Are you lucky enough to enjoy the daily visits of a hummingbird in your garden? Have you bought a specialized feeder for it and do you want it to be in perfect condition at all times?
Don’t worry anymore, because we will explain in detail how to clean a hummingbird feeder that will ensure that the hummingbird that visits your house will continue to drink again without any inconvenience.
As with other domestic animals that require our constant care to feed and stay healthy, having a hummingbird feeder in perfect condition is key to ensuring not only that the bird can feed properly, but also that it stays healthy and does not ingest bacteria present in the feeder due to lack of proper maintenance.
WANT TO KNOW HOW TO CLEAN A HUMMINGBIRD FEEDER?
HOW TO CLEAN A HUMMINGBIRD FEEDER?
WHAT DO WE NEED?
- Soap to clean the dishes without artificial aromas
- Small cleaning brush
- Quality Cleaning Mop
STEP 1: EMPTY AND WET THE TROUGH
The first thing we should do when we notice that the feeder is dirty and the nectar is starting to spoil, is to empty it completely and fill it with hot water. It is important that we never try to reuse the nectar, especially if we live in a place with a warm climate, as it could start to decompose and generate bacteria that are harmful to the health of the hummingbird that will come to drink it.
The best way to prevent the nectar from accumulating and being wasted is to adjust the amount we put in the tank, so that it is always completely empty and we don’t have to watch so much for it to rot.
STEP 2: DISASSEMBLE THE TROUGH
Once we have it all empty, we must proceed to dismantle our food dispenser as much as possible. In the past these feeders were very robust and difficult to clean, but nowadays the new models will allow us to dismantle all the parts ( including the feeding ports and the protections against the bees) so we will be able to clean each part separately perfectly.
STEP 3: CLEAN WITH SOAP AND WATER
Once we have everything well disassembled, we must mix hot water and the cleaning soap that we have chosen and place it in a large container that allows us to create a solution where we can immerse the pieces of the trough.
Once we have the container full, we will submerge the pieces of the trough and we will leave them in soaking for 1 to 2 hours. This way all the dry nectar pieces embedded in the walls of the trough will loosen up and will be easier to remove later.
STEP 4: DEEPLY SCRUB THE TROUGH
After soaking all the pieces of the trough for two hours, we must start to scrub it deeply with the help of a mop or a cleaning brush that can fit in the bottle. While rubbing we must pay much attention to remove any mold stains or nectar remains dry and encrusted that may have been trapped.
On the other hand, if it were the case that the bottle in our trough has too narrow a neck and does not allow us access to it to clean it with any brush, we can try to carry out an indirect cleaning with the help of a handful of rice. To do this we will add a spoonful of rice mixed with a little detergent and add 3 / 4 of hot water, shake all the trough and then return to rinse.
STEP 5: RINSE
Once we have thoroughly scrubbed all the parts, we will empty the cleaning solution we have prepared and proceed to rinse everything with cold water under pressure to remove any traces of foam or dirt.
STEP 6: DRYING
Once we have scrubbed and rinsed our trough well, the only thing left to do is to let it dry properly. To do this we can leave all the pieces to dry separately on a towel or dry cloth and wait until they are completely dry to reassemble the trough.
AND THAT’S IT! OUR HUMMINGBIRD WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY ITS NECTAR AGAIN WITH COMPLETE PEACE OF MIND!