How to keep Nectar from Freezing in the Winter
October 16, 2018 at 9:07 pm #1458
I was wondering if anyone had any tips on keeping nectar from freezing in the Harsh Winter Months coming up? I want to make sure the Hummingbirds who stayed behind are fed and I also want to make sure my feeders dont break in the process. Thank you.This post has received 1 vote up.
October 16, 2018 at 9:17 pm #1462
I red somewhere that rotating the feeder throughout the day may help keep the nectar from freezing. you can also try hanging Christmas light around the feeder or maybe under it or even a mechanic’s trouble light near it if you have one.
I also heard that some people would actually wrap plumber’s heat tape around their feeders.
I haven’t tried any of these tips yet, as this winter would be my very first winter feeding Hummingbirds but I think it’s worth the try 🙂
Hope some of these tricks work for you.
October 17, 2018 at 1:08 am #1487
Rotating the feeder is a great suggestion, as anywhere where its warm enough during winter months, where you have hummers staying around in the wintertime, the temperature will not remain freezing for long. Other suggestions might include, placing feeders where they get the first rays of the sun in the morning, placing feeders near structures that are heated, and the simple one: Bring them in at night and put them out once the morning sun is out. Hummingbirds remain in a stupor (aka not going anywhere) until the outside temperature warms up, and should warm-up your feeders as well.
October 19, 2018 at 3:46 pm #1554
Something to keep in mind is that if you’re in an area that frequently goes into freezing temps in fall and winter, it’s probably too cold for hummingbirds to winter there. Hummingbirds do travel as far north as Alaska during the summer, but many species winter in Central and South America.
If you just get occasional freezes, then you may just consider bringing in your feeder for the night when you know it’s going to be cold.
April 5, 2019 at 3:10 am #3385
This is so nice.. Thanks for the information.
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