Do I have to boil the water first to add sugar for Hummingbird food?

Do I have to boil the water first to add sugar for Hummingbird food?

22 March, 2010 (08:28) | hummingbird food | By: admin



NO, just plain old hot tap water is best, unless you have ridiculously hard water. The water being hot helps dissolve the sugar. You do have to change it for fresh mix every other day WITHOUT FAIL! Red food coloring is not required or recommended. Run the feeder’s reservoir through a sanitizing dish washer at least once every ten days or so.

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Comments

Comment from Kryztal
Time March 22, 2010 at 1:47 pm

sorry my bad, red dye, go ahead and sugar away! yes boil first, then add sugar to delay spoilage.
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Comment from donna l
Time March 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm

yes you do but you boil it with the sugar already in the water…
one part sugar to four parts water and boil for about five minutes.be sure to let it cool to room temp before filling bird feeders
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Comment from eggman
Time March 22, 2010 at 2:52 pm

NO, just plain old hot tap water is best, unless you have ridiculously hard water. The water being hot helps dissolve the sugar. You do have to change it for fresh mix every other day WITHOUT FAIL! Red food coloring is not required or recommended. Run the feeder’s reservoir through a sanitizing dish washer at least once every ten days or so.
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I have about twenty resident hummers (all ruby throats) eating from five feeders.

Comment from Jana
Time June 17, 2015 at 3:04 pm

I’ve read that it is better to clean your hummingbird feeder with white distilled vinegar than with soap and water. The birds are very sensitive and detect the soap which causes them to avoid the feeder. I have found this to be true in my own experience. So if you are having trouble attracting the little hummers this might be why.

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