Hummingbird Food Preparation?

Hummingbird Food Preparation?

12 January, 2010 (02:15) | hummingbird food | By: admin


My hummingbirds can really eat up the nectar in my feeders. I like to thoroughly clean each feeder before re-filling it. To simplify this process, I make a large batch of h-food (4 to 1 water to sugar) and freeze it in advance. I’ve found the 32 oz. cottage cheese containers hold the perfect amount for my feeders. When a feeder is low or needs changing, I defrost a container, and clean the feeder thoroughly, then fill it up. Is there anything wrong or harmful about doing it this way? I also like to wait until the water has come to a boil before adding the sugar. Once the water is boiling, I reduce the heat, add the sugar and stir for 3-4 minutes until the water is crystal clear. This prevents boil overs. Again, is this approach OK?

Although I do not freeze mine, the rest of your method is the same as mine. Most sites are against using food coloring but I have done it for years and have bunches of, very alive, birds.

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Comments

Comment from jk
Time January 12, 2010 at 7:44 am

Yes but, don’t ever use RED food coloring this will kill them .
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Comment from susan p
Time January 12, 2010 at 8:17 am

It sounds to me like you are doing a great job of taking care of your hummingbird feeders. I have talked to people who boil their sugar water and I have talked to people who don’t, both have good results. If your system works for you and your hummingbirds like what you provide I wouldn’t change it.
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Comment from sensible_man
Time January 12, 2010 at 8:56 am

Although I do not freeze mine, the rest of your method is the same as mine. Most sites are against using food coloring but I have done it for years and have bunches of, very alive, birds.
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Comment from hondachic5000
Time January 12, 2010 at 9:14 am

i dont’ see why not…i actually do the same thing but i just don’t add the sugar to boiling water. it works well too!
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