Abbotsford, British Columbia | Chilliwack, BC | Langley, BC

Cliff and Sherry Jury

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

Abbotsford, British Columbia

#13-33324 South Fraser Way
Abbotsford, BC V2S 2B4

Phone: (604) 852-1960
Fax: -

Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: Closed


Chilliwack, British Columbia

8810-C Young Road
Chilliwack, BC V2P 4P5

Phone: (604) 792-1239
Fax: -

Store Hours:
Mon - Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Langley, British Columbia

Willowbrook Park Shopping Centre,
#2-6131 200th Street
Langley, BC V2Y 1A2

Phone: (604) 510-2035
Fax: -

Store Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Helping Hummingbirds Survive the Winter

 

Our wintering hummingbirds, the Anna's, usually do quite well during the winter months. Our winters are mild with lots of little bugs, winter flowering plants and kind people who diligently hang their hummingbird feeders outside. But when the north wind begins to blow and the temperatures plummet, it becomes very important that their feeders remain ice-free. Currently there are no CSA Approved Heated Hummingbird feeders on the market to help you do this.

 

Follow these tips to help your hummingbirds survive.

 

1) Hang the feeder in a protected spot out of the wind.

2) Bring your feeder in at night to prevent freezing. Hummingbirds do not feed at night. They will feed heavily at your feeders at dusk and then go into thick bushes, like cedar hedges or junipers, to sleep. While sleeping they enter a mini-hibernation or tupor where their bodies' metabolism approaches zero. So keep their feeders out until 6 pm and then rehang a fresh, warm feeder first thing in the morning.

3) Use an external heat source to keep the feeder from freezing. This is the most important tip to keep the hummers alive.

: For the basin style feeders, we recommend using a low wattage bird bath heater tied onto the feeder (we use large elastic bands). Plug the heater in only when needed to keep the feeder warm. If you plug it in when the weather is too warm, you run the risk of burning out the heater.

: Use a spot light with a clamp to shine the light on the feeder. The warmth from the bulb will keep the solution from freezing. (Heat lamps used for baby chicks or reptile houses can be used to provide more heat)

: Other ideas include hot pockets, plumbers tape, wool socks - anything that will keep the feeders warm.

 

These photos show the set-up that has proved to be the most successful for winter feeding.

 

   

 

Here are photos of other successful heating ideas.