Hummingbird Feeder: When Should It Go Out?

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Hummingbird Feeder when should it go out?

But, Wherever You are Hummingbird Feeders Should Go Out Early!


It is always a good idea to hang your Hummingbird Feeders a couple of weeks earlier than you expect the Hummers to return.

Hummingbirds return to the location of feeders that they have used in previous years.

I have experienced their return before I had my feeders out and was alerted to their arrival by their swooping past my kitchen window repeatedly as if to say:

"Hey, we're back but you are obviously not ready!"

When spring is early it is a good idea to hang your feeders out even earlier. Of course exactly when depends on where you are located.

Some years they can be a good 2 weeks earlier than most years, so being ahead of the little birds by preparing early is key.







Hummingbird Feeder when should it go out?

What to do if You are Not Sure When Your Hummingbirds Will Return?

If you are not sure when your Hummers are due to arrive back, keep track of their progress with this spring migration map that tracks the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds return north each year.

This will assist you in getting your feeders out in time for their return. You will be able to determine from watching their progress when would be a good time to get your feeders prepared.

It's best to start watching the map in February every year which will help you see how far they travel in a week so will know how early to hang your feeder outside.

You can also look at earlier years and determine a likely date from that data.

You may even decide to report the date when you first see them at your own feeders which will help others along their route farther north!



Hummingbird Feeder when should it go out?

If you would like more information about Hummers migration you will find it here:

 Migration Route of the Ruby Throated Hummingbird


Hummingbird Feeder when should it go out?

When Hanging Your Hummingbird Feeders Early?

When you hang your feeders out early it is very important to keep the syrup fresh by cleaning your hummingbird feeders and changing the syrup, even though you may not have Hummingbirds feeding at them yet.

If the syrup is allowed to hang in the sun, even though the temperatures outside may not be high, the syrup could become rancid and make your wild birds sick.

So change your syrup twice a week until they return. Then increase the frequency to every second day and when it is very hot, everyday.

Then everyone will enjoy this wonderful pastime more.

Happy birding!
Judy


Hummingbird Feeder when should it go out?

There is a lot to know about Feeding Hummingbirds, find more info below & in sidebar at top.


  • Hummingbird Feeders are specialized feeders designed to attract a specific little bird that has a unique eating style. Care must be taken to prepare the food safely for these unique birds and feeders maintained properly to prevent disease. Learn more...

About Habitat & Behaviour


  • Hummingbird Mating is truly a joy to witness! Their flaming gorgets which attract mates also wins our hearts.


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