Large Hummingbird Feeders
Invite the Hummers into your yard with one of our fun Hummingbird feeders! (Stand not included)
Dimensions Approximately: 6.5"H x 4"W x4" D
Filling the Feeder- Boil water and mix 1 part sugar to 4 parts boiling water. Set aside to chill.
Fill the hummingbird feeders almost full to create a vacuum to help prevent leakage. Fill the hummingbird feeder upside down and snugly replace the cork. When you turn it back over, the nectar flows to the bottom allowing nectar to “shoot” out the spout and the vacuum created should prevent spillage as long as the cork is properly in place. It is possible for bottom fill feeders to leak in heavy winds and changing temperatures, but it should only be a small amount. If the feeder was fine the previous day and empty in the morning, it is not unlikely a bat emptied your feeder.
Every filling, flush the feeder with hot tap water; a bottle brush can be very helpful.
Do not use soap - hummers apparently don't like the taste, but bleach will remove it if you have this problem. Visually inspect the entire feeder for black mold; a bleach soak (see the next paragraph) is the best way to remove mold. Discard any unconsumed sugar water. If the birds are not emptying your feeder between cleanings, it's unnecessary and wasteful to fill it completely. If the sugar solution in your feeder turns cloudy, it's spoiled and needs to be replaced. This can happen in as little as two days.
At least once a month, clean the feeder thoroughly with a solution of 1/4 cup bleach to one gallon of water. Soak the feeder in this solution for one hour, then clean with a bottle brush. Rinse well with running water and refill. Any remaining traces of bleach will be neutralized by reacting with the fresh syrup, and there's no need to air dry before refilling. Bleach is both safe and very effective.