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The_Duckslayer

Hummers that picky?

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OK. we have have had a Hummingbird feeder in the front and back of the house for years. Filled it up this spring and they came like gangbusters to clean up on them. Then we were shopping a couple weeks ago and picked up some sugar. Instead of the G&H we got the generic sugar, after all, sugar is sugar right? Well the hummers come to them now take one swig and they are on their way. What the heck... isn't generic sugar good enuff for the lile buggers? Any one else ever run into this issue? Thanks././Jimbo

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Nope, never run into it, and we've alternated between any ole kind of sugar that's cheapest on the day we're in the store.

Could be coincidence. Sometimes hummers don't hang around and guzzle their fill, but dip in a time or two and buzz off. There were a couple times I wondered if it was the mix or something, but the next day or the next week I'd see them gobbling the same stuff they were only sipping the day before.

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Well it has been over two weeks and they never take more than one swig and then fly off. That is not really been the norm around here. Will have to keep an eye on them... we did re-mix but still the same results. Have a good one././Jibmo

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they may be nesting and caring for the youngins. thats what ive been told at times. when it gets warm out the feed needs to get changed more often to.

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Also the flowers have been blooming. So many of the nectar carrying flowers are out strong now.

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The males don't care for the young at all. That's why, once the hummers are nesting, you generally only see the males coming to the nectar feeders. The females are out getting insects to feed the young. Once the young can fly, usually in August, the nectar feeder again becomes a true circus of activity.

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WOW... they take till August to be able to fly? That is a long time! Thought that maybe with the 2 nice days we had we might see some but nope... have not seen one in some time. Will keep an eye out for them... they gotta come out of the wood work sooner or later. Take care and N Joy the Hunt././Jimbo

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