For the life of a hummingbird, you need to provide an aviary, which is best made of wood. One side of it can be made glass, and the other is better to darken. It is necessary to provide adequate ventilation with warm air and the necessary lighting.
In the enclosure, you can put a circulating fountain, which will provide the desired degree of humidity. This is necessary for hummingbirds, most of which live in places where the humidity is very high.
In captivity, birds feed on liquid feed, replacing nectar and insects. As studies have shown, nectar alone is not enough to feed these birds and insects must be included in their feed. Therefore, in the nutritional mixture for hummingbirds, not only honey syrup is included, but also food containing animal proteins and fats.
For example, a hummingbird can be fed a mixture of a teaspoon into a glass of boiled water of milk food for children, a quarter of a teaspoon of egg powder and a teaspoon of flower honey. All this must be filtered through a strainer and poured into automatic drinkers with a spout, into which liquid for hummingbird feed will come.
Grinded boiled meat, cottage cheese and mashed cheeses can be added to the mixture. The mixture should be homogeneous and free from lumps. For hummingbirds that feed on insects, you can give small insects and their larvae: Drosophila or small flour worms. Hummingbirds also eat ant eggs.
Hummingbird chicks need to be fed every 15-20 minutes, without which they will not survive. This is determined by their high metabolism. Hummingbirds sleep at night and if at that time they touch them, they only squeak weakly, but do not move.
Hummingbirds should always have food, and nutrient mixtures must be re-cooked daily so that they do not deteriorate. It can be fed with specially prepared low-fat meat broth, which should be stored in the refrigerator.
In order for flies to appear in a hummingbird’s cage, peach bones and peel from bananas can be scattered in the cage. After the appearance of flies, hummingbirds will regale themselves with them.
The hummingbird cage must be positioned so that direct sunlight falls on it, in which these little birds like to bask.
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Hummingbird feeders are special containers that are filled with sweet nectar and hung out for tiny birds. Hummingbirds can easily access nectar from feeders with their long beaks in the same way as with real flowers. WorldofHummingbirds.com recommends putting a feeder in your garden to better invite these beautiful birds into the yard for viewing pleasure. Creating your own personalized hummingbird feeder from cheap materials is quite easy to do, and you can start enjoying these gem birds in a short amount of time.
Watch the hummingbird near the feeder.
Cut a large hole at the top of the 2 liter bottle cap using a service knife.
Place a napkin on the bottom of the plastic cup or large plastic lid - depending on what you are using. In the next step, the napkin will act as a spacer.
Glue the cap from the 2 liter bottle cap into a large plastic cup or cap about half the cup so that the cap does not touch the bottom. Do this by gradually creating “bridges” of glue on the sides to secure the cap.
Remove the tissue from the bottom of the cup when finished.
Glue fake flowers, each of which should have a hole in the center, inside the cup, so that the open flower bottoms stick to the nectar, which will eventually fill half the cup. The idea is that the birds will feed, as usual, sticking a beak to the flower to get nectar inside.
Drill a hole in the bottom of the 2 liter bottle and insert the wire through the hole. Secure the wire by sealing it with hot glue. You need to fix the bottom of the bottle waterproof so that it does not contain nectar.
Fill the bottle with nectar when the glue has dried. Put on the glued cap and cup apparatus and quickly turn it over. Hang it with a wire.