Tuesday, July 8, 2008

No Red Dye for Hummingbirds

Red dye is totally unnecessary to attract hummingbirds. The feeders have the color red on them and that attracts the hummingbirds. Red dye #40 is made from coal tar and has been reported to cause tumors on the bills and liver of hummingbirds. The purchased nectar also contains preservatives that can harm the birds.
A simple receipe for your hummingbird feeder. Mix 1/2 cup of sugar with 2 cups of water. Put in a sauce pan and warm it until the sugar dissolves. Put in feeder when it cools. Change once a week or more often if you see mold forming.