Make Your Own Hummingbird Nectar: Hummingbird Feeders and Soap

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Make Your Own Hummingbird Nectar

By wildflowers
April 12, 2013

Hummingbirds love the nectar made with this easy recipe.

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Gardenbees
Apr 13, 2013 7:52 AM CST
Just a reminder to either not use soap at all when scrubbing feeders or be sure to rinse, rinse, rinse. If a few drops of bleach are used to soak the feeders clean be sure to rinse very well afterward. Hooray for hummers! What fun they are!
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Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Apr 13, 2013 9:06 AM CST
I had not heard the soap warming before - does it hurt the hummers? Crying
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KyWoods
Apr 13, 2013 9:19 AM CST
I would imagine it could at least give them a bad case of diarrhea.
That's a great photo, Gardenbees!
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Gardenbees
Apr 13, 2013 9:24 AM CST
Yes, soap is VERY bad for the little birds. We can usually get our feeders completely clean with just hot water and toothbrushes or other scrubbers that are reserved for hummingbird feeders only. We NEVER use those tools on anything but the bird feeders and we keep them where nothing else from the sink or cabinet can contaminate them.

Glad you like the picture. That little bird spent an afternoon on the Garlic Chives, taking nectar from the blooms and then resting right there between sips!
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Name: Sheryl
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sheryl
Apr 13, 2013 9:26 AM CST
Fast response, thank you! I'm guessing that rules out the dishwasher, too ....
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wildflowers
Apr 13, 2013 9:32 AM CST
Good advise gardenbees. Thumbs up I agree about the photo too, so cute! Lovey dubby
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spyrogyra2
Apr 13, 2013 1:51 PM CST
What the Hummingbird water is concerned, I always give it another short boil after I added the sugar. I have found that sugar has "dust particles and minute foreign objects" in it. They are very small, but nevertheless, they are there and have made my water bad even in the fridge.(some gray clouds are floating in it, which I strain out with a coffee filter) I now freeze my "water stash" until I need it in those plastic apple sauce containers from Costco. They are great for this.
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Gardenbees
Apr 13, 2013 7:49 PM CST
Yes, Sheryl, I avoid the dishwasher. Just hand wash with plenty of hot water.
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wildflowers
Apr 14, 2013 11:09 AM CST
Another great pic, Gardenbees! By July the hummers are swarming my feeders too, and they go through approx. five cups of nectar per day!

I rinse the feeders every time I refill which is every day during the busy times & I hardly ever have to use soap to clean them. Actually, I'm surprised I said to use soapy water... Shrug!

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KyWoods
Apr 14, 2013 4:18 PM CST
I've never seen more than one at our feeder at a time, so that is an amazing photo to me!
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Gardenbees
Apr 15, 2013 6:29 AM CST
We used to have more than 50 birds at a time (and refilled feeders daily) but after Hurricane Katrina the numbers have been severely reduced. We are doing all we can to help by planting more plants they like each year, using fewer pesticides each year, and getting the feeders out in March and leaving them up until very late fall.

Glad you enjoyed the photo, wildflowers and KyWoods!

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wildflowers
Apr 15, 2013 8:13 AM CST
Gardenbees, you should show off your pics over on the hummingbird thread here, I'm sure everyone will love to see them.

Here's the link:
The thread "Hummingbird photos" in Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum
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Gardenbees
Apr 15, 2013 9:28 AM CST
Thanks for the suggestion about the hummingbird forum. I'll have to "visit" over there!
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6)
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Name: Renée
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KyWoods
Apr 15, 2013 4:50 PM CST
Aww, they are sooo cute!

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