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Sun Jun 7, 2015, 03:17 PM

 

I am looking for a hummingbird feeder that is easy to clean.

I have one I like but it's impossible to get into all the crooks and crannies.

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Sun Jun 7, 2015, 03:29 PM

1. Have you tried

denture cleaner? It sure cleans mine out.

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Response to MuseRider (Reply #1)

Sun Jun 7, 2015, 04:23 PM

4. The problem I have is crevices that are hard to get into. I soak it

 

in vinegar water, but still have some black spots in the crevices.

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Sun Jun 7, 2015, 03:34 PM

2. Try a flat one. It doesn't hold as much as huge ones, but are much easier to clean

first link on google, but there are also less expensive kinds, bought a plastic one here recently.
http://www.songbirdgarden.com/store/scripts/prodList.asp?idCategory=192

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #2)

Sun Jun 7, 2015, 03:48 PM

3. exactly - it is the one we use - and actually I have to change the food before it runs out

gets hot here, sugar water sours after a week or so

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #2)

Sat Jun 13, 2015, 02:35 PM

9. I bought a flat one but have a couple of questions.

 

1) It seems kind of deep. Can the birds get their beaks down to the nectar if it isn't full?

2) The flat feeder tips so there is no liquid on one side. Do the birds figure it out? I don't like to fill it too full because I am not getting a lot of birds and have to dump it out once a week.

Thanks for the help

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Sun Jun 7, 2015, 06:24 PM

5. We buy 6 at a time every couple of years


The bottom just unscrews. They are dishwasher safe as long as you air dry. We just hang them from hooks with wire. The bee guard works for ants too.

You want to have two up at a time to reduce protective fighting. We use both oriole and hummingbird mix. They pick what they prefer.

http://www.amazon.com/Perky-Pet-215P-Planter-3-Ounce-Hummingbird/dp/B000OQZ5P0

Features a bee guard, one feeding port and a 3 oz nectar capacity

Shatterproof plastic feeder

Comes with a hanging rod which allows for placement over a planter box

Lure the bird in pursuit of sweet nectar - providing you with hours of joy as beautiful hummingbirds flock to your feeder


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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #5)

Sat Jun 13, 2015, 02:38 PM

10. Looks like a good idea. Does the bee guard come off? nm

 

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #10)

Sat Jun 13, 2015, 03:07 PM

11. Yes it does

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Response to Omaha Steve (Reply #11)

Sat Jun 13, 2015, 03:21 PM

12. Good. Thanks. nm

 

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Response to rhett o rick (Original post)

Sun Jun 7, 2015, 09:08 PM

6. I converted to all flat style feeders this year because they are so much easier to clean.

The bird shop where I bought it suggested not getting larger than the 8 oz size because
during the summer here they'll go through the juice in about 3-5 days, which is about as long
as you can let it go in the summer because of the heat.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 7, 2015, 09:21 PM

7. I am going to try the flat style. nm

 

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #7)

Mon Jun 8, 2015, 09:19 AM

8. It has spaces for jelly too


A good choice.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 14, 2015, 06:57 PM

13. Tell me what I am doing wrong. When you put liquid in the tray it tips to the side.

 

Also it looks like the birds beaks won't reach the nectar unless it's full.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #13)

Sun Jun 14, 2015, 07:22 PM

14. What size did you get?

I found that if I didn't keep the size to < 8oz, it was hard to balance the feeder.

I fill my 8 oz flat style feeders full and the hummers are able to drain them!

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #14)

Sun Jun 14, 2015, 10:44 PM

15. I got the 8 oz. but I filled it with 4 oz. and it tips badly. If I filled it completely I beleive

 

it would spill over. Very strange. It would work if it was setting on something but not hanging.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #6)

Sun Jun 21, 2015, 12:56 PM

16. I got the 8 oz size but it doesn't work. It tips when it has liquid in it.

 

Also, even if it was flat, looks like it'd have to be full for the bird's beaks to reach the nectar. I have one hanging next to my regular feeder and the birds check out the flat on but choose the regular one.

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