Cleaning a Hummingbird Feeder
It is very important to clean a hummingbird feeder every three days or so. If a hummingbird feeder is not properly cleaned, mold may grow in the nectar. Since hummingbirds are so small with such tiny little organs, any bit of containment in the hummingbird food can cause illness and/or death.
If you don't remember when the last time you cleaned any of your hummingbird feeders is, take a look at the nectar inside. If you notice any discoloration, slimy looking strings of goop, or it just doesn't look quite right, clean the feeder.
First thing to do when cleaning a hummingbird feeder is to pour all of the nectar out of the feeder. Just pour it down the drain. Don't worry; you can make more by following the recipe for hummingbird nectar located on the nectar page. Take apart the entire hummingbird feeder according to the manufactures instructions. Soak all of the pieces in nice hot soapy water.
Use a Bottle/Thermos Brush or a Hummingbird Feeder Brush and scrub in inside of the hummingbird feeder tank really well working to get out any goop and gunk that might have grown inside. This needs to be done even if you don't see anything inside the tank as mold may just be starting to grow and may not yet be visible. Make sure to scrub the base and flowers with soap and water as well because goop can sometimes clog these components.
Use really hot water to rinse the hummingbird feeder, but not hot enough to burn yourself. Rinse all the parts and pieces thoroughly. There should be no soap residue left after you are done rinsing. Let all the parts and pieces cool and dry.
After the parts have completely dried, go ahead and put them all back together according to the manufactures instructions. Now, carefully fill the hummingbird feeder tank and attach it to the hummingbird feeder. Hang the hummingbird feeder outside and watch your hummingbirds enjoy.
Remember, it is extremely important to clean your hummingbird feeders approximately every three (3) days to keep you hummingbirds both happy and healthy. Many hummingbird enthusiasts will have two sets of hummingbird feeders, one to be outside and one being cleaned inside.
Just a side note: Some people like to clean their hummingbird feeders with bleach. This is completely unnecessary. Hospitals don't even use bleach for cleaning anymore. Hot soap and water with a really good rinse works just as well, if not better. However, if you feel you absolutely have to use bleach for cleaning, make sure you thoroughly rinse all components so as not to harm the hummingbirds.
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