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How do you make nectar for orioles?

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Make nectar for orioles by combining water and sugar. Place the nectar in a special oriole feeder and replenish the nectar supply regularly. This takes only a few minutes, and requires a bowl, water, sugar and an oriole nectar feeder.

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  1. Combine the ingredients

    In a bowl, combine 1 part sugar with 4 parts water.

  2. Mix the nectar

    Mix the ingredients until the sugar dissolves in the water.

  3. Purchase an oriole nectar feeder

    Purchase an oriole feeder, as the typical hummingbird feeder is too small for these larger birds. Make sure that the ports and bases are a bright color, such as orange, in order to attract the orioles.

  4. Install ant moats

    Buy a feeder with ant moats or install your own. This keeps insects attracted to nectar away from the sugar water.

  5. Fill the feeder with the nectar

    Pour the nectar in the oriole feeder.

  6. Place the feeder in a good location

    Place the feeder in a location away from pesticides and close to nectar-producing flowers and berry bushes that also attract orioles.

  7. Replenish the nectar regularly

    Every two or three days, clean out the nectar feeder with hot water. Replenish the ports with fresh nectar, discarding any remaining nectar during the cleaning.

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