Friday, August 7, 2009

Perky Pet Hummingbird Feeder - Giveaway #5


THE GREAT GARDEN GIVEAWAY BONANZA #5

Have you been following along with Thyme for Herbs all week? If you have, you know what this is all about. If not, I'd better tell you because you won't believe it! Birdfeeders.com is sponsoring a 6 days of a ten-day giveaway of garden and outdoor items!
The feeder shown here is one of 5 birdfeeders being offered for you to win, each on a separate day. This one is the Aster Top-Fill model. It's bright and lively, just waiting for your hummingbirds to sample its sweet nectar.

Hang it in a spot where the little hummers can fly in and out of easily. They are very fast movers but still an easy target while hovering, so they need a quick exit path. In order to coax them to your garden, place the feeder outside as soon as the weather warms up, even though they may not have migrated to your area yet. That way it will be fresh and ready when they are.

Watch closely for ants and bees in the feeders; keep your feeders clean.

It's also important to keep the nectar fresh and Perky Pet has found a way for you to do that with very little effort. Just mix the powder nectar with water. Follow the directions and measure carefully to get the correct ratio of powdered nectar to water.




After a few days, check your feeder to see if it is ready for cleaning. Perky Pet has a cleaning mop that's just perfect for the job. The long stem allows you to reach inside and swab out the bottom of the feeder and the feeder holes.
Birdfeeders.com would like you to have the chance to win all three of these items for your garden. Here's how:

1. Leave a comment about something you learned at the Birdfeeders.com site.


2. For a second chance to win, sign up as an e-mail subscriber with Feedburner, Feed Blitz, or become a Google Follower (see sidebar.) Then leave a second comment telling me you have subscribed or that you are already a subscriber.
If you subscribe in more than one way, leave a separate comment for each.

3. For a third chance to win, blog or Tweet about this contest with a link here, then come back and leave another comment telling me about it.


4. If you're not a blogger, be sure to leave your contact e-mail address like this to avoid spammers: pianananna(at)gmail(dot)com. If I don't have a way to reach you or you don't respond in three days, your name will be disqualified, and I will choose again, picking my favorite answer.

Good Luck!!


Open to US residents only, 18+.
Winners will be chosen by random.org.
Email addresses will not be shared with any third parties.
This Giveaway ends on Thursday, August 13th, 2009 at midnight ET.
Watch the side bar for links to all 10 giveaways!


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143 comments:

cdziuba said...

I learned this today:

Tube Feeders




Tube feeders are usually made of a clear plastic tube and can have

either plastic or metal caps, bases and perches. Tube feeders keep seed fairly clean and dry, and if they have metal feeding ports they are somewhat squirrel resistant. Tube feeders come in a wide assortment of types and sizes, each designed to fit the needs of different species of birds.


Triple tube feeders feature three separate tubes that can be emptied independently. The advantages of triple tube feeders include being able to attract a wider variety of birds if each of the tubes is filled with a different type of bird seed. Or, if you prefer to just use one seed type, having three tubes of seed means less refills are needed.



When using a variety of seeds in a triple tube feeder, you may want to consider the kind of bird you wish to attract to your feeder. Black-Oil Sunflower seeds attract cardinals, chickadees, nuthatches, titmice and jays.

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Anonymous said...

Bird Library is Ggreat.


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Rose said...

I like their link to the hummingbird migration info. I've seen this before, but lost the link. That little mop would sure come in handy for cleaning the feeders!

mgster said...

I learned that Hummingbirds are actually tropical birds. I thought I knew a lot about them, but this was news to me. I also love the mop to clean the feeders. I have been through quite a few feeders over the years, but the one you show is great. I would love to win, so thanks!
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abbygirl said...

I learned that I should be putting out hummingbird feeders BEFORE I actually see them. I do know that once they come around and I have not provided nourishment, they go elsewhere. They are so much fun to watch - I (we) love them. This feeder is pretty and functional.

barbara.montyj said...

I was check on cardinals, they're a fave bird of mine.
I learned that the female as she sits on the nest, she sings, maybe
that's her way of telling the male that the hatchlings need more food.
Or possible dangers close by.

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Emilie said...

The American Goldfinch is the only finch to undergo a complete molt.

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Linda said...

Birds need a water source so they can keep thier feathers clean so they can fly properly.
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Brenda said...

I learned that the smallest bird in the US and Canada is the Calliope Hummingbird, named for Calliope, the muse of heroic poetry.

nfmgirl said...

I learned that you should keep the birdbath in the shade, so it doesn't evaporate too quickly and stays cleaner. And to keep it near shrubbery, because wet birds don't fly well and need shelter while they dry off.

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hondaray6 said...

Well, I learned about the hummingbird feeder mop--how handy is that? The feeders are always hard to get clean. I've always used my Grams method- put in a little water and a handful of uncooked rice- then shake! It helps but I think the mop would work better! Thanks!

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theflyingacc said...

I moved my bird bath yesterday or the day before and put a vine over it after I read about being in the shade and today humming birds were all around it>> I see them all the time but never hanging out>> what fun. now if I only win a new feeder so I do not have the leaky one
Great contest, I am learning a lot

Danetta said...

I learned that the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird often use the same nest from year to year.
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Danetta said...

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weblynx said...

I learned hummingbirds are tropical birds

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Anonymous said...

I love to feed and watch the birds.

mverno said...

catch excess bird food in a catch all so does not attract rodents mverno@roadrunner.com

js22 said...

I learned "Another method for attracting birds is through the inclusion of bird baths and bird houses in your yard. These products may attract birds that do not eat at feeders, otherwise you may not see them in your yard at all!
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Thanks for the giveaway!
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TZel said...

I learned that tube feeders are great for thistle seed! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

I didn't know that Hummingbirds were actually Tropical Birds.

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I subscribe via email.

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CathyH said...

ah..cat litter in the bottom of the feeder will soak up moisture so seed will not mold..great tip!

CathyH said...

i follow your blog

Kerri said...

I enjoyed learning about the 7 varieties of Orioles. I love to hear them sing. They have such a vibrant, cheerful song!

lmurley2000 said...

i didn't know that hummingbirds where tropical birds. thanks

Anonymous said...

God info on Humingbird migration.


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Anonymous said...

I learned hummingbirds eat all the time to keep up their strength.

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Squish said...

I never realized how neat and tidy Hummingbirds like it. Apparently, they prefer having their feeder cleaned at each refill to make sure there's no extra stickiness or anything undesired.

Squish said...

I am an e-mail subscribber as well. I'm glad that I am.

Carol EL said...

I learned that Hummingbirds are actually tropical birds. jelly15301@gmail.com

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lsfish said...

I learned: Black-Oil Sunflower is preferred by the greatest variety of birds.

lsfish said...

I am a follower

spitfyr323 said...

I learned that "the Orchard Oriole is a late spring migrant, heading south earlier than most, often reaching their wintering grounds as early as July."

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AJ said...

To deter large aggressive birds use feeders designed for smaller birds, such as tube feeders or feeders with short perches.

katscorner said...

I loved fining a site where I can learn how to feed my hummingbirds without the bees because we sure have alot of those this year.

Anonymous said...

The Anna’s Hummingbird was named after Anna Massena, Duchess of Rivoli, a European noblewoman in Italy during the 19th century.

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msmouse871 said...

to place your birdbath in the shade

sfyates said...

I have become a google follower today. I,m really thrilled to be getting Thyme for Herbs because I want to study herbs and birds.

barbara said...

I learned that if you're trying to keep squirrels away from your bird feeders: If you are hanging the feeder off a line, make sure the length of line is at least 8' long with the feeder suspended at least four feet above the ground or snow. Use monofilament fishing wire or piano wire to hang the feeder.

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sphinx63 said...

I learned that to deter aggressive birds, use feeders designed for smaller birds, such as tube feeders or feeders with short perches.

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Kevin V said...
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llinda29 said...

I learned-- Why limit yourself to the number of bird feeders you can have? This bird feeder pole can be used to stake feeders into the ground or hang feeders

Pam said...

I learned the feeders should be places in the shade so the nectar doesn't spoil. I didn't know that!

Thanks so much!
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Pam said...

I am a follower.

Thanks so much!
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Egare1 said...

I learned that birds need a birdbath, and it needs to be in the shade! We're going to have to move ours somewhere nicer for them!

Egare1 said...

I'm a subscriber and a follower!

Thanks for the giveaway :)

SunnyView said...

I learned that windows are a danger to birds because they can be invisible to them. Thanks for the giveaway!

clynsg said...

I learned that the site has a section which indicates good birdwatching sites throughout the US.

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Anonymous said...

looks like fun to watch

fashionfrugality said...

I learned that it is believed that the first hummingbird species developed during the ice age. I never knew that!
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Jinxy and Me said...

I learned that many types of birds prefer to eat berries, fruit and insects. You can reach these birds by creating a more bird-friendly backyard.

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Beeb said...

I learned that you can buy something called a "Squirrel Baffle" that is supposed to protect birds from squirrels. Thanks for the awesome giveaway, I love hummingbirds and have been meaning to buy a feeder for them to attract more!

~Beeb
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jeannie said...

Hummingbirds are truly amazing - they have the ability to hover in mid-air, up to 80 wing-flaps per second

Anonymous said...

I learned Hummingbirds are
actually Tropical Birds.Thanks
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janejett said...

i can hear the birds
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Anonymous said...

Rufous Hummingbird is known for its feisty nature and aggression at bird feeders.
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jbeckett said...

I learned that bird houses should be made of an untreated wood (pine, cedar, etc.) and should have ventilation and drainage holes.

djgroz said...

Another method for attracting birds is through the inclusion of bird baths and bird houses in your yard. These products may attract birds that do not eat at feeders, otherwise you may not see them in your yard at all!
Thanks for the chance to win a prize!

ShesAnAngel said...

I learned that Hummingbirds migrate

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mogrill said...

I learned to put the birdbath in the shade!! Thanks for the chance. mogrill@comcast.net

ehhogan said...

Youn can learn about the 2009 Hummingbird Migration Season on thier site.

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Shelly said...

The advantages of triple tube feeders include being able to attract a wider variety of birds if each of the tubes is filled with a different type of bird seed.

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Deb said...

I learned that you should always put your bird baths in the shade.

Anonymous said...

I found out You can plant all the correct plants and they go for the weeds but they are in Our garden KayMI kaysweep at att not com ...smile thank you

Chris said...

Birds need a water source so they can keep thier feathers clean so they can fly properly.

VickieB said...

I learned that Ruby-throats migration north spans a period of about 3-months.

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Smooshy said...

hummingbirds need to eat constantly!

Mary A said...

Their bird libraries are fantastic. I learned that "the American Robin is the most widely found wild bird on the continent." Thanks for the giveaway.

kngmckellar said...

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tesashel said...

I learned about hummingbirds and their migration patterns.

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AmberRose95 said...

I learned that Allen's Hummingbirds breed in a small strip of land along the Pacific Coast, starting in southwest Oregon and continuing into southern California. This is one of the smallest breeding ranges of all hummingbird species. Thank you for the contest!

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2kidsblogger said...

Black-Oil Sunflower is preferred by the greatest variety of birds - good to know!

thanks for sponsoring this.

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Snickerzmom said...

To keep squirrels out of the feeder keep it 12 feet from the trunk of a tree and 4 feet off the ground!

Anonymous said...

I learned that the Calliope Hummingbird is the smallest bird found in the United States and Canada.

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djolsen said...

I had no idea about the ants and bees getting in the feeders. i love humming birds and plant bee balm for them

Auriette said...

I learned that birds wet after washing in a birdbath cannot fly very well. I didn't know that.

Kate said...

I learned that hummingbirds were actually tropical birds! How interesting!

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singermagic1 said...

learned that you should keep the birdbath in the shade, so it doesn't evaporate too quickly and stays cleaner

clc408 said...

I learned that because these types of preserves can not survive in cold temperatures, the hummingbirds must travel back to Central America during winter months in order to live.

djgroz said...

to deter aggressive birds, use feeders designed for smaller birds, such as tube feeders or feeders with short perches.

ladyvon said...

I learned that different birds eat different types of seed

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demmi said...

It is believed that the first hummingbird species developed during the ice age. con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

flbreezes said...

Hummingbirds are tropical birds.

Jilly said...

Oh! My mom would love this her bday is Sat the 15th. She is a bird lover! I learned this on birdfeeders.com...That the brown Headed Cowbird female does not build her own nest. Instead, she waits until another bird temporarily leaves its nest of eggs, then she places her eggs in the nest with the other eggs and lets the unwitting bird raise them as her own!

Noggy said...

I learned that you can actually see parakeets at St Lawrence Island, Alaska in the month of June. I always thought parakeets were only tropical birds.

Noggy said...

Became a follower today. Look forward to visiting your blog again.

jayne said...

The Calliope Hummingbird is the smallest bird in the US and Canada.

RR said...

Birds must keep their feathers clean in order to fly properly.

monster1541 said...

The biggest problem I have w/ my hummingbird feeders is ants from the trees. I just learned that Perky-Pet has an Ant Guard to place above the feeder. The guard contains Permethrin which repels the ants, but is proven safe around birds, pets and people (my favorite 3 things in life)!

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memetu said...

I want to be in tune with nature and make my yard attractive to wildlife. Many of my neighbors want manacured chemically treated lawns and voice disapproval over indigenous wildplants and flowers.

kathy pease said...

Ant moats are another option for keeping these pests away. Several of our feeders have built-in ant moats, which is an area on the top of feeder that can be filled with a small amount of water. Ants are unable to get around this barrier.

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FDP 4 Life said...

i learned that hummingbirds are actually tropical birds

lilyk said...

I learned that Allen's Hummingbirds breed in a small strip of land along the Pacific Coast, starting in southwest Oregon and continuing into southern California.

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I subscribed by email.

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Miranda said...

the site has a section which indicates good birdwatching sites throughout the US.

chela said...

i learned to place your bird bath in the shade.

Anonymous said...

how to keep squirrels out of the birdfeeders

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Gianna said...

A squirrel baffle - a clear or colored dome - is a good start to deterring squirrels from reaching your feeders.

Donna said...

To deter large aggressive birds use feeders designed for smaller birds.
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