Why I had to take down the hummingbird feedersSubmitted by Murphy1844 at 2019-04-13 19:03:50 EDT
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I’ve got two hummingbird feeders that I had to take down today. I read somewhere that, when the temperatures exceed 80 degrees, mold can start growing in the containers and kill hummingbirds. Sure enough, when I took them down and rinsed them out, I could see little mold spores growing on the inside. There were already there, and hummingbirds have already sipped off these things! Are they going to die! Am I going to walk outside tomorrow and see thousands of dead hummingbirds all over the place? Are pissed off neighbors going to be shoveling dozens of dead hummingbirds in to their trash with a snow shovel?
I don’t think it’s such a good idea to keep these hummingbird feeders up anyway. They were cute at first, but they’re noisy and just remind me of an oversized bumble bee. Then, when I was really thinking about it, staring at the mold and thinking “these things are toast,” then I realized that I think we’re doing a disservice by feeding these little bastards.
Here’s why: The adult hummingbirds will be just fine because they already know about sniffing out nectar. I’m not worried about them. I’m worried about the baby hummingbirds that haven’t learned these skills, and lean on the hummingbird feeder until it’s too late! We take these down, and then baby hummingbirds won’t know where they should go for food, because they haven’t LEARNED.
I’m hoping the birds can wean off the hummingbird feeder with relatively mild anxiety. And I’m sure the little buggers may have some difficulty at first. As for the mass-murder of hummingbirds, I think this is unlikely but it certainly would be devastating if it were to happen.