Hockessin, Delaware

Kathy & Charles Shattuck

Kathy & Charles Shattuck

We’re passionate about birds and nature. That’s why we opened a Wild Birds Unlimited Nature Shop in our community.

Hockessin, Delaware

7411 Lancaster Pike,
PO Box 249
Hockessin, DE 19707

Phone: (302) 239-9071
Fax: (302) 239-9072
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Store Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

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Hummingbirds are finicky and feisty little birds. One day they're at your feeder then they go missing for several days. Mostly they're jockeying for territories and temporary mates. Males can be quite defensive when other Hummingbirds be they male or female enter their territory. Within that area is your feeder which at times can be an aerial battlefield. If you are regularly visited by a female you can assume she's nesting nearby. The couple only get together for the momentary act of mating and then they have nothing else to do with each other. The female builds the nest and raises the young on her own. She only has two egg per brood and maybe two nestings per season. I put out two Hummingbird feeders at a time but I place them on opposite sides of the house. This lessens conflict.

Whether you see Hummingbirds or not, it's always best to keep your nectar fresh.

  • The nectar solution ratio is 1 part sugar to 4 parts water.

  • Boil water then let it cool prior to filling your feeder. Put extra nectar in fridge.

  • With the hot days of summer you should be changing the solution every 2-3 days.

  • Clean your feeder on a regular basis. Use hot water or a mixture of bleach and water. 1 part bleach to 10 parts water.