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Top Choices for Hummingbird Diet

If you are one of those who loves birdwatching, perhaps you have seen hummingbirds hovering from one flower to another and darting away quickly as they come. These remarkable creatures are most commonly found in the Western Hemisphere (from as far north as Southeastern Alaska and the Maritimes of Canada and as far south as Southern Chile). Laws forbid to keep these birds as pet, but you can still enjoy watching them as they go from south to north during migration. And as they are said to return to the same migration spot year after year, you can keep them nourished with the top choices for hummingbird diet.

All About Hummingbird

Hummingbirds are called as such for the sound that their rapid wingbeat produces. It is said that these birds flap their wings for about 50 times per second. The movement is rather fast that anyone seeing them as they flit from a flower to another while flapping their wings only sees a blur. These amazing flyers, can go right, left, up, down, backwards (and even upside down). They are said to be the only birds that has the ability to fly backwards. Even as they fly about so quickly, they can easily come to a halt and make a soft landing if they want to. These birds do have poorly developed feet that they can’t walk. They only use their feet to prop themselves up when feeding or resting. They need to fly from one branch to another.

Hummingbird Diet

The Bee Hummingbird of Cuba is noted to be the smallest bird in the world at 2.17 inches (5.5 cm) and weight 1.95gm (0.07 oz). Hummingbirds grow to up to about two to eight inches in size.

Hummingbirds are said to live for only up to three to four years. Their heartbeat and rapid wing motion require them to feed regularly throughout the day. It is reported that they must feed every 10 minutes and they may consume 2/3 of their body weight in a single day.

Most hummingbirds are green except hermits, which are mainly brown and are noted for their brilliant-colored feathers. Hummingbirds groom themselves using their bills and claws, and with the help of the natural oil from a gland near their tails. They also love to sunbathe and take water baths in shallow pools, cupped leaves or by just letting the rain drench their skins while they perch on a tree branch.

Top Choices for Hummingbird

A great part of a hummingbird food diet comes from the nectar they get from special flowers. Each type of hummingbird bill makes it suited to feed on particularly shaped flowers. For instance, the White-tipped Sicklebill hummingbird draw nectar from heliconias using its downward curving bill. The Ruby-Topaz Hummingbird, on the other hand, has a rather short and slightly decurved bill. It uses its bill to draw its feed from the Ixora shrub. Read More

Choosing the Right Ferret Accessories to Keep Your Pet Happy

Ferrets are cute tiny animals that make a good pet but aside from their inquisitive nature, they need a lot of physical and mental stimulation. It’s important to give them toys to play with whether you are around or not and here are some guides that you can use when choosing the right ferret accessories:

Ferrets love chasing balls around

Get your ferrets a variety of balls because they love playing with it. You can get them a tennis ball, ping pong ball ir a racquet ball in your local sports store, toy store or online shop. You may even have an old one lying around your home that your ferret can use.

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Cages

For their own safety and for yours too, ferrets should be kept in a cage when they are not under supervision. They won’t mind spending time in their cage because they actually spend 16-20 hours per day sleeping. It is important that you make your ferrets feel comfortable inside best ferret cages and since they are sleeping most of the time, you need to provide them with soft bedding. Choosing a bigger cage for them will provide them everything they need. The construction of the cage also allows owners to add in accessories for their ferret to play with and stay entertained. Read More

Giant Egg Decorating Competition

Come join us at VivoCity and HarbourFront Centre from 28 Feb, Sat to 1 Mar, Sun and catch the Giant Egg Sculpture artists in action for the Giant Egg Decorating Competition! This is your chance to get a glimpse of the Giant Eggs before they are scattered all over the Sentosa HarbourFront precinct for the Giant Egg Hunt!

Judges Profile

Sun I-Yu

Artist

Since graduation from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) in 1996, Sun I-Yu has established herself as a professional artist through group and solo exhibitions in Singapore, China, Thailand and India. Her work has been commissioned and collected by individuals and organisations in Singapore, Taiwan, USA, France, Germany, England and Holland. Besides oil paintings, her portfolio includes three-dimensional works adopting glass, crystals and metals as materials.

Yong Cheong Thye

Artist

After the tutelage of the late Master Calligrapher Tsue Ta Ti, Yong Cheong Thye made his name by winning the top prize in nationwide Chinese calligraphy competitions in the 70s. Working with Singapore Tourism Board to introduce Singapore through art, he has exhibited in Canada, Germany, Finland, Sweden, China, France, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Italy, England, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Japan and Korea.

Sun Yu-li

Artist

Intrigued by the knowledge fields of topology, archaeology, metaphysics, linguistics and mathematics, Sun Yu-li’s artistic pursuit of truth is conducted through oriental and western reasoning in art. He is interested not in forms per se but in finding the form from which all forms originate. His art is an expression of abstract thought based on a metaphysical principle which he discovered and coined Universal Language (UL).

Sherina Chan

Assistant Director

Singapore Tourism Board (STB)

Sherina Chan leads the Lifestyle Precincts team responsible for building the capabilities of precinct associations by working closely with them and their stakeholders, together with relevant government agencies, to enhance the vibrancy of the precincts, supporting their events with tourism appeal and implementation of enhancements to improve visitor experiences.

The Foods for Mice

You may have been attracted to the idea of adopting a mouse. Perhaps, you already have a few of these unique pets at home and are still wondering whether the food that you are providing them are just good enough for them to stay in top shape. Although it will only take up to about three years before a healthy mouse would have to live, owning one is still a great responsibility. One of the best ways to ensure that your pet mouse is always in good health, you need to make sure that the food that you offer to your pet is well-balanced as this will keep your pet healthy and will also help in its proper development.

Foods That Should NOT Be Given To A Pet Mouse

Not all foods are good for mice. There are foods that we generally consider as safe and healthy for humans that are actually not safe for your pet mouse. These include the following: acidic fruits like oranges and lemons, chocolate, peanuts, acidic vegetables like onions and garlic, as well as raw meat may trigger an allergic or adverse reaction when consumed by your pet mouse. The most common of these unacceptable effects are skin irritation and diarrhea.

food for mice

Alcohol. Alcoholic drinks can cause death to mice.

Green Bananas. These fruits are said to inhibit starch-digesting enzymes, hence may cause indigestion to your pet.

Dried or Raw Beans. Well-cooked may be served to mice but never raw or dried beans as they contain hemagglutinin or lectin. This is a poisonous anti-nutrient that destroys vitamin A and enzymes that are needed to digest protein and starches and leads to clumping of red blood cells.

Toxic plants. There are several plant forms that are also dangerous to mice, such as the following: Amaryllis, Azalea, Christmas Rose, Chrysanthemum, Crocus, Cyclamen, Dieffenbachia, Geranium, Hyacinth, Hydrangea, Ivy, Lily of the Valley, Mistletoe, Narcissus, Plants in the Nightshade Family (leaves and stem contains toxic solanine), Oleander, Poinsettia, and Primrose. Tomato (green only, not fruit) is also noted to be toxic to mice.

Sticky foods, especially those are made to be rather thick, such as peanut butter, is a choking hazard. If you need or would like to offer peanut butter or similar food items to your pet, make sure that you watch your pet while it is eating. You also need to make sure that you serve only a very small portion any time and with water or liquid.

Fluorinated and/or Chlorinated Water

Treated water can cause brain damage in mice, which means you can only give filtered tap water or non-fluorinated bottled water to your pet.

Spoiled or old food. These foods contain toxic bacteria that may cause an upset stomach, even death.

Though mice are quite easy to deal with and to care for, they still have specific dietary requirements that you need to meet to ensure that your pet/s will leave even beyond their average lifespan. Make sure that you provide only those foods that will address your pet’s health requirements. Read More