Tips for feeding hummingbirds

Hummingbirds are unique little birds, and a common sight in most areas, even in urban and suburban areas. Chances are that if you keep a properly maintained feeder, you will be able to observe them.

Here are some tips on how to properly feed hummingbirds:

  • Change the sugar solution at least twice a week (more often during heat waves). A spoiled solution can cause hummingbirds to abandon the feeder or cause illness or death.
  • Clean the feeder thoroughly, including inside the feeding ports, with hot water every time you change the sugar solution. If you see black mold spots, soak the feeder in bleach, being sure to rinse thoroughly.
  • Prepare a sugar solution using 4 parts water to 1 part refined white sugarDo not use any other type of sugar: natural sugar, cane sugar, turbinado sugar, brown sugar, honey, maple syrup or anything else, as these other sugars contain substances that are possibly toxic to the birds. Do not add coloring or use pre-made mixes.
  • The sugar solution can be stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • If you want more than one feeder, place them out of sight of each other. Hummingbirds are very territorial and will chase away any hummingbird they see.