Feeding Baby Hummingbirds
Hummingbirds are one of nature’s most delightful creatures, but they require a diet specifically tailored to their needs. When it comes to feeding baby hummingbirds, the procedure is slightly different than looking after adults. Here is what you need to know when it comes to providing nutrition and sustenance for your little friends.
Identifying Baby Hummingbirds
If you think you have a nest with baby hummingbirds in it you need to be able to identify them. You can usually spot baby hummingbirds at the nest because they are wide-eyed and will usually hiss and peep when they see you. Their age range also gives an indication of baby hummingbirds, with the babies ranging in age from 8 to 15 days.
First and foremost, it’s important to note that human beings should avoid touching hummingbird chicks or trying to interact with them directly. Doing the wrong thing can use of their energy reserves, meaning that they won’t have enough energy to survive on their own. It’s also crucial that the nesting box or area is kept safe from predators.
Nutrition for Baby Hummingbirds
Baby hummingbirds need to eat a lot to maintain their energy levels, and the main part of their diet should consist of:
- Insects: Flies and mosquitos are great sources of protein so include these in the birds’ diet.
- Nectar: This provides them with the carbohydrate energy they need.
You can find hummingbird-friendly feeders that can be filled with water to make the nectar for baby hummingbirds. These should refresh every 2-3 days to provide nutrient-rich food for the birds.
Providing Water and Shelter
Apart from providing nutritious food, it’s also important to ensure that baby hummingbirds have access to water and shelter. Make sure that the area they are living in is sheltered from the wind and rain. Additionally, having a source of fresh, clean water available will provide them with the hydration they need.
Baby hummingbirds need a diet high in protein and carbohydrates to stay healthy and grow. Provide them with insects, fresh nectar, water and shelter and you’ll be helping them thrive.