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I just bought a new hummer feeder and read the instructions - they say to change the water every two days or it might ferment.


Say what?!??

You say "water", I'm sure you mean "sugar solution", right?

Every two days is beyond excessive. Secondly, I've read more than one account of hummies purposefully seeking out flowers containing fermented nectar. Evidently a drunk hummie is pretty funny.

Still there are other nasty pathogens that could grow in a sugar solution and that may be a bigger worry.


In thinking about this, maybe every two days isn't a bad idea for solution that isn't boiled (i.e. premade mixes made with hot/warm tap-water).

If you are to change it every two days then all I could suggest is that you determine how much they'll drink within that time and only fill it up that much. Keep the excess in the fridge.

I make hummie solution from scratch.

1. Boil 12 cups of water.
2. Stir in 3+ cups of sugar.
3. Bring to a boil.
4. Store in refrigerator.

The "recommended" ratio is generally 4:1 water:sugar. I'm always heavy-handed with the sugar, and when they're emptying the feeders as fast as I can fill 'em, well I tend to go more towards 3:1.

- T.
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