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Neighbors using red nectar

Posted by tamela_star Zone 7 (My Page) on
Thu, May 8, 14 at 16:33

I have neighbors across the street that put out a feeder full of red hummingbird nectar. I make my own as I have heard that the dye hurts the birds and unnecessary. Does anyone on here know for sure that it hurts them?


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RE: Neighbors using red nectar

There aren`t any studies that say it does hurt them but there are also no studies that say it doesn`t hurt them. Because these little birds ingest so much nectar in the course of a day, any additives to the nectar could have a cumulative effect. Given that most hummingbird feeders have enough red on them to attract the birds it`s actually less hassle to forgo the additives and just stick with straight cane sugar and water.


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RE: Neighbors using red nectar

One thing is for sure it is unnecessary. A true waste of money hummers will come to your feeders without using the red coloring so why take the chance of hurting these adorable creatures.


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RE: Neighbors using red nectar

Thanks. I have plenty of hummers visiting my feeders through out the day. I worry that they visit feeders that have harmful additives. At least they have fresh homemade nectar from me.


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RE: Neighbors using red nectar

There's an entire snopes article on the idea that red dye hurts hummingbirds. It doesn't.

It's not necessary, but its not a problem either.


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RE: Neighbors using red nectar

Sorry to double post, but I saw a comment about "unhealthy additives".

The only additives in most commercial hummingbird food are electrolytes, and anti-fungals. Fungi can be a huge issue with hummingbirds, so if you're not cleaning your feeders very regularly (or your neighbor isn't), telling them to use home made stuff is putting the birds in danger.


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