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Friday, September 22, 2006

Hummingbird Feeders - When to Take Down

You know winter can't be far behind once the hummingbirds start their southern trek. Such is the case, already hummers lounging in Canada have started their journey southbound looking for warmer places. Now is NOT the time to take down your hummingbird feeders. The old school of thought was that if you kept your feeders up the hummingbirds wouldn't leave and would eventually get caught in the cold. That simply is NOT true. Hummers really need the extra energy to migrate and they won't stick around because of food. Now more than ever it's important to leave feeders up and keep them stocked. Typically the rule of thumb is to leave feeders up at least three weeks after seeing your last hummingbird.

Nectar Recipe:
- Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water.
- Bring to a boil stir until all sugar has dissolved. ( Do NOT add red food coloring).
- Cool completely and fill feeders.
- Store excess in refrigerator.
- Nectar in feeders should be replaced every 3-4 days when temperatures are between 80-88 degrees, every 5-6 days when temperatures cool between 70 & 80 degrees.

Enjoy these winged beauties!

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