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Hummingbird Feeding Tips

  • Don't use hummingbird feeders that are difficult to clean, or have many small parts.

  • Do wash your hummingbird feeders thoroughly with hot, soapy water, and rinse completely, every time you refill them.

  • Don't allow molds or yeasts to grow in your hummingbird feeders. When these appear, empty and scrub feeders immediately.

  • When making hummingbird nectar, blend water and white table sugar in a 4 to 1 ratio (4 parts water to 1 part sugar). Add the sugar to boiling water. Bring the mixture to a boil again while stirring to dissolve the sugar, then let cool.

  • Don't use insecticides, such as wasp killers, anywhere near bird feeders, especially hummingbird feeders.

  • Don't use anything but white, granulated table sugar. No powdered or brown sugar, honey, molasses, red-food coloring, artificial sweeteners or nutrients should be use.

  • If you have problems with ants getting into your hummingbird feeder, thickly place some petroleum jelly around the hook. Ants won't go through it and your feeder will be able to provide the ambience you desire and the nutrition hummingbirds are looking for!

With a wingbeat of 
60-80 strokes a second, 
Hummingbirds are truly 
amazing little creatures.


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