4 Essentials for a Clean Feeder


Something that has always bothered me about feeding hummingbirds is keeping the feeder clean. This year I discovered 4 essentials that worked:

  1. Buying an easy to clean glass feeder with a wide mouth (and an ant guard.)
  2. Changing fresh nectar out 2x a week.
  3. Rinsing and cleaning the feeder at each change. This year I used an interdental brush for the small floret holes and a child’s toothbrush for the larger areas. Worked like a charm! I used a bottle brush for the glass container.
  4. Keeping my feeder in the shade.

First year ever to not lose the battle with the black mold that accumulates and it only took minutes to do using the dental brush at each nectar change. I like to think the hummers appreciated it.

If you have any other suggestions for cleaning, please share!

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Enjoying the Hummingbirds

“Let me be, was all I wanted. Be what I am, no matter how I am.”
― Henry MillerStand Still Like the Hummingbird

“Who but the artist has the power to open man up, to set free the imagination? The others – priest, teacher, saint, statesman, warrior – hold us to the path of history. They keep us chained to the rock, that the vultures may eat out our hearts. It is the artist who has the courage to go against the crowd; he is the unrecognized “hero of our time” – and of all time.”

― Henry MillerStand Still Like the Hummingbird

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