In 1995 the Lewises (Harriet and Marion)
acquired the Tejas Hummingbird Feeder business. It's been said that "You
have to have something to retire to"... so acquiring the Tejas hummingbird
feeder manufacturing business was a great candidate, and who wouldn't be
excited about continuing a tradition like this!
Late 2009 finds the Tejas hummingbird feeder 'tweaked' once again! After many years of searching, a sturdy aluminum metal screw cover component was discovered, to be used in construction of the "new-style" Tejas hummingbird feeder base. Beginning spring 2010 the Tejas hummingbird feeder features a screw cover feeder base, allowing the hummingbird feeder base to be opened for cleaning, and aluminum construction, a remarkable metal for its ability to resist corrosion. A custom made gasket is included with the screw cover hummingbird feeder base to provide a water tight seal between top and bottom halves of the screw cover hummingbird feeder base.
Summer 2017 a red 'honey bee guard' is supplied with each Tejas hummingbird feeder. Honey bees are 'siphon artists', congregating where bottle containing sugar water solution attaches to hummingbird feeder base. Slipping red 'honey bee guard' on to neck of bottle before attaching to hummingbird feeder base, will shut down this honey bee action. Regarding honey bees and wasps, always hang hummingbird feeder in non-windy location, as wind will cause hummingbird feeder to 'swing', breaking vacuum inside bottle, allowing sugar water solution in bottle to rise to level reachable by honey bees and wasps.
So after 50 plus years, still only a few changes have occurred to the Tejas Hummingbird Feeder... and in a changing world, that's not so bad!
Sam Chiodo passed away Saturday, July 3, 2004 at his home in Kerrville, Texas. He was 90 years old. The street he lived on in Leakey is named Hummingbird Hill Lane in honor of his love for hummingbirds.