How to Clean a Hummingbird Feeder

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To clean a hummingbird feeder, use hot tap water and a bottle brush each time the feeder is refilled, and use a bleach solution to completely clean the feeder once a month. Get rid of any signs of mold in a hummingbird feeder with instructions from a professional wildlife biologist and naturalist in this free video on bird feeders.

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Hi, my name is Bo Brown and I'm here to talk about cleaning your hummingbird feeder. This is something that needs to be done on a regular basis, because if not cleaned regularly, it can build up a bacterial and fungus growth that can be very harmful to the birds. Every refilling, you want to take it apart and clean it with hot tap water and a bottle brush. And remove any signs of the black mold or anything that builds up on it. Then about once a month, you want to take it apart completely and clean it with a bleach solution with about one fourth of a cup of bleach and a gallon of water. Also, if the solution inside becomes cloudy, or if the birds are present and not using the feeder, that means that the solution inside's going bad, and you want to replace that. This does take quite a bit of maintenance and upkeep, so if that is too much for some of you, you might want to consider planting a hummingbird garden. And that's a lot less maintenance free....a lot more maintenance free and provides lots of hours of pleasure without having to feed and clean the feeders as often.

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