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How To Train Hummingbirds To Eat From Your Hand

by jughandle

Are you a fan of the “bee of birds”, the Hummingbird? Sure you are, who isn’t?

This post will have them eating from your hand, literally.

Feeding Hummingbirds by Hand

You’ll be the bird whisperer when your friends see you feeding hummingbirds by hand!

A Bird In The Hand

Feeding hummingbirds by hand just takes a little patience.

It’s no great trick to get a hummingbird to eat from a container that you’re holding. That’s easy, but how about getting to actually feel one of these little vibrating birds on your hand?

Follow the steps outlined below to experience the feeling this summer.

Steps to Feeding Hummingbirds by Hand

Expand Your Offerings-

If you have always had one or two feeders, expand your offerings. Attract more hummingbirds to your yard by offering multiple feeders. I’m talking at least 5 or 6 and spread them apart a bit, around 10 feet or more.

Spend Time Among The Birds-

As the buzzing visitors’ traffic increases, make your presence be known by spending time out among the feeders so the hummingbirds get used to you. Even if you scare them off at first, be patient. They will come back.

Hold A Feeder In Your Hand-

After they get used to you and they are zipping past you and around you, hold one of the feeders in your hand. If you are persistent and rather still, they will eventually start feeding from the one you’re holding.

Remove Your Feeders And Hold A Small Feeder In Your Hand-

You will eventually consistently get birds to eat from your hand held feeder. When you do and you have good hummingbird traffic one day, remove your other feeders. Place a small feeder filled with sugar water in the palm of your hand. you can make one from a broken feeder or an old plastic soda or milk bottle.

Keep At It-

Keep trying. If at first you don’t succeed, put your other feeders back out to build traffic. Then try the hand feeder again. If you do it right they will sit on your fingers while they eat. How cool would it be to have a hummingbird in your hand?


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