I made these out of wine bottles, t shirt strips, fabric & plastic bag flowers and stoppers I purchased from Annnna on Etsy. If you want to try your own, be sure to specify WINE bottle size when you order from her.
Notes about feeding Hummers -
- the syrup recipe is 4 parts water to 1 part white sugar. NO colors please! Food colorings are neurotoxins for humans and all other creatures. Bring the solution to a boil and let it cool completely before filling feeders. You can store excess in a sealed glass jar in your fridge for 2 weeks.
- sterility - If you life in a hot climate the syrup needs to be changed every few days to keep it from growing bacteria. I bleach out my feeders every refill cycle and rinse well.
- once you start feeding you must keep it up during the appropriate seasons as the birds learn to depend on you for nutrition! Google when to put up/take down feeders in your area.
- bugs! One site I read said to hang a porous bag of orange slices near the feeders as the decaying fruit (change them regularly :-) attracts fruit flies which hummers also eat to fatten themselves up.