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Old Wednesday 11th September 2019, 02:33   #1
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Growth on Hummer's Beak

HELP!!! do you know if this little guy has an injury, fungal infection or avian pox virus. I see and take photos of the feeding hummers a couple of times a week and just noticed it.

I clean and make new nectar every 4 days.

I immediately removed the feeder just in case it's contagious. He seems to be feeding fine and I hate to not feed if he needs the food, but worried about the other hummers.
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Old Wednesday 11th September 2019, 12:12   #2
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Hi meaness and welcome to BirdForum from the entire staff

If you don't have a spare feeder that you can interchange with the existing one, I would suggest you soak your existing feeder in some bleach and water and give the holes a good brushing. That should wipe out any virus or fungus that might be existing and rinse it well in water after the soaking.

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Old Wednesday 11th September 2019, 16:44   #3
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Thank you!

So you think I can put out the feeder after cleaning with bleach and other hummingbirds will be safe to also use the feeder? I was just worried about spreading whatever this little bird has.

I really appreciate your reply....thx!!
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Old Wednesday 11th September 2019, 19:10   #4
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Is it perhaps a tick? If so it will eventually fall off. Birds often pick up ticks around the bill.
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Thank you Jon... hopefully it's something like that. I'll wait a couple of days before I put my feeder out and check the status of his bump.
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I had a ruby throat about a week ago with a tiny growth near the tip of the bill, approx. 1/8 inch dia. and about 1/4 inch from the tip. She only fed at the feeders with an opening large enough to accommodate her. I haven't seen her this week, I presume she is heading South.
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Hopefully she can continue to feed.
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