How To Clean A Hummingbird Feeder
How To Clean A Hummingbird Feeder – Reduce the chance of passing on harmful bacteria through the growth of seen, or unseen bacteria that is harmful to birds.
Why Clean Your Feeders at Least Once a Month?
Cleaning a hummingbird feeder is extremely important! I clean my feeder extremely well, at least once a month.
I also make up a batch of food to store in my fridge. This way, I can keep refilling the feeder as needed.
During the warm weather, it reduces the chance of passing on harmful bacteria through the growth process of stale water. Remember, the bacteria growing can be seen, or unseen and harmful to our birds.
When To Clean Your Hummingbird Feeder
Once a month, before I refill my hummingbird feeder I thoroughly clean my feeder with a bleach water solution. I wash and then let it dry completely before refilling.
This is a separate duty from dumping out and rinsing the feeder every two to three days.
Word on Using Bleach
For me, the jury is still out on using bleach. It is used in everything from hospitals to cleaning surfaces in our food prep and in some cases even our eating utensils. This is how I was taught. Is it the correct way? Not 100% sure, can anyone be 100% sure? Additional ideas, if you are concerned with using bleach, use vinegar or even, plain water.
The most important part is if you are putting up a feeder to clean the feeder and change the water regularly – period.
How To Clean Your Hummingbird Feeder
1.) Fill the sink with one gallon of water and add 1/4 cup of bleach to the water. (read above comments)
2.) Take apart feeder and soak all the parts in the bleach water solution or your choice of product for an hour.
3.) Use a cleaning brush kit to get inside all the holes to remove the black mold that has started to settle into the feeder.
4.) Thoroughly rinse any cleaning solution off pieces.
5.) Let pieces air dry completely.
6.) Refill feeder with sugar solution (Recipe Here)
When To Change Your Sugar Water
Sugar water should be changed according to the outside temperatures. The warmer it is, the more often it will need to be changed to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. In 85 degree plus weather it seems I have to change mine every two to three days. If it gets a cloudy appearance, you know to change it out right away.
Keep the Feeder Out of Direct Sun
It helps to keep the feeder out of direct sunlight, in the shade you can expect the water to last a little longer.
That should give you a better idea how to clean a hummingbird feeder and when to change the water as well. Here is to a great year watching our feathered friends!