I get your magazine and I am an avid hummingbird enthusiast. Some even call me the Hummingbird Master as I have been feeding the little cuties for over 20 years and have well over 100 birds here during peak season. (I have a web page that tells all about attracting and caring for hummingbirds here: http://www.squidoo.com/happyhummers) I am wondering WHY you write that the sugar water should be boiled? I use hot tap water and it works perfectly... My huge population is proof. More about my method here: http://sandysandysweblog.blogspot.com/2011/05/hungry-hummingbirds.html I am on well water and have a filter/ softening system on my well. Is the boiling just a precaution? Do you recommend boiling the water in case it has chlorine or flouride in it? Could that be harmful to the birds? http://www.hummingbirds.net/feeders.html - This recipe does not recommend boiling the water. They state: "It's not necessary to boil the water. The microorganisms that cause fermentation don't come from the water; they are transported to the feeder on hummingbird bills." Also, you write that the feeders may need to be changed 2 x's a week in hot weather, however, it could be even more frequently depending on the situation. If cloudy, it probably needs changing - If you get a heavy rain, or if located in the sun, in very hot, humid weather, the mixture may need to be changed daily or every other day. Also keeping the feeder clean is very important. From a dedicated HummerLover in NJ!
Thanks for the links. I still will play safer with boiling as I've done that for several years now and have healthy hummers.
Let's see what our expert Mark has to say too.
BTW, why did you triple post?
Sorry, I didn't mean to triple post. I must have done some unnecessary clicking. Sorry 'bout that.
As far as the nectar . . . Better safe than sorry, I guess, however I also have very happy and healthy hummers with my method which I have used for over a decade, as does everyone I know who also uses it. We all just keep getting more and more hummers every year. Perhaps if the water is city processed, the boiling supposedly kills any chemicals? As I said, I'm on well water. Looking forward to B & B's comment, too. Thanks for your reply!
I agree with you entirely. Boiling is nothing but a waste of time and energy. It will not make the syrup stale, it might (though not likely) extend the life of the nectar by a day if you are lucky. I certainly would never recommend boiling with the sugar in the water.
In my experience, I would not anticipate a reply from B & B.
Thanks - When you have as many as I do, effectiveness and efficiency is paramount. Boiling certainly complicates the operation. I like to "Keep it Simple". I'm new to this forum. I do hope B & B replies.
I think we can all agree that the store bought red nectar is not good for the hummers.
I live in a big city, so I will be safe and boil my water... I won't drink tap water so why should the hummers.
I have read that this bottled water is nothing more than tapwater, does anybody know?
With some brands that is true, but not all. The next question is , where is the tap located?
Well, we are advised NOT to drink tap water from Redstone Arsenal due to toxicity, so bottled water is trucked in daily. I find artesian water or distilled water is best for my tummy. So that's what I give my birds. I can't stomach my tap water (too close to old military arsenal with toxicity) even with the filters.
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