Many of our Seabrook Island residents enjoy watching and feeding the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds that spend the summers on our island. Making food for these incredible creatures is easy – just use these directions below!
- Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water and bring to a boil to kill any bacteria or mold present.
- Cool and fill feeder.
- Extra sugar water may be stored in a refrigerator.
- No other products, including red dye, should ever be added.
It is suggested to place feeders in the shade and thoroughly clean and replace the food every 3-4 days. Do not use soap – but you may use a solution of 10% bleach and then rinse thoroughly. It is important to clean every 3-4 days as soon as the temperature reaches into the 80s.
Thanks to Sheila Quigley & David Gardner for sharing this information.
2 thoughts on “Feeding Hummingbirds”
Maybe not such a good idea to post a photo with red dye in the feeder when that is a no no!
Hi Patricia. Good Point! I’ve changed the image for the story on the web. Thank you! Nancy