hummingbird feeders and HOT nectar?
June 29, 2019 at 1:17 pm #4101
I must hang my hummingbird feeder away from trees because the squirrels JUMP onto the hummingbird feeder and drink the sugar water! YES, they can drain it in a short amount of time. Fun to watch but I do not want diabetic squirrels.
So, I started hanging my feeder on a pole in the middle of the yard. Full Virginia sun! I KNOW the water gets hot, hot, hot. Will that hurt…or just keep the hummers away (because they are smart enough to know it’s hot fluid in the feeder?)
Thank you for your help. The bird store said it would be ‘ok’. Ummmm.
July 3, 2019 at 3:44 pm #4107
Sunlight/heat will make your nectar spoil more quickly. We recommend changing your nectar every three to five days, or more often if you notice that your nectar has become cloudy or moldy.
August 28, 2020 at 4:10 pm #9966
You should try squirrel baffles, when used correctly they are an invaluable necessity.I keep finding muddy smudges on one of my feeders, so I moved it away from the fence. Early in the summer I caught one of the little devils tipping it over and drinking what poured out. Years past there was a woodpecker that would sip the nectar in the spring, but he never bothered me. once I had a bear that ripped down the pole, so I had to bring the feeders in at night.
July 10, 2019 at 10:10 am #4149
There are very few creatures NOT attracted to the nectar in nectar feeders;
Dog on hummingbird feeder
does anyone know what kind of hummingbird this is ?
Oh dear !
Absolutely batty !
Just for the fun of it , put in a name of a animal/creature plus the words hummingbird feeder into search and see what you come up with.
praying mantis hummingbird feeder
Bet you would not have expected the above ?
In any case you asked about squirrels, feeders, sun ?
I agree with the above comment , sunlight plus heat will deteriorate the nectar more rapidly . If you were to use a feeder dome .
The feeder dome could/should;
Keep snow off of it as seen above, squirrels, leafs , rain, bird **** , cut down and sunlight , and other offending objects off the top of it .
Dome could be made from some recycled object, trash can lid or use your imagination or purchased.
Tractor supply sells one for about $10.00 . Squirrels are not a bother here in the desert of ARIDzona, but seeing what others have done throughout the country that should help with your problem .
P.S. It can be fun to watch the squirrels spilling off the dome if it is loose mounted so thier weight causes it to tilt
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