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7 Hummingbird Feeder Mistakes You Should Never Make 

Using the Wrong NectarStore-bought nectar often contains harmful additives. Make your own by mixing 1 part sugar with 4 parts water. Skip the red dye; it’s unnecessary and can be harmful to the birds.

Not Cleaning the Feeder RegularlyDirty feeders can harbor mold and bacteria, which can be deadly to hummingbirds. Clean your feeder thoroughly with hot water and a mild detergent at least once a week. – 

Ignoring Ants and Other InsectsAnts, bees, and wasps can take over feeders, deterring hummingbirds. Use ant moats or insect guards to keep pests away. Ensure the feeder is always clean to prevent attracting unwanted insects.

Placing the Feeder in Direct SunlightDirect sunlight causes the nectar to spoil quickly. Place your feeder in a shaded or partially shaded area to keep the nectar fresh longer and to provide a cooler spot for the hummingbirds.

Using the Wrong Type of FeederNot all feeders are created equal. Choose a feeder that’s easy to disassemble and clean, with bright colors to attract hummingbirds. Avoid feeders with yellow parts that attract bees. – 

Refilling the Feeder InfrequentlyHummingbirds are creatures of habit and will return to a reliable food source. Refill your feeder regularly to ensure there’s always fresh nectar available, especially during peak migration times.

Neglecting to Monitor the FeederRegularly check your feeder for mold, ants, or low nectar levels. Keeping an eye on it ensures the hummingbirds have a safe and consistent food source, making your garden a hummingbird haven.

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