Can sunlight ferment hummingbird food? Causing bird deaths?

Can sunlight ferment hummingbird food? Causing bird deaths?

26 March, 2010 (10:27) | hummingbird food | By: admin



Yes it could. It is very important to keep the nectar (1 part white sugar and 4 parts water) fresh and in a clean feeder. After the Hummingbirds are using the feeder, it can be gradually moved to a location where it is not in full sun all day. This will help the solution not ferment and grow mold as quickly as when it is getting full sun. The syrup may need changing everyday to every three days in the hottest season depending on temperatures and the amount of sun the feeder receives. I have several pages on my web site about feeding Hummingbirds which may be of help to you, please stop by and have a look. If it is helpful, let me know through the contact form.
Judy
http://www.the-scoop-on-wild-birds-and-feeders.com/hummingbird-feeder.html

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Comment from Drill Master
Time March 26, 2010 at 4:00 pm

No.
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Comment from saaanen
Time March 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Yes
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Comment from Karen L
Time March 26, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Yes and No. It can get moldy. Check it periodically, especially if the birds are not eating it quickly, and before re-filling, make sure to scrub and disinfect with a weak bleach solution (1 part bleach/4parts water) for 1/2 hr. Rinse scrupulously.) I make my own, to make sure the water is purified. Boil water, sugar and a few drops of red food color for 5 minutes. Cool completely.
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Comment from blinkchick765
Time March 26, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Yes it can and as a side note…lots of research has been done showing that red food coloring is also bad for hummingbirds.

Make sure that you clean your feeder out regularly especially when it starts getting hot outside. Most suggest cleaning and rinsing at least every other day if not every day.
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Comment from Judy
Time March 26, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Yes it could. It is very important to keep the nectar (1 part white sugar and 4 parts water) fresh and in a clean feeder. After the Hummingbirds are using the feeder, it can be gradually moved to a location where it is not in full sun all day. This will help the solution not ferment and grow mold as quickly as when it is getting full sun. The syrup may need changing everyday to every three days in the hottest season depending on temperatures and the amount of sun the feeder receives. I have several pages on my web site about feeding Hummingbirds which may be of help to you, please stop by and have a look. If it is helpful, let me know through the contact form.
Judy
http://www.the-scoop-on-wild-birds-and-feeders.com/hummingbird-feeder.html
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