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Old Tuesday 13th May 2014, 06:14   #1
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Homemade Hummingbird Nectar

Hello everyone, just a seasonal reminder as feathered jewels work their way back up northward.
Standard 1 part pure white cane sugar to 4 parts water.
Very closely mimics natural nectar in sucrose and in transparent color.
Many other members have provided thoughts on feeder hints that are very helpful, elsewhere in the forum.
Keeping feeders clean is as important as feeding, articles here in BF on that subject also.

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Old Wednesday 14th May 2014, 18:19   #2
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Well put. C&H Sugar - from Hawaii - has a classic mill in Crocket, California. I always highly recommend the sugar. Crocket is fun too..... The town also famous (for at least 5 people) as the home of Aldo Ray - Sergeant Muldoon in 'The Green Berets'. His name is carved on a bar stool there.
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Aldo Ray, Humphrey Bogart, and Peter Ustinov were in arguably
one of the greatest animal flics ever with "We're no Angels".
Sudden cold front here has temps close to high 40's.
Bumped up sugar content in todays refill by about 10%,
cold seems to have turned off insect hatches, with no females in neighborhood yet
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Possibly 100 degrees here today. Temps will fall tomorrow. Freakishly hot in Southern California - hence the fires. I have my summer Anna's and your cousins (Black-chinns) here till' they're joined by Rufous heading south in August.
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What about beet sugar, instead of cane?
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What about beet sugar, instead of cane?
Essentially the same, both sucrose. I've never used it. Since the 80's when I first started feeding, it was using white cane sugar at the 1:4, sugar/water ratio. That was drilled into my head, so it's force of habit. Continually seeing the same recommendations for 30 odd years, has myself reluctant to change.

Suppose for sake of argument that the cane product requiring less
processing, is a product closer to natural nectar, versus beet sugar.
Purely aesthetics, though. (I'll be "beet" to death on that)
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