Your E-mail:
Will your bird get a holiday gift this year?

Hummingbird Feeder Cleaning Tips

Cleaning hummingbird feeders will prevent bacteria from growing and keep the hummingbirds that visit your backyard healthy and safe.

Susan Day
Posted: March 15, 2013, 1:15 p.m. PST

Woman with kitten
If your hummingbird feeders have black, moldy gunk, you’re not cleaning them often enough.
Excerpted from "Ambrosia for the Hummingbird Gods” in "Popular Birding Series: Hummingbirds,” published by publisher I-5 Publishing LLC.

Hummingbird feeders should be cleaned when the hummingbird nectar becomes cloudy or when they’re empty. During hot weather, hummingbird feeders should be cleaned daily or every two to three days.

Usually, a flush with hot tap water and a thorough swish with a brush will do the trick. Some hummingbird feeders, though, can be washed in a dishwasher.

A bottle brush works fine for bottle-type bird feeders. You can buy some with curved bristles that reach tough spots in curved basin-type feeders or others shaped like mascara makeup brushes for nectar ports.

If your hummingbird feeders have black, moldy gunk, you’re not cleaning them often enough. A long soak in 1 part household bleach and 9 parts water should take care of it. Some birdwatchers clean their hummingbird feeders in a vinegar and water solution. Other birders fill a bird feeder with rice and water and give it a good shake, while some like to use enzyme cleaners.

Hummingbirds are seasonal in most areas. It’s a good practice to thoroughly clean your hummingbird feeders if you take them down after fall migration. Let the bird feeders air-dry, and store them in a dry place over the winter. That way, your hummingbird feeders will be ready in the spring, and all you’ll have to do is whip up a batch of hummingbird nectar and fill them.

Printer Friendly

Posted: March 15, 2013, 1:15 p.m. PST

 Give us your opinion on
Hummingbird Feeder Cleaning Tips

Submit a Comment or
Join Club
Earn 1,000 points! What's this?

Top Products
BirdChannel Home | Bird Breeders | Bird Species | Related Links | BirdChannel Editors and Contributors
                       | Birds USA |  
Disclaimer: The posts and threads recorded in our message boards do not reflect the opinions of nor are endorsed by I-5 Publishing, LLC nor any of its employees. We are not responsible for the content of these posts and threads.
Copyright ©  I-5 Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.
Our Privacy Policy has changed. Your California Privacy Right/Privacy Policy
Advertise With Us  |  SiteMap  |  Contact Us  |  Terms of Use  |  Community Guidelines | Bird eClub Terms
BirdChannel Newsletter Signup | Link to Us | About Us | More Great I-5 Sites
Gold Standard

*Content generated by our loyal visitors, which includes comments and club postings, is free of constraints from our editors’ red pens, and therefore not governed by I-5 Publishing, LLC’s Gold Standard Quality Content, but instead allowed to follow the free form expression necessary for quick, inspired and spontaneous communication.

Become a fan of BirdChannel on Facebook Follow BirdChannel on Twitter
Get social and connect with BirdChannel.

Hi my name's Harry Winston

Visit the Photo Gallery to
cast your vote!
Information on over 200 critter species