always seem to leak! But it'll definitely be out in the gardens somewhere this summer :)

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ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

March 8, 2009
7:58 PM

Post #6238570

another view..

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 8, 2009
8:05 PM

Post #6238642

That's a shame it leaks Clan. It's a pretty one!
dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 9, 2009
12:05 AM

Post #6239787

This is an Oriole feeder but I'm sure the Hummers will be using it too. I just put it out today along with a saucer Hummingbird feeder...now where are my red flowers?!!

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 9, 2009
12:49 AM

Post #6239921

Nice one Rose!
JuneyBug
Dover AFB, DE
(Zone 7a)

March 9, 2009
2:32 AM

Post #6240430

Oh, my hummers loved that one! Later in the year the yellowjackets loved it too. I think that the ports might be able to be changed out to bee guarded ones, if I can find some that fit.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 9, 2009
1:04 PM

Post #6241648

My hummers used the oriole feeder too..
Grandmaggie
Beachwood, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 10, 2009
2:17 PM

Post #6246706

No action shots, as I lost all of my pics from last year. Here are my favorites.

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 10, 2009
2:18 PM

Post #6246710

I have that one too... so easy to clean
Grandmaggie
Beachwood, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 10, 2009
2:18 PM

Post #6246711

And these just in case I need more...

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Grandmaggie
Beachwood, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 10, 2009
2:19 PM

Post #6246714

Yes, it is my fav to clean!
Grandmaggie
Beachwood, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 10, 2009
2:19 PM

Post #6246715

And yet more...

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Grandmaggie
Beachwood, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 10, 2009
2:20 PM

Post #6246719

And dont forget the ant moats!!! They work great!

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onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 10, 2009
2:28 PM

Post #6246764

i have the one on the right

http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/p.php?pid=6246711

i thought it was a pain to clean.. but I didn't know about the rice thing... I let that one go too long once and it was bad trying to get the mold out... so many tiny spots under that base
gabagoo
Yonkers, NY
(Zone 5b)

March 11, 2009
4:01 PM

Post #6251613

I have the same one. Very easy to clean. Built in moat.
I've only had one HB the past couple of years, and late in the season, to boot. This pic was taken on Oct 1, 2008.
It's probably because I set up the feeder later than I should have.
My 1st was in 2007 & I didn't buy it until June. In 2008, I was going on vacation & didn't want to set it up until I returned - which was in June.
This year, I plan to get it up earlier.

Nancy

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 13, 2009
6:10 AM

Post #6260075

I don't have this one but thought it was so cute!

http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_10104_043W021695110001P?vName=Tools%20&%20Outdoors&cName=OutdoorDecor&sName=Bird%20Baths%20&%20Feeders&psid=FROOGLE&sid=KDx20070926x00003a

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

March 13, 2009
12:09 PM

Post #6260431

GrandMaggie, are your ant moats homemade? Do you have a picture of them on the feeder? I can't see how they would attach...
Grandmaggie
Beachwood, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 13, 2009
2:19 PM

Post #6260835

No, luvsgrtdanes its not homemade. I bought them last year when I had an ant situation! Even the built-in any moats could not stop them! So I went to WBU and overpaid of course, but they work. Does this pic help? GM

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ClanCampbell
(Chris) Des Moines, IA
(Zone 5a)

March 13, 2009
7:34 PM

Post #6262038

Pelletory, I love the doubledecker! I've never seen it before.. interesting how it's put together..hmm, might have to buy one and try it.

Grandmaggie, my ant moats like that are black in color and I found them at Wally World for $1.25 ea, I think it was. The added bonus to having those on the feeders-- my chickadees think it's a great place to get a drink of water! It's fun to watch them do that roller coaster flight that they do as they go from one ant moat to the next. Boy, do they raise a stink when they find an empty one!!! :)

Chris
Grandmaggie
Beachwood, NJ
(Zone 6b)

March 13, 2009
8:26 PM

Post #6262206

Yes! You are right, my chicadees love to drink from them also!

GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

March 14, 2009
11:59 PM

Post #6267589

Hi All,
I've enjoyed viewing all your feeders! What a great thread

I have used the saucer type feeders because of their simplicity and easy cleaning. The hummers like 'em too! LOL
I did get a new type this week and feel they will be easy to clean and use. The bottle is a 16.9 oz Lipton ice tea bottle which I can just replace after several feedings. Then just recycle it. The feeder is easy to pop apart and clean also.

Saw my first Rufous this week at the feeder...no camera in hand though
:(

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GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
12:02 AM

Post #6267607

Just a picture from the Nature Store here.
Needless said I became overwhelmed ! LOL

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 15, 2009
12:32 AM

Post #6267721

Those are really cool looking feeders at the Nature Store and I like that new one of yours GGK. Did it come with the bottle and the mesh covering? I haven't seen one before. Congrats on your first Rufous...very exciting!

I got a new window feeder like Mrs. Ed's above. My old one didn't have an ant moat or perches like this new one does. I also got a fly thru Oriole feeder...recycled orange plastic and holds two orange halves and two cups for jelly. It is so pretty and will get a pic as soon as the sun shines!

GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
12:48 AM

Post #6267778

Hi Dellrose,
I got the feeder on ebay and it came with everything you see Bottle not included. It's a Gadjit ...I can add a link to the seller if that is ok. I'm not certain if I can do that anymore on DG?
I did get several ant moats today! They seem to find this area where I hang a feeder very quickly!!! Darn ants

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

March 15, 2009
12:50 AM

Post #6267789

yah, you can link as long as YOU aren't the seller.

GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
12:54 AM

Post #6267807

Hi MrsEd!
It's ok then I'm not the seller.
You get two for this price.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Soda-Bottle-Hummingbird-Feeder-2-pack_W0QQitemZ250378741599QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item250378741599&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=72%3A1205|66%3A2|65%3A12|39%3A1|240%3A1318|301%3A1|293%3A1|294%3A50
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 15, 2009
12:59 AM

Post #6267827

Nice feeder GardenGuy!

GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

March 15, 2009
1:05 AM

Post #6267867

Has anyone ever used this little gadget for a feeder? The saleslady said it works really well. Of course I forgot to ask the name of it so I could look it up online. Anyone know?
Thanks Pelletory

I forgot to mention...just as I hung the Gadjit feeder the Anna who has been my companion all winter visited

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

March 15, 2009
1:08 AM

Post #6267880

Thanks for the link Garden Guy!

I forgot I also got the only ant moat they had a WBU...the little red tulip one like Pelles!

luvsgrtdanes

luvsgrtdanes
(Ronnie), PA
(Zone 6b)

March 15, 2009
3:48 AM

Post #6268693

Thanks GP for the moat info. And yes the pic helped the old blond brain!! I'll check them out at Wally then WBU.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 15, 2009
1:46 PM

Post #6269957

that last thing looks like it might be prone to leaking to me...Garden Guy

GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

March 17, 2009
12:12 AM

Post #6277603

Hi Nanny
Thanks, I thought so too.
I found little info on them but here is a link. I guess it works on a vacuum type effect. You must fill the container completely before you place the feeder into the container. I'm not good at understanding the Law of Physics LOL
http://www.creektree.net/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=1143
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 19, 2009
12:16 PM

Post #6289065

Does anyone have the shade umbrellas for your feeders?

I just ordered one for my Oriole feeder.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 19, 2009
1:01 PM

Post #6289208

I look at those every year and think about getting one. But for the price not sure it is really worth it.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 19, 2009
1:30 PM

Post #6289292

I don't need one for my Hummingbird feeder but the Oriole one is in full sun so...
nanniepb
Cumberland Mtns, TN
(Zone 6b)

March 30, 2009
6:06 AM

Post #6338847

GardenGuy...is that netting going to be strong enough to hold a filled water bottle? doesn't seem like it would hold it.

hey...anyone...what is the formula for making hummingbird water? 1 part sugar, 4 parts water? ive got a new one too.

leaky brain syndrome =)
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

March 30, 2009
2:17 PM

Post #6339927

Hi nannie, Yes that's correct but I go a little stronger during both migrations. 1-3

GardenGuyKin

GardenGuyKin
Portland, OR
(Zone 8a)

March 31, 2009
1:39 AM

Post #6342807

Hi nannie, As you can see the netting is holding as snug as a bug in a rug! LOL
It's working great. Will need to wait and see if it does so during the Summer months. The heat may make it more pliable
f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

April 1, 2009
2:51 AM

Post #6348022

I don't think walmart has the ant moats this year. At least mine doesn't. Down here in the heat the built-in ones dry up in about two hours. The ants seem to just sit there and watch for it get dry. My Chickadees drink from my moats also. I was lucky to get them a couple of years ago when walmart still carried them. I thought about including a pic of a hummer with an ant on his beak here but I remembered that my computer crashed and I would have to look through a lot of DVDs to find the pic. Of the three types of feeders I have the hummers are only using walmart's cheapest.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

April 7, 2009
8:58 PM

Post #6378827

I can't seem to get Picasa to work correctly so I'll have to fix it later. Here is the uncropped shot

of my Oriole feeder.

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nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 7, 2009
11:44 PM

Post #6379613

I like that one...I am having trouble getting things cropped the way I want on Picasa.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

April 7, 2009
11:48 PM

Post #6379627

I have to reload mine, I didn't do it right the first time. Maybe it's the same for you.

Marna sent me this:

http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Picasa/thread?tid=5ceb35d19e7a388c&hl=en

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 7, 2009
11:56 PM

Post #6379654

Will check it out for sure...thanks!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 7, 2009
11:57 PM

Post #6379662

Oh Rats! Those of course are the PC instructions ! I'll keep looking for you pelletory
nanniepb
Cumberland Mtns, TN
(Zone 6b)

April 10, 2009
9:39 PM

Post #6392726

No ant moats here either. I looked at the local Co-op too.
I can't find fish emulsion either!

I'm not a WalMart fan.
reddirtretiree
Norman, OK

April 10, 2009
10:39 PM

Post #6393000

You can order ant moats for $5 through whatbird.com . Check their e-store.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 20, 2009
7:22 PM

Post #6437848

As I have mentioned I have a little OCD problem. Now a few weeks back my DH accused me of hoarding Humming Bird feeders...the ones from Walmart that we all like. Now I plead guilty to that one...you always need a spare, right!

Anyway...picked these up today! 4 Black & Blue Salvia plants...and a red visor. Couldn't find a red cowboy hat Rose! LOL

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

April 20, 2009
7:57 PM

Post #6438015

LOL Nanny! Well glad you have plants for sale now. Just getting some here, but still too early for some of them. I put my hammock out over the weekend and thought that I should have purchased a red one!! Alas, it is only blue and purple.

pelletory
Marlton, NJ

April 20, 2009
8:15 PM

Post #6438110

Where did you find them nanny?
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 20, 2009
8:22 PM

Post #6438149

nanniepb,I finally found fish emulsion at ace hardware,I too avoid walmart !!!!
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 20, 2009
8:29 PM

Post #6438174

This is last yrs. Id like a pretty new feeder ,my hubby grumbles, Iwill have one!!!

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

April 20, 2009
8:41 PM

Post #6438253

LOL hugger! Nice pic!
huggergirl
Columbia City, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 20, 2009
9:01 PM

Post #6438383

Thats really nice of you ,I now have a much better camera,with optical zoom not digital zoom,another lesson well learned!!

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

April 20, 2009
10:59 PM

Post #6438962

We have a fantastic place in a nearby town nearby called Old Farm Market...it is part market & part nursery and they sell fantastic plants. Last year I got the last 2 they had in the little 3 inch pots. I wanted to get first crack at some this year!

DH thought $20 a little much for 4 annuals, but I told him these were out of the entertainment budget, not landscaping/gardening... :0)

Places around here are just beginning to get stuff in.

Huggergirl, you just stick to your guns! Any special occasions coming ????

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dellrose
The Ozarks, MO
(Zone 5b)

April 20, 2009
11:08 PM

Post #6438996

Cute pic Hugger!! I also learned the hard way about digital zoom!!

Nanny...I am very proud of you!! You did great and those Salvia plants are gonna give you lots of photo ops of the little Hummers!!

I went by our local garden center and they had lots of plants...unfortunately the prices were way too high for me. I will probably be getting the little 6 packs to save some money so I can buy more bird seed and feeders!!
nanniepb
Cumberland Mtns, TN
(Zone 6b)

May 21, 2009
4:45 PM

Post #6579201

No pictures, but I wanted to tell what happened to me earlier this week.

I've been transplanting all the wintersowing I did this year and was walking around the back yard watering flowers with a water can where the water hose doesn't reach. A hummingbird got right next to the water coming out of the spout and just hovered there for a minute or so. It was amazing...I couldn't see the wings, but I could clearly see the colors of it's chest and its body. I didn't move thinking it might get close enough to get a drink, but it just flew away. that was my 2nd one to see so far this year.

maybe it will come back to those flowers later when they've got blooms.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

May 21, 2009
5:25 PM

Post #6579336

That's great nanniepb! I have no doubt he'll be back for you!
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

June 15, 2009
7:33 PM

Post #6691493

WalMart finally got their First Nature feeders back in so I bought the first one for me.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 16, 2009
1:14 AM

Post #6693028

awesome! so easy to clean!
f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

June 16, 2009
2:37 AM

Post #6693428

Ant moats can be made from measureing cup lids like the ones found on liquid laundry soap bottles and an eye bolt. I have not made one yet but I have put a lot of thought into it. It would require three nuts and two rubber washers(to keek the moat from leaking) for the eyebolt. After drilling a hole in the lid use one nut and washer inside the lid and a nut and washer on the other side. Then some kind of hook(maybe a bent wire) and another nut to secure it. Those type bottles come with different color measuring cup lids depending on the brand. I guess a hole could be drilled through the bottom of the eyebolt.

For those of you who want to purchase moats. I noticed that there still are some of the red umbrella ones on ebay that someone told about on this thread.

Pelle both sizes of those first nature feeders have really been selling good this year. We put the 16ounce one on an endcap two and a half months ago and have had to restock it everyday. They come eight to a case. I have had to restock two cases everyday and some days eight cases.
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

June 16, 2009
3:07 AM

Post #6693586

Feeder... 1st male Ruby ive ever seen personally, sorry about the picture it was nearly dark.

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f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

June 16, 2009
3:19 AM

Post #6693628

congrats on the hummer Burd.
Burd_Fotos
Sandusky, OH

June 16, 2009
3:45 AM

Post #6693755

Thanks, looking forward to snapping his photo more often.
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

June 16, 2009
11:21 AM

Post #6694407

Nice one Burd!

Hi Frank, That's a good idea. I might have been the one to tell about the red umbrella ant moat since I have one.
f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

June 21, 2009
10:34 PM

Post #6720184

Home made ant moat. Eye bolt with hole drilled in the end, laundry detergent bottle top with hole drilled dead center, 2 nuts, 2 steel washers and two washers made from seal wrap repair tape.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

June 22, 2009
12:02 AM

Post #6720552

Good job Frank!
f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

June 22, 2009
12:14 AM

Post #6720589

and it is still full of water after 24 hours!!!
burn_2007
Grand-Falls, NB
(Zone 4a)

June 22, 2009
1:07 AM

Post #6720795

Like your idea Frank. Reusable, recyclable, and pretty. Thanks for the idea.
f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

June 22, 2009
3:00 AM

Post #6721181

A red one would have been better.

onewish1

onewish1
Denville, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 22, 2009
1:34 PM

Post #6722370

very nice!

Resin

Resin
Northumberland
United Kingdom
(Zone 9a)

June 22, 2009
3:39 PM

Post #6722869

Wouldn't a red moat confuse the hummers? Make them think the pool was more nectar?

Resin
Grandmaggie
Beachwood, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 22, 2009
6:09 PM

Post #6723648

Great idea f_chisolm! I have red ant moats on all of my hummer feeders, and they are not confused at all. They always go straight to the nectar.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 22, 2009
6:09 PM

Post #6723650

and dont' some other birds drink from the moat?

Grandmaggie
Beachwood, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 22, 2009
6:37 PM

Post #6723772

Yes, the chicadees love to drink from them! And my catbirds also!
f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

June 25, 2009
4:48 PM

Post #6737204

An ant moat made from a tomato sauce can. I will most likely paint this yellow.

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Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2009
4:49 PM

Post #6737207

you GO frank!
f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

June 25, 2009
4:57 PM

Post #6737248

Vienna sausage cans would be a good size. I wonder if they would attract hummers if they had red flowers with yellow centers painted on them. Not counting my time these cost less than a dollar apeice. It only takes about fifteen minutes to make them. What about red and yellow stripes spiraling around them. Sort of like a barber's pole except yellow where the white would be.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2009
6:46 PM

Post #6737673

I hate the moat I bought at WBU. The stupid eye bolt is not big enough to fit on the shepherd hook!! I have to use a twisty tie to attach it to the hook...DUMB!!!!!!

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2009
6:49 PM

Post #6737683

Maybe you can hire frank to make you some.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2009
7:09 PM

Post #6737768

Maybe...LOL
f_chisolm
Richland, MS
(Zone 8b)

June 25, 2009
7:26 PM

Post #6737838

Eye bolts are a problem. I have not found any as long as I would like to have them. I have not found any longer than 2 1/2 inches. A 1/4 inch shaft is the perfect size for me. The eye of that size bolt is large enough for a sheperd hook. The shaft is just right to drill a hole through the end.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 25, 2009
8:00 PM

Post #6737978

Maybe the trick is to buy some nice hooks, like for pan racks, or just simple S hooks.
Grandmaggie
Beachwood, NJ
(Zone 6b)

June 25, 2009
8:20 PM

Post #6738056

Its ok nanny, just use a "s" hook. I got my moats at WBU also.

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teresa05
Joshua, TX

June 25, 2009
9:17 PM

Post #6738307

Our dirty old fashioned hummingbird feeder, and a shy hummingbird. I think he's a ruby throated hummingbird?

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

June 25, 2009
9:49 PM

Post #6738426

Looks like a Ruby-throated Teresa.

nanny_56

nanny_56
Putnam County, IN
(Zone 5b)

June 25, 2009
10:51 PM

Post #6738682

I keep meaning to get some more "S" hooks but I keep forgetting!! I just assumed it would fit...
catmama50
Flowery Branch, GA
(Zone 7b)

June 29, 2009
12:42 PM

Post #6752984

Hi,

I really enjoy watching hummingbirds or just birds in general.
I sometimes will sit for hours, just trying to get the perfect shot.
I have so many pictures of hummingbirds and birds on my computer, trying to think of an idea, as to what to do with all those pics. LOL !!!!!!!!!!
Anyone have any ideas, please post.
Will send pics soon, memory is low on computer now, need to transfer pics to the gadget my husband got for me.
Hmmm., wonder why the memory is low, could it be all pictures, Nah, surely not,. LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

pelletory
Marlton, NJ

June 29, 2009
6:31 PM

Post #6754518

Hi cat! Transfer them to discs.

Mrs_Ed

Mrs_Ed
Whiteside County, IL
(Zone 5a)

September 14, 2009
11:22 PM

Post #7064485

It's late in the year, but let's take this over here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1038402/
Abutilon
Coal Center, PA
(Zone 6a)

January 8, 2010
4:02 PM

Post #7441774

One of my "natural" feeders .. lol
(We do have made feeders, too!!)
But the cannas bring most of our hummers.
Alice

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