Concord, NH (PRWEB) April 12, 2006
Duncraft, the catalog and website for wild bird and nature enthusiasts, invites us to share our yards with these tiny shimmering winged-jewels. From feeders to food, ant deterrents to cleaning brushes--you’ll find everything for hummingbirds at http://www.duncraft.com
Sharon Dunn, president of Duncraft, is excited about their expanded hummingbird feeder collection. "Our feeders can be decorative--or purely functional, handblown glass or plastic, in a wide price range. Our Hummingbird Feeder Mobile is a decorative garden sculpture whose four nectar pods gently float on the breeze. I’m proud we’re offering the new Pink Ribbon Feeder--incorporating the well-known ribbon symbol for breast cancer awareness. A portion of the proceeds from these sales is donated to breast cancer early detection programs in the US and Mexico. This is a lovely, thoughtful gift."
Hummingbirds eat about 7 to 10 times an hour. Their diet consists of flower nectar and insects, but they also love prepared nectar solutions. Duncraft offers only clear nectar foods in convenient powder mixes--just add water and fill. All Duncraft's hummingbird feeders feature bright red accents, the color that attracts hummers--so red dye used in nectars in the past is unnecessary. And here's a great nectar tip from Sharon, "If you're finding ants are getting into your nectar, try using an ant baffle. We carry ant baffles like the Ant Detourant--it looks like a clear mini-terrarium, or the Red Flower Ant Moat in a bold shade of red."
Place hummingbird feeders in a shady location and keep them clean. Cleanliness is extremely important--a dirty feeder is unhealthy and hummingbirds simply won't use them. In warm weather, nectar can spoil in 2-5 days--so only offer as much as can be consumed in a couple days. Wash your hummingbird feeders every time you refill with a solution of hot, soapy water. Duncraft sells a handy set of nectar brushes designed for the smaller openings and curved angles of hummingbird feeders. If you plan on hanging more than one feeder, space them well apart--hummingbirds are very territorial and will defend their own special feeding spot.
Few of us will ever see a hummingbird's nest because it is expertly disguised. Woven with spiders' silk, the outside is covered with lichen for camouflage. Usually about five feet off the ground, a hummer's nest is only 1 1/2" in diameter and blends right in with foliage. The two tiny eggs that are usually laid could easily be covered with a penny. "Our customers are thrilled to learn about our ready-to-use 'house' for hummingbirds--they never knew such a product existed," says Dunn.
Hummingbirds find a refreshing mist of water irresistible. Sharon says, "Hummingbirds love our misters. We offer both an attractive floral mister that stakes into the ground and a convenient nozzle spray mister you attach to a tree limb or bird bath. Misters work like magnets to draw lots of other songbirds, too." (Misters use only a couple gallons of water per day.)
This month on Duncraft's blog you'll find tips for attracting hummingbirds and orioles, and you may share your own tips, photos and personal stories with the Duncraft community. Visit Duncraft’s blog at http://blogs.shareup.net/duncraft
Duncraft, Inc., located in Concord, NH, was founded in 1952. The Duncraft Living with Nature Catalog and the http://www.duncraft.com website offers hundreds of the very best wild bird and nature-related gifts, birdfeeders, bird foods, exclusive pet items, backyard pest solutions and garden décor.