Feeding hummingbirds

The Hummingbird’s Amazing Metabolism

Yes, hummingbirds do indeed have a very high metabolic rate, but nevertheless hummingbirds do not eat until they are full at every opportunity. During daylight hours, the hummingbird will eat frequently for short periods of time. A hummingbird will feed 5-8 per hour with each one only lasting about 30 seconds in length. At night, the hummingbird will eat as heavily as the nectar supply will allow. The hummingbird may store a third of its weight in nectar to ensure that it will survive its overnight fast while maintaining its normal resting metabolic rate.

It is important to keep in mind that a hummingbird can starve to death in as little as two hours. This is why it must store so much of its weight in nectar to ensure it will survive the night.

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How Much Nectar Do Hummingbirds Need?

Just how much nectar does a hummingbird require each day? Unfortunately, there is no exact or set amount. All that can be stated with certainty is that a hummingbird will require one and a half times its body weight in nectar each day to fulfill its daily energy requirements. The exact amount of nectar that a hummingbird will need to consume on any given day will very depend on many different factors. This includes the bird’s activity level, the current air temperature, the quality of available resources, and the time of year.

With this in mind, you can see why having plenty of natural food sources as well as hummingbird feeders in your yard is important. The hummingbirds will thank you for having provided such dependable sources of food and you will be able to enjoy the antics and aerial displays put on by the hummingbirds.

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Top Fill Hummingbird Feeder-Instructional Video

If you are looking for a top fill hummingbird feeder, then this may be just what you are looking for. Perky-Pet®’s has come out with a brand new top fill hummingbird Feeder, available at http://www.perkypet.com, is easy to fill and clean. It features an easy to fill wide mouth top and an advanced “sports bottle” like function to facilitate replenishing the nectar.

This easy to understand instructional video walks you through the easy steps for refilling the feeder’s nectar and cleaning the feeder. This hummingbird feeder may be cleaned with the Perky-Pet® cleaning mop. Feeders should be cleaned every 3-5 days, or more often in extremely warm climates.

I am not receiving any financial compensation for placing this video on the site or for telling you about the product. As a hummingbird enthusiast myself, I am always on the lookout for new products and thought others might also benefit from knowing what is new on the market today.

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