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Thread #117366   Message #2623305
Posted By: maeve
02-May-09 - 07:06 PM
Thread Name: BS: Birdwatching 2009
Subject: RE: BS: Birdwatching 2009
Janie, regarding your hummer questions:
1. Do I need to empty, clean and refill the feeder at regular intervals...?
Yes. The interval depends on how hot the syrup gets; I'd say every three or so days you should clean it with hot water (if you use soap or bleach rinse, rinse, rinse) and refill with fresh syrup. You may know- use 4 parts boiling water to 1 part regular granulated white sugar, never honey, and no need for dye. A bit of red ribbon or a fake flower taped on will be enough to draw the hummers.

2. Any advice on location...? You location sounds pretty good. If you can cluster some potted flowers nearby that is helpful.

Birds & Blooms magazine and website have a section devoted to hummers; here's a link: