You don't need to buy a hummingbird feeder to attract the tiny birds to your yard.
A simple test tube or tall, skinny jar will work just as well, suggests The 2010 Old Farmer's Almanac All-Seasons Garden Guide.
Wrap wire around the lip of the tube or jar and attach the other end of the wire to a tree branch, hook or other support.
Fill your homemade feeder with a simple sugar-water solution.
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Bring 2 cups of water to a boil, and remove it from the heat.
Add a half-cup granulated white sugar, stirring until it's dissolved.
Cool and fill the feeder.
A funnel or turkey baster makes filling the feeder easier. Be sure to change the nectar often.
The guide suggests adding red food coloring to the nectar to attract the hummingbirds' attention, but the Cornell Lab of Ornithology recommends against that. Research has not proven dyes safe for the birds, it says.
You might hang a basket of red flowers or some other red item near the feeder instead.