Asked on May 13, 2017

How do I keep my hummingbird feeder from molding ??

by Jackie

How do I keep my hummingbird feeder from molding ??

  7 answers
  • Jack Jack on May 13, 2017

    Wash and refresh regular mild soap hot water. Rainse well before refilling.

  • Elizabeth Dion Elizabeth Dion on May 13, 2017

    I don't know where you live, but if you are in a hot climate, only fill your feeders 1/2 full and clean and refill them every few days to prevent mold from getting a foothold.

  • M. M.. M. M.. on May 14, 2017

    I make my syrup on the stove,making sure it boils for a while, then bottle it up in a very clean bottle and keep it in the frig. I let a cupful (the amount my feeder holds) come to room temp, then empty, clean and wash out the feeder with hot soapy water before filling with fresh syrup. A tiny brush, like a mascara wand is perfect for scrubbing out the tiny feeding holes!

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    • Michele Bonsangue Michele Bonsangue on Jul 27, 2021

      so do you add the sugar After you take the boiled water off the stove? What type of feeder do you use and how do you clean your feeders ? Thank you

  • Elena Shideler Elena Shideler on May 14, 2017

    What works for me is filling the sink and add some detergent and a few tablespoons clorox, the feeder will soak (sometimes I'll do it before going to bed and rinse it in the morning.) It prevents mold from forming and the smell goes away in no time. They don't seem to mind.

  • Hol22804747 Hol22804747 on May 14, 2017

    You have to change the sugar water every 4 to 5 days and rinse thoroughly with hot water ~ we have them at our home ~ a lot of work but worth it!!!

  • Hot air Hot air on May 14, 2017

    I have been feeding humming birds for years. You have to keep the feeders clean. In the hot of the summer sometimes I clean them twice a week. The cloudy water is not good for them. I make my own food 1 part sugar, 4 parts water, bring to boil for one minute, let cool. I keep the extra in the fridge and use later when I clean out the feeders. I buy feeders that have a perch for them to sit while drinking and comes apart for easy cleaning. I found some really great feeders that I twist apart clean the inside out and then twist it together. The fancy feeders are sometimes not the best for keeping clean which is very important in feeding hummers. I also get a lot of Orioles at the hummingbird feeders.

    • Laura Vande Geest Burke Laura Vande Geest Burke on Sep 12, 2019

      No, you shouldn't be boiling the water with the sugar in it. And it doesn't store very long. I know you've been doing it for years but I've been long to some websites that talked about this daily. Don't take my word for it do some research.

  • Michele Bonsangue Michele Bonsangue on Jul 27, 2021

    so do you add the sugar After the water has boiled; once you take it off the stove? And how do you clean your feeder? What type of feeder do you use please?