People Are Unknowingly Killing The Hummingbirds! Here's How To Save Them:

Hummingbirds are little, delicate birds that are a joy to have around the garden. 

They are great pollinators and are a sight to see in the summer. When you fail to take action in providing healthy nectar and clean feeders, they could die from a deadly infection. 

You must keep hummingbird feeders clean and free of fungus and mold, or they will have a deadly fungus infection. 

It will cause their tongues to swell up, making it impossible for them to feed, and once this ability is lost, the bird dies from starvation. 

Even a fungal infection can pass onto the young from a mother hummingbird. This also puts the younglings at risk for starvation and death from swollen tongues. When you do not clean the feeders, fermentation occurs and causes liver damage to the hummingbird. 

The Basics of Hummingbird Care

When you are looking for a feeder, find one that can be super easy to wash out.

How to clean the feeder: 

Use hot water, and flush the feeder out.

Use a bottle brush to rub the sides of the glass jar.

Try to avoid using soap as it leaves a residue. If you do end up utilizing soap, combine it with vinegar or bleach, with water to rinse and clean off soap residue.

Watch out for black mold, and if you see any, soak the feeder in 1/4 cup of bleach in a gallon of water for an hour. 

How to make nectar: Mix white cane sugar with water. Do not utilize any store bought mixtures, or honey, and any other form of sugar. Bring the mixture to a boil, then stir to break up the sugar. Allow it to cool before filling the feeder up. It is boiling water that will help prevent fermentation of the nectar, and as soon as a hummingbird drinks, healthy bacteria from the beak will flow into the nectar. 

When the nectar becomes cloudy, it is no longer good and the feeder needs to be cleaned out.

The sugar solution can go bad within 2 days, so if you leave your feeder in the sun, or heat, the nectar can ferment in a matter of 24 hours.

In order to prevent this, only put out enough to feed the hummingbirds for 2-3 days. If you consider making a large batch, you are able to refrigerate the solution for up to two weeks.


If you enjoyed this article or learned something new, please don't forget to share it with others so they have a chance to enjoy this free information. We believe all information should be free and available to everyone. Have a good day and we hope to see you soon! 
People Are Unknowingly Killing The Hummingbirds! Here's How To Save Them: People Are Unknowingly Killing The Hummingbirds! Here's How To Save Them: Reviewed by Jamm Real on 18:57:00 Rating: 5
Copyright Organic & Healthy 2016. Powered by Blogger.