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    waynebridges
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    I HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT BROUGHTEN RED NETAR WILL KILL HUMMINGBIRD. IS THIS TRUE?


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    narnian
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    No, probably not, (I don’t know if there has been an actual study done)  but…consider how small a hummer is (they weigh less than an ounce) do you really want to put artificial dyes in their food, especially when it causes so many problems in humans who weigh so much more?…

    It is very simple to make your own nectar…use 4 parts water to one or 2 parts sugar, I shake mine in a jar with lid and store what I don’t use in the refrigerator.

    Remember the ratio is 4:1 (but can be stronger when birds are leaving for migration or just returning)

    * Perhaps our hummingbird expert (Mark aka txhummers) will tell us more.


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    CatsBirds
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    They don’t recommend using anything with dyes in it. I use Narians formula all the time.. I keep a couple cups made up and in the fridge.

    And I do make it a bit stronger the last of September when they start migrating south…


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    CatsBirds
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    Natural nectar is colorless, and adding red dye to a hummingbird nectar recipe is simply adding one more chemical to the birds’ food – a chemical they do not need. Red dye has no nutritional value for the birds, and unofficial studies have not shown hummingbirds to have any significant preference for visiting feeders with red dye when compared to feeders offering clear nectar. Instead, the strength of the sugar solution and the cleanliness of the feeders are more instrumental in the birds’ feeding preferences.

    The key point in deciding whether or not red dye is harmful to hummingbirds is this: there is no conclusive research saying the dye is dangerous to the birds, but there is also no long term research saying it is safe. When making a decision about red dye for nectar, many backyard birders prefer to be cautious and avoid unnecessary and potentially dangerous chemicals.


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    Gayle
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    What is Broughten Red Nectar ?  I make my own but I do put red food coloring in it.


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