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Postby WeatherWoman » Jul 3rd, 2018, 11:17 am

This is the first year we put out humming bird feeders, So great to sit in the hot tub and watch them coming for a drink.

However the last couple of days I haven't seen any and just noticed there is dead wasps in the feeder.

Can I just strain out the wasps or should I make new sugar water? We will also put out the wasp traps.
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Re: Hummingbird Feeder Thread

Postby Bsuds » Jul 3rd, 2018, 12:44 pm

WeatherWoman wrote:
Can I just strain out the wasps or should I make new sugar water? We will also put out the wasp traps.


To be safe I would make fresh syrup. Any yellow on the feeder will attract Wasps so try to avoid that.
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Re: Hummingbird Feeder Thread

Postby Catsumi » Jul 3rd, 2018, 1:06 pm

WeatherWoman wrote:This is the first year we put out humming bird feeders, So great to sit in the hot tub and watch them coming for a drink.

However the last couple of days I haven't seen any and just noticed there is dead wasps in the feeder.

Can I just strain out the wasps or should I make new sugar water? We will also put out the wasp traps.



A good question.


A few years back I read an article about HB feeders in which a microbiological study of old sugar water left in feeders became a hotbed of bacterial growth. Not good for the birds' health. The recommendations were to boil the syrup, store excess in fridge in presterilized jar, pour boiling (or as close as possible) through feeder and its tubes, and change the syrup often leaving it stand no longer than two days at most.

Perhaps if you wish to google you might come upwith more current recommendations.

On the downside of hummingbird issues there was a recent CBC radio podcast (still available, free) about massive killings of these threatened birds by the Mexican tourist/trinket/love potion suppliers. It is heartbreaking to listen to, but educational in that we may all do a little bit more to encourage these marvels of nature by planting their fav flowers and keeping cats inside.

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Re: Hummingbird Feeder Thread

Postby WeatherWoman » Jul 3rd, 2018, 1:36 pm

The feeder was pretty fresh. I will get DH to depose of the wasps (i am allergic) and I will clean and start fresh.
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Re: Hummingbird Feeder Thread

Postby Catsumi » Jul 3rd, 2018, 2:04 pm

I neglected to mention that the red dye is not required as they will find feeder without it. Good luck.
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Re: Hummingbird Feeder Thread

Postby Bsuds » Jul 3rd, 2018, 2:29 pm

Catsumi wrote:I neglected to mention that the red dye is not required as they will find feeder without it. Good luck.


It does help to show at a glance how much is in the feeder.
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Re: Hummingbird Feeder Thread

Postby Poindexter » Jul 3rd, 2018, 3:01 pm

Never knew that about yellow attracting the wasps, thanks Bsuds.

Our feeders also attracted an Oriole this year, a bit of a bonus. It managed to drink upside down without spilling a drop, another bonus.

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Re: Hummingbird Feeder Thread

Postby vegas1500 » Jul 3rd, 2018, 4:13 pm

Catsumi wrote:I neglected to mention that the red dye is not required as they will find feeder without it. Good luck.


Also supposed to be very bad for them. I make my own and wash feeder regularly

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Re: Hummingbird Feeder Thread

Postby Bsuds » Jul 3rd, 2018, 4:22 pm

Catsumi wrote:I neglected to mention that the red dye is not required as they will find feeder without it. Good luck.


vegas1500 wrote:Also supposed to be very bad for them. I make my own and wash feeder regularly


Apparently there is no proof of that but why take a chance when it is not needed to attract them.
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Re: Hummingbird Feeder Thread

Postby flamingfingers » Jul 3rd, 2018, 5:43 pm

1/4 c sugar, 1 c water - bring to simmer, stirring to suspend the sugar, cool and pour into feeders. Hang in the shade.
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Re: Hummingbird Feeder Thread

Postby WeatherWoman » Jul 4th, 2018, 3:54 pm

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Re: Hummingbird Feeder Thread

Postby just popping in » Jul 5th, 2018, 4:24 pm

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I find the flat HB feeders are better.
The wasps are attracted to the ones with yellow spouts and dripped syrup after HB drinks.
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Re: Hummingbird Feeder Thread

Postby LTD » Jul 5th, 2018, 5:28 pm

I had that style but I was constantly filling it so I have 3 bottle style feeders that get filled every second day now we go through a lot of sugar
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