Proper Feeding Tips for Hummingbirds | Courtesy of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce

It’s time to get those hummingbird feeders out! Our beautiful fall visitors are here and they are hungry. This is the time to give our feathered friends a little extra help to fuel their continued migration south.

Remember to always start with clean feeders. Any time you see or suspect mildew or mold you may clean them with a bottle brush and a mixture of one part bleach to ten parts water, but rinse very thoroughly.

Recipe for Hummingbird Feed 

To refill the feeder, use a sugar solution of one part sugar (no sugar substitutes or honey) to four parts water. 

Do not vary this formula. If the sugar solution is more concentrated, there is a possibility of it being harmful to the birds by dehydrating them. Heat the water to a slight boil, remove from heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Fill feeders with the solution after it cools. 

Don't Add Food Coloring

Adding color is absolutely unnecessary, and may even be injurious. The red color of the feeder attracts the birds. Unused sugar water can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks (a covered container).

Be Sure to Clean Your Feeder Regularly

Feeders should be cleaned and refilled with sugar water every two to three days or immediately at the first sign of mold. To make your yard even more inviting to hummingbirds, plant some hummingbird attractant plants.

Hang Feeders in a Cluster

Hummingbirds are bullies, always have been, always will be. And there isn’t just one bully; they’re all combative. Hanging feeders in a cluster can ease some of the competition but not all. They rarely hurt each other so just enjoy the show. We may not want the hummingbirds to leave but leave they will. Let’s all help them out and send them on their way with a good store of energy for their journey and look for their return in spring!

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