How To: Attract hummingbirds to your yard

Attract hummingbirds to your yard

Hummingbirds are just as pretty as flowers—and a lot more interesting to watch. Here's how to bring these tiny miracles within view.

You Will Need

* A store-bought or homemade hummingbird feeder
* Water
* Granulated sugar
* And a bottle scrubber
* Red ribbon
* Colorful flowers to plant in your yard
* And petroleum jelly

Hummingbirds are attracted to the color red. Most feeders have red on them, but make yours more enticing by tying a red ribbon around the top. Don't add red food coloring to your nectar. It may be harmful to hummingbirds. Never substitute honey for sugar. Honey can give hummingbirds mouth infections. If the hummingbird feeder attracts too many ants, try smearing a little petroleum jelly on its hanger.

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