April 15, 2017

Hummingbird Poo and Stuff

Mommy said to say that hummingbird poo looks like thicker sugar water and just as sticky.  She doesn't want anybuddy to know... but she is always bare foot and goes onto the deck a LOT.  She has seen them poo over by the feeder and on the floor while hovering AND on the window,  so...unfortunately she speaks from experience.  She has said if a hummingbird does it, whatever it is, it's alright.

 She also said that after the nectar she cooks for them is cooled, it immediately goes into the fridge, capped, and there it waits till the hummingbirds  need a refill.  It's best to change the nectar every third day, fourth tops.  Especially when it's hot and it could begin to spoil or grow mold.  Mold is a terrible sickener of hummingbirds.   Clean the feeder at least once a week and don't forget their drinking ports.  They get clogged.   She measured 1 cup of cane sugar and 4 measured cups of water--never honey and never artificial sweetener.  Ever.  You'll sicken them and they may die. Bring to a boil. Take off the heat and allow to cool enough to put in the fridge.  Mommy uses a glass juice jar.

I patrol for them and keep them safe.  Ahem.

Hope you don't mind my annual hummingbird help again.  Mom and I love them so much.

Mom has a thousand more steps to make to meet her goal.  There were too many events where she goes to walk to keep a sustained walk going long.  She will make it I'm sure.



Mom puts these under the feeder for the hummer's added enjoyment.  She took this picture with her phone on yesterday's walkie.

Xo  Meow.








16 comments:

  1. Such pretty flowers! We love watching those little hummers too!

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  2. This was so fascinating to learn about! One day when our mom isn't so busy.... We'd love to have the hummingbird channel on our TV too!

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  3. I'm so glad you have all these tips on feeding humming birds - my human read all about the right way to feed them recently, and she was wondering how many people don't know. So she's happy that with your human's help, a few more people know the right way.

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  4. Our mom bean loves hummingbirds but they don't come to our yard. She says it is because we don't have the right flowers. They do come visit at her brofur bean's house so she goes out there to see them.

    Have a Hoppy Easter!

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  5. Well, considering the hummers drink sugar water, we can understand that their poo is some sticky stuff. What goes in...must come out! :)

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  6. WOW, tell mom that the picture of the violets she took is about the best one ever. It's a pro shot! You are looking very pretty today too sweetie. But then you always look beautiful. Happy Easter to you and mom tomorrow.

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  7. You and your mom sure take good care of those hummers, don't you? I am thrilled that you have them there. We can't get them to come to our house at all. xo Diana

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  8. We love the hummingbird updates and info. We keep several feeders at our house, too. Those hummers are lucky to have such a great protector like you, Katie.
    >>SMOOCHES<<

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  9. It's interesting to hear about the care and feeding (and cleaning up after) of hummers. They are like flying jewels! Beautiful pansies too.
    Happy Easter or whatever you're celebrating this sunny day!
    xxoo
    Maggie, Mickey Mouser and Rufus the Red

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  10. We do this, too! They are precious. UP North, the hummingbirds are very prolific, dozens hover around feeders everywhere. Another reason we love the UP. xo

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  11. Our Gram and Gramps have hummer feeders too. Happy Easter Miss Katie and Mommie!
    Luvs
    Marty and the Gang

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  12. Well now I know what hummingbird poo is like, not that I needed to know but now I do

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  13. MY hubby changes our feeder every other day in the summer and he has a special brush to clean the ports.

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  14. You and your mom are good friends for the hummers, KI. Mom wishes she could be a humming bird for a day or two. Then she could eat nothing but sugar and it would be completely normal. I'm glad you're a good girl around the birds.

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

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  15. Our Mummy also adores hummingbirdies. Sometimes, the little birdies come to her windowboxes and then We rush to catch - I mean, to admire them (mol).

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