Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Humming Bird Feeders

If you are interested in setting up a feeding station, I recommend that you read these two webpages 

In Florida, our weather is quite conducive to spoilage of sugar water, so cleaning and renewing your feeder is of prime importance here in Jacksonville.   From the “Wildbirdscoop” webpage, I have summarized the part about cleaning a hummingbird feeder in this newsletter article.  Here are the main points:

(1)  In hot weather, every two or three days will be necessary to prevent the syrup from fermenting and producing mold.  If hummingbird food sits in very hot sun most of the day then the feeder may need to be cleaned every day or every second day.

(2)  It is not advisable to refill your feeder when it is empty without cleaning it. A small amount left in a feeder for only a couple of hours, will ferment much quicker.

(3)  Use warm water and vinegar, or warm water with a drop of bleach and a couple of drops of dish detergent.  Do not use vinegar and detergent together.   Whatever solution is used - great caution should be taken to thoroughly rinse it out.

(4)  Brushes of various sizes will make the job much easier and more thorough.

Submitted By ~

Martha Dysart

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