With the flowers petering out in the 100+ degree weather we’ve had, the ruby-throated hummingbirds have really been hitting the feeders.
Please do not use the red dye stuff when feeding hummers. It’s not good for them. Take one part sugar and 4 parts hot to boiling water. Mix well cool and put in your feeder. Left over’s may be stored in the refrigerator for a few days. When they first start showing up I only make up a small amount and don’t fill the feeder full. I’ll use one eighth cup of sugar and one half cup of water. Change and clean the feeder every four days or so depending on the heat. Don’t use detergent rinse with hot water and use a 10% bleach solution to disinfect. Rinse well to remove the bleach residue.
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