Saturday, August 15, 2009

Hummer makeover

Hummingbird feeder makeover, that is. My poor hummingbirds are having a hard time right now. It has been raining HARD for over a week now. All of my necter flowers have been beat down by the rain. To make matters worse, the moisture caused crud to grow on the hummingbird feeder. I have to help my little friends out. Here's what I did today.

First, I made fresh hummingbird necter for the feeder. I measured out 1/4 cup of sugar, and 1 cup of water.

I put the water and sugar into a small pan and brought it to a boil. As soon as it came to a boil, I took it off the burner and let it cool while I cleaned the feeder.

See how gross the feeder is. I don't want my hummers getting sick from the mold.

Using an old toothbrush, I scrubbed the parts of the feeder. On my feeder, the "flower" cups come off and I can clean it pretty well.

The inside of the glass resevoir was a little trickier. First, I put some rice into the container with some water. Then I shook the living daylights out of it. The mold didn't budge. Plan B: make my own "tool". I wrapped a fat rubberband around a chopstick and rubbed it around the inside of the bottle. It worked like a charm.

Nice and clean and ready to fill with my homemade hummingbird food.

I don't add any red coloring to the food. The hummers find the food just fine because of the red on the feeder.

Here it is. Ready for my little friends.

No comments:

Post a Comment

I'd love to know what you're thinking. Please feel free to leave ideas and comments.