Recommended Hummingbird feeder solutions

July 19 2006 at 1:47 PM

We recommend using a homemade solution of:

Four parts water and one part table sugar (4 to 1).

Some experts suggest that a stronger solution(3 to 1) may be also appropriate.

It is appropriate to boil the water,then mix in the sugar;it is also appropriate to use room temperature water.

We recommend changing the solution at least twice weekly;more frequently in hot weather.

Our position on store-bought, commercial preparations containing red food coloring:

We recommend NOT using solutions containing red food coloring,as this is non-essential to hummingbird nutrition, and it may be harmful to the birds. This is a very controversial subject.

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