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Q

I enjoyed your hummingbird Web page very much. I have a question - does the sugar solution in the feeders (I have been using both commercial concontions and making one from sugar, boiled water and food dye) need any protein supplement, vitamins or anything else? Will they get adequate nutrition if they just live off the sugar solutions? How about adding a little bee pollen?

Thank you.

Tom Seitz

A Hi Tom,

The solution that is closest to natural nectar is 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. Boil the water, stir in the sugar, and allow the solution to cool before filling your feeders. Store any left over solution in the refrigerator. You don't need to add red dye. All hummingbird feeders have enough red to attrack the hummers. Also, red dye may be toxic to hummingbirds. You don't need to add anything else to your solution. Hummingbirds hawk insects for protein.

Honey, bee pollen, etc. is not recommended for hummingbirds. Research has shown that it can cause a fungus to grow on their tongues. The solution I recommended is the one we use and the one used by those who have done research on the subject. It is better for the birds than the commercial nectar.

I'm glad you enjoyed our web site. Keep visiting as we are frequently adding info and photos.

Terrie

 

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