Avoid Illness or Injury to Hummingbirds

As a hummingbird enthusiast there are some things that you can do to help avoid contributing to the injury or illness of a hummingbird.  The information listed below is intended to serve as a reminder, because no one would wish to harm the hummingbird.

  • The hummingbird feeder must be kept clean at all times!  The build-up of mold or bacteria can be extemely harmful to the hummingbirds.
  • Be sure to change your nectar solution frequenly to prevent it from spoiling.
  • When making your own nectar solution, use only granulated white sugar and not red food coloring, honey, or artificial sweetners.
  • Never use pesticides in your garden, as these things can be injested by the hummingbird and cause harm.
  • If you use an ant trap with your feeder, fill it with only water.
  • Petroleum jelly, tangle foot type products, or cooking oil should never be used as a method to try and prevent common problems with insects.  These things can get on the hummingbird’s beak or feathers and cause problems for the bird.

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