What should you do with your hummingbird feeders if you are going on vacation for a week?.
are wonderful to attract to a backyard garden and a joy to watch. These
sparkling jewels of summer are easy to love and so we should always
feed responsibly to keep them healthy.
If you don’t have a trusted house sitter that can clean and change your
nectar twice a week, then take the feeder down. It is better for a
hummingbird to fly by and see no feeder that week than for them to eat
fermented nectar. When you come home put up fresh nectar and they will
Hummingbird feeders must be kept clean and free from mold and fungus, or
the tiny hummers could get sick. The more often you clean them the
easier they are to maintain. Bring your feeders inside and rinse them
once a week when the temperatures are below 70 °F and at least twice a
week when the temperatures are above 70 °F.
easy to clean feeders
and brushes to scrub out those tiny ports. It is best to clean your
feeder with hot tap water and use brushes to scrub the sides. If you use
soap or put the feeder in the dishwasher, rinse thoroughly so there is
no residue left behind. Inspect the feeder carefully for black mold. If
you see any mold growth, soak the feeder in a solution of one part
vinegar to 9 parts water for one hour and then scrub and rinse again.
To make nectar, mix one part ordinary white sugar to four parts water.
Bring the water to a quick boil to dissolve the sugar, then let the
mixture come to room temperature before you fill your feeder. You can
mix up a large batch of nectar to keep in the refrigerator for up to two
If the nectar becomes cloudy, it has spoiled and needs to be replaced.
When the feeder is hanging in the sun or outside temperatures are high,
the sugar solution may spoil in just one day. To keep the nectar from
fermenting it is better to keep your hummingbird feeder in the shade or
add a shaded weather guard to keep the sun from spoiling the nectar.
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