Mark's Glass Bottle Hummingbird Feeders
What you need:
1. Glass bottle
2. Hummingbird feeder tube
a. Buy online or at a specialty store
3. Wire or copper tubing
1. Insert feeder tube into bottle
2. Decorate with wire or copper tubing
Making hummingbird nectar
A. Don’t use food coloring - Hummingbirds drink a lot of nectar, could be harmful.
B. Don’t use honey - it rapidly ferments and could kill
C. Don’t use brown or raw turbinado sugars: they contains iron, which can kill.
D. Don’t use artificial sweeteners - Hummingbirds need real sugar to live.
1. Mix 4 parts water to 1 part table sugar in a pan.
2. Bring to a boil then remove the heat
a. Boiling helps remove any mold or yeast spores and gets rid of chlorine.
b. Don’t boil long it will mess up the solution ratio.
3. Stir until sugar dissolves.
4. Cover and allow to cool.
5. Fill into 2 liter bottle and store in refrigerator.
To prevent mold, bacteria, and yeast growth in your sugar water you’ll want to change out the fluid often. For cooler outdoor temps, under 70 degrees, you’ll want to change the fluid every 7 days. For hotter outdoor temps between 80 and 90 degrees you want to change fluid every 2-3 days.
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