February 26, 2024

The Best Technique for Keeping Your Hummingbird Feeders Clean


We are always looking for tips to help our readers make their work easier and we were please to come across the following garden tip for keeping hummingbird feeders clean.

It’s not easy cleaning hummingbird feeders and it is extremely important to do so!  Hummingbirds won’t return to dirty feeders or stale hummingbird nectar, and as a new subscriber to Garden Gate Magazine, http://www.gardengatemagazine.com I found this tip from reader Rose O’ Mahony of North Carolina.This will work on all hummingbird feeders and works especially well if mold takes a foothold in your hummingbird feeder.

Rose knew how important it was to keep feeders clean so she came up with a technique to make quick work of cleaning the feeders.

“After dumping any remaining nectar, she sprays a couple of squirts of a bleach cleaning solution from the store into the feeder to kill the mold.  Then she adds a tablespoon of uncooked rice (not the instant kind), replace the cover and shakes the feeder.  The rice works as an abrasive to dislodge the mold.  Once the feeder is clean, she throws the contents out and rinses it thoroughly with water.  If you are concerned that your cleaning solution is too strong for this, use the recipe recommended by the Hummingbird Society http://www.hummingbirdsociety.org of 1 tablespoon of unscented bleach to 1 quart of water.  A clean feeder will keep your hummers happy and healthy.”

To Keeping it Clean!

Protecting Hummingbird Feeders

Hummer hat baffleProtect your hummingbirds with this transparent hummer hat that fits over your feeder providing shelter from sun and rain for the hummingbirds while offering you the ability to watch these wonderful little birds.  Keeps the squirrels at bay as well!

The “Hummer Hat” is the best baffle made for protecting your hummingbird feeder from squirrels and the weather.  Not only will it stop squirrels but it will also stop pigeons from roosting.

The 17″ clear red dome will never block your view and it is made from 100% recycled Plexiglas.

You’ll also love that it will increase the hummingbird activity around your feeder due to the bright red color which hummerbirds are so attracted to.

Easy to hang and the hardware is included.

Lifetime warranty.

Dimensions: 13.00 x 17.00 x 8.00


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