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NECTAR RECIPE FOR HUMMINGBIRD FEEDERS
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Four parts water to one part white table sugar. example four cups of water to one cup of sugar.

Attach the Silpoura to either your mixing bowl or saucepan and you will be able to easily
pour your hummingbird nectar into your feeder or bottle for storage.
This mix can be kept for up to a week in the fridge.

Mixing methods

  1. Room Temperature: use very warm water and stir briskly until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using the Silpoura to pour into the feeder.
  2. Boiling Water Method: adding boiling water to the sugar and stirring briskly until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using the Silpoura to pour into the feeder. By using boiling water this will slow down the growth of bacteria and mold.
  3. Boil entire Mix: this takes care of the bacteria in the water and contamination in your sugar. Bring the mix of four parts water to one part sugar to a boil on the stove, stirring and boil for a minute or two. Don't boil it for too long, as you are boiling off the water, you don't want to change the ratio of four to one. Cool before using the Silpoura to pour into the feeder. By using boiling water this will slow down the growth of bacteria and mold.

CLEANING YOUR FEEDER - very hot water if it gets moldy use a very mild bleach solution BUT ...rinse well

Sugar water is a very rich growth medium. Yeasts like to eat it causing fermentation which can harm hummingbirds. Mold and bacteria grow in it and can also harm the birds. That is why it is important to keep the feeder clean and the nectar fresh. You must change the nectar frequently to avoid these contaminants. In cooler temperatures we recommend changing it every seven days. If the temperatures are getting above 70 degrees, follow this chart:

High temperatures Change nectar after
71-75 6 days
76-80 5 days
81-84 4 days
85-88 3 days
89-92 2 days
93+ change daily

Remember: these are guidelines, not absolutes. If you notice that the nectar is turning milky or that white strings or black spots are growing in it, change it more often. Clean the feeder with very hot water each time you refill it. Most good feeders, and all of of the ones that we sell, come apart for easier cleaning. Be sure and take them apart every time. It is usually the work of a couple of seconds. If contamination occurs, use a mild bleach solution to sterilize it, but if you use bleach, rinse thoroughly afterwards. Even a tiny amount of bleach could be harmful to birds weighing only a quarter of an ounce! Glass or metal pieces can be boiled, but you should probably not boil plastic pieces. The black mold may leave a very faint stain, but this will not affect the safe operation of the feeder.

 

DON'T DOS

Do not use honey, Jell-O, brown sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Do not use red food coloring.

 

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