Make Your Own Hummingbird Feeder
Did you know that there are five species of hummingbirds found in the state of Michigan? The five species are the Ruby-throated, Rufous, Broad-billed, Green Violet-ear, and the White-eared. The Ruby-throated species of hummingbird is native to the area and will arrive usually around the first week of May and most will leave towards the end of September. Where as the Broad-billed hummingbirds arrive in July and leave in December. So if you like bird watching and especially those of the hummingbird species, then we have a great Do-It-Yourself RV hummingbird feeder that you should try!
If you haven’t already notice this, hummingbird feeders generally have bright red parts on them, the reason is to attract the hummingbirds since most flowers they feed on are generally vibrant in color. Here is a list of items you will need to make your very own hummingbird feeder.
Hummingbird RV Feeder
- Plastic (eco friendly, BPA free) or glass 1 oz spice jar
- Bendable wire that holds it’s shape
- Round nose, flat nose and needle nose pliers with wire cutter
- Window suction cup hanger ( to hold your feeder on the side of your RV)
Assembling your feeder
- Cut about 8” of wire that you will wrap around the jar to make an ‘L’ shaped hook.
- Start 2” from the end of the wire, using your flat nose pliers, create a loop shape that will fit securely around the jar. Then fold 1” of the wire around itself tightly.
- Next you are going to bed your wire up to create a 90 degree angle using your flat and needle nose pliers.
- At the end of your wire create a loop with your round nose pliers.-Cut another piece of wire that is 7” long and create a small hook at the end of the wire to hold your feeder.
- Make a large loop at the other end that will be used to hang the feeder either to your suction cup hanger or a tree.
- Use a small drill to create some holes in the lid of the jar.
Now that you have made your hummingbird feeder you will need to make some food to put in it! Click here to see photos of the hummingbird feeder.
Hummingbird Food Recipe
- One part white granulated sugar
- Four parts boiling water
- Stir your sugar into boiling water until it is completely dissolved.
- Let mixture cool.
- Make sure your feeder is clean on the inside and then fill with food.
You can store any leftover food mixture in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks. Make sure you clean your feeder every few days with hot water and a small amount of vinegar, then rinse thoroughly. For the health and safety of the birds never leave out your feeder for more than 2-3 days. Bacteria and mold can grow in sugar water and become fermented. If it is especially hot out then food should be changed daily. Avoid placing your feeder in direct sunlight as this will cause the food to spoil more quickly. You also never want to use honey in your mixture because when honey is diluted with water, bacteria and fungus can thrive. If you want to learn more about feeding hummingbirds check out this article on All About Birds.
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Now that you have your own hummingbird feeder you can enjoy watching your little friends come by your RV for a snack! Don’t have an RV? If you’ve been thinking about purchasing a new or used RV make sure you check out A&S RV Center available inventory. A&S will work with you to get you the best deal and find the RV of your dreams!