Hot Summer and Hummingbirds

It has been a hot, dry summer across the US.  Record temperatures have been set across the country.  With the high temperatures and the lack of rainfall flower nectar production is down.  What does this mean to your hummingbirds?  It means that the bees that depend on the nectar are searching for something sweet.  Something like the nectar in your hummingbird feeder. If the bees take over your hummingbird feeder, your backyard hummingbirds will not go near the feeder.   It is easy to keep the bees away.

Make sure your feeder has insect guards to keep the bees away. The  Happy Eight-2 Hummingbird Feeder  features 8 ports with 2 complete sets of patented nectar guard tips. The patented nectar guards virtually eliminate insect contamination of the nectar while still allowing hummingbirds to feed. In addition, the bright red cap that help attracts hummingbirds  lifts from the clear snap on cover to make filling a breeze.   The cover removes easily for cleaning. The ports and nectar guards may be carefully cleaned with the included port brush. The feeder cover, cap, and basin are made of UV stabilized polycarbonate. Hanging rod is solid brass.

Mold and bacteria that are harmful to hummingbirds can grow in the nectar so it is important to change the hummingbird nectar. If the temperature is under 70 degrees, you can change the nectar once a week.  However, please see the charge below for when to change in higher tempertature:

High temperature ………… Wash the feeder and change nectar and  after

71-75………………………………….6 days

76-80…………………………………5 days

81-84…………………………………4 days

85-88………………………………..3 days

89-92………………………………..2 days

93+…………………………………..change daily