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Dan Everett

You Could Be Doing More Harm Than Good

By: Leanne Doty
Posted: April 29, 2021 10:09

Careful What You Feed Them

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Hummingbirds are one of nature's masterpieces.  Wings that beat 40 times per second and aerodynamics that allow them to hover make them a joy to watch.  Many of us set up hummingbird feeders hoping to attract these little wonders of nature.  I recently read a story about what happens when people improvise on the recipe for hummingbird food.  Using the wrong substances can cause fungal spores to grow on their tongues and in their throats to the point that they are no longer able to eat, in which case they will die.  Here's the simple recipe that will ensure healthy happy hummingbirds that will grace your feeder time and time again.  USE ONLY PLAIN WHITE SUGAR in your mixture of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. No organic, no raw, no brown sugar, no powdered sugar, no honey, no artificial sugar. Plain white sugar/water mixture is more similar to actual flower nectar. And no toxic red color!  Change the sugar water mixture every couple days, as it will start to ferment sitting out for days on end.  Now all you have to do is sit back and watch them flock to your feeder.

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