Cleaning Out A Hummingbird Feeder Cleaning Out A Hummingbird Feeder
A hummingbird feeder is a great, inexpensive piece that adds a lot of style and enjoyment to your yard. Hummingbirds love to have sweet solutions to eat from to give them the energy they need to propel their wings. Hummingbird feeders are an easy way for them to get their food and sustain their energy.
Hummingbird feeders, like other outdoor accessories, should be cleaned on a periodic basis. When a feeder is not clean it can easily spread diseases. Many experts recommend a thorough cleaning because hummingbirds will starve themselves before eating or drinking spoiled nectar. Clean your hummingbird feeder at least once a month. The good news is that cleaning your feeder is an easy project.
Step One - Remove Feeder from Mounting Area
Use your screwdriver and carefully remove the feeder from the mounting brackets.
Step Two - Disassemble Hummingbird Feeder
Once you have the feeder removed from its mounting bracket you will need to disassemble it to wash it. Take off the bottom of the feeder and drain out all the nectar solution. Do not try and save it. Once of the reasons that you are cleaning the feeder is that germs can be transferred from one bird to another through the nectar. It is best to either let the solution drain out in the sink or put it in an old bottle and throw the bottle away. Take apart any other pieces that can come off and set on the counter for washing.
Step Three - Wash Feeder Thoroughly
Fill your sink with hot water and soap. Let it sit in the water for about 10 minutes to loosen up the nectar that might be sticking to the sides of the tube. Use a small cleaning brush and scrub the inside of the feeder tube. Wash the other components thoroughly with a sponge. Rinse each piece with warm water and make sure all soap residue is removed. Set aside to dry.
Step Four - Bleach Bath
Once the feeder has been through a cleaning with the soap, fill the sink with a mixture of 1/4 cup of bleach to each gallon of water. Place all the components in the bleach solution and let them remain there for an hour. Remove them and rinse them thoroughly. Let the pieces dry.
Step Five - Fill with New Feeder Solution
After all the parts are dry, you can reassemble the pieces. Take some fresh hummingbird food and fill up the feeder tube. Screw the bottom back onto the tube and take out to the mounting area. Use your screwdriver and hang the hummingbird feeder again for the birds to enjoy.
Step Six - Repeat Once Each Month
The key to a healthy hummingbird feeder is keeping it clean. A thorough cleaning at least once a month is recommended. However, you can keep the nectar free of any bugs, dirt and debris every few days by giving the feeder a quick wipe down.