IMPORTANT Information About Hummingbird Feeders. Great tips for the health of your hummingbirds.
Keep your hummer feeders clean, or don’t put them out at all. Mildew forming inside the nectar infects their tongues, causing their tongues to swell, and they slowly starve to death. Then all the babies in their nests die as well.
Clean it at least least every 3 to 4 days. For a good cleaning use some vinegar in hot water and rinse well. Empty your feeder and dispose of any leftover nectar. Use a cleaning mop, scrub away any nectar residue or mold buildup. Then, mix 2 parts water and 1 part white vinegar to make a cleaning mixture. Avoid using dish soap if possible since the leftover residue is bad for hummingbirds. Rinse your hummingbird feeder with cold water. Allow feeder to air dry before refilling.
Or once a month use 1/4 cup bleach in a gallon of hot water, soak about 30 minutes, rinse well and that’s it.
It’s recommended that feeders be changed and thoroughly cleaned every other day, but it is important that they are cleaned and refilled at least twice a week in hot weather (summer) and once a week in cooler weather (spring/fall) to prevent the growth of mold.
Safe Hummingbird food:
Mix 1 part table sugar with 4 parts water (for example, 1 cup of sugar with 4 cups of water) until the sugar is dissolved.
Do not add red dye.
Place mixture in feeder and put outside.
Change feeder food every 3 to 4 days and thoroughly clean them each time to prevent harmful mold growth.
Just an FYI: Hummingbirds will not hurt you. They may come close to you but they are just exploring you. Don’t be afraid of them. There are very few cases of hummingbirds attacking humans though, and they can’t do much harm unless they aim for the eyes or other particularly vulnerable areas.
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