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Sugar Birds

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Hello everyone,
I got such a wonderful responce about gardening, I thought I'd try again.
How do you attract those pretty little sugar birds to dine? I've tried just placing a saucer out w/sugar, but it just ends up a melty mess :-X
What am I doing wrong?
Thanx again!!

Posted : December 20, 2008 1:35 pm
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The Sugar Birds that I feed only come between the hours of 8:45AM and 9:30AM. They will only eat in the shade and will only take dry sugar. I have about six (6) regulars. I have tried to trick them with flour, pancake mix, and salt they get mad and start chirping they didn't buy the Sweet & Low or equal either.

Posted : December 20, 2008 2:25 pm
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Mine must be hungrier. They eat dry sugar but in the sun & in the morning. If you don't put it out, they sit on the railing & chirp angrily at you.

Posted : December 20, 2008 4:27 pm
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We keep a small bowl of sugar on the porch rail. The roof overhang keeps the rain from melting the sugar and the birds come all day long. They get pretty noisy when we forget to to refill the bowl...

Posted : December 21, 2008 4:39 pm
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If you don't have any around and you are just starting tho... how do you attract them, or... how long after you put the bowl out will they begin to take notice and show up.?

Posted : December 21, 2008 8:04 pm
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LT2 - exactly, how do you attract & how long to show up time? I've tried white, raw & brown sugars & none seem to draw them 🙁
Also tried the porch rail on our veranda, maybe they just don't like me ha ha ha.
Gosh, this is like snipe!

Posted : December 21, 2008 8:20 pm
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I don't know. My place is near trees & bushes so I think they were already nesing there. Just keep it out there & they should eventually show up.

Posted : December 21, 2008 9:08 pm
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my expirence is that sugar water (3 to 1) brings the humming bids in and a dish of simple sugar works to bring the yellow bids and the humming birds. I put the stuff in the shade but there are some people that just put it out side in the sun.


Posted : December 21, 2008 9:59 pm
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I have chickens and the sugar birds seem to flock to the chicks food more then the chickens do. So i don't think it alwasy has to be sugar. Also i have noticed that alot of the sugar birds have deformaties. I looked at some up close and personal and was shocked to see some strange things growing on them. Not sure why? But they seem happy and healthy besides that.

Posted : December 22, 2008 6:14 pm
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Hey DixieChick: What kinda deformities did you see growing on them?

Posted : December 22, 2008 6:28 pm
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I poured the bottom of the Frosted Mini Wheat box in my dish... you would've thought it was crack. I went from 3 usual birds to 12 all fighting for it.

Posted : December 23, 2008 1:00 am
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lol..................frosted crack wheats!

Posted : December 23, 2008 9:48 am
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I keep 2 Hummingbird feeders out and the sugar birds (Bananaquints, our island bird) fight with the Hummingbirds over the feeders! Just be patient, they will show up eventually! Enjoy them!

Posted : December 24, 2008 11:27 am
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Thanx for all the tips & will keep trying!
I just might get me some of those frosted wheat squares............still laughing! 😀
Thanx to all & Merry Merry Christmas!

Posted : December 24, 2008 12:59 pm
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