Bees VS Hummingbirds

Old 08-28-2018, 09:06 AM
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Do any of you have a fool-proof way to attract more hummingbirds than bees to your hummingbird feeder????
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Old 08-28-2018, 12:49 PM
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get the type with bee guards, basically a cage over the opening so the hummers' long tongues can get the nectar but the bees can't.

This shows a feeder with the guards, they are the yellow part.
http://www.birdsandblooms.com/wp-con...er-350x426.jpg
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Here are a few sites that might help or give you ideas:

https://www.thespruce.com/keeping-be...feeders-386570
http://www.birdsandblooms.com/birdin...gbird-feeders/
https://www.perkypet.com/articles/bees-at-feeders
https://www.thriftyfun.com/tf11973966.tip.html
http://www.worldofhummingbirds.com/uninvitedbees.php
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I put a little vegetable oil on mine, seems to discourage them.
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Old 08-29-2018, 06:00 AM
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Bee guards...Perky Pet has them for their feeders, but if you have a different brand, they might not work. We had wasps that were partial to the feeder earlier this year. At first, the hummers avoided the feeder until the wasp(s) left. Later in the season, the hummers would sit and drink opposite the wasps. Buying a hanging basket with flowers that hummers love helped so they now have a choice and the wasps have gone elsewhere.
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I have a bee catcher next to my feeder. Just put some of the sugar water in it and they fly in to get it and can't get out. It has stopped them from going to the feeder.
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Thank you for your responses........I've looked up all of your links and have learned LOTS. I also took a dry cloth to my feeder and made sure there were no drips on the bottom nor the sides. The bees still show up but don't stay long....rather, the hummers stay longer without the distraction of the bees. So much more enjoyable to watch. Again, THANK YOU.
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Bees were a problem but, the baby woodpeckers were a bigger problem. Being they weigh more they tip the feeders and the juice runs out.

At night the raccoons would pull the feeders down. I no longer feed any birds because of the wild life. So sad, I enjoy them.
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I had a feeder as the one shown by birds and blooms last year. Somehow little baby flies got into it by the dozens...of course they frown, but the hummingbirds wouldn't go anywhere near it until I cleaned it out each time. Has to be a better way!!
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I quit feeding my orioles and hummers this summer because of bees. Our good neighbors have bee hives and had brought in new bees...I had hundreds of them in the feeders. Rather than "kill" the neighbors bees, I let nature feed the hummers this year. Will try something different next year, so thanks for the information!
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