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Perky-Pet 238 Hummingbird Nectar, 32-Ounce Concentrate

hummingbird nectar, 32-ounce concentrateThe Hummingbird Nectar comes in an economical concentrate that makes delicious nectar the hummingbird will love

Product Features

  • 32-Ounce bottle
  • 100-Percent Sucrose
  • Makes up to 5 quarts of red nectar
  • Mix with water
  • Keeping your feeder clean and full of fresh hummingbird nectar is very important to the health of visiting hummingbirds

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  1. J. W. Kennedy "kennedy610" says:

    Why the dye? Don’t buy this! There is no reason for the manufacturer to put red food coloring into this mix. There are numerous concerns about the effect on hummingbirds. This is reason enough to not buy this product. Buy a product without the dye.Better yet, just buy sugar. Use 4 parts water and 1 part sugar. Boil the water first and then add the sugar until dissolved. You will save money and perhaps a hummingbird’s life doing this versus buying dye tainted food. Hummingbird food is only sugar with coloring.CAUTION. DO NOT use artificial sweeteners or honey, use only sugar. Honey and sugar substitutes will malnourish and quickly kill hummingbirds. Sugar Only!

  2. hazeleyes "3923ntt" says:

    Perky Pet hummingbird nectar I’ve done further research regarding humminbird diet and have removed my previous review of Perky Pet hummingbird nectar. I don’t think Perky Pet product does any harm to hummers and it’s better than no supplementary feeding at all (supplementary feeding gives hummers the energy they need to hunt for bugs which are their main diet) but have found articles that do settle the concerns I had about table sugar. The article is appended below. Thanks for comment and corrections.[…]Hummingbird FeedersHummingbirds get the energy they need to maintain their astonishing metabolism primarily from flower nectar and the sugar water they find at feeders (here’s the recipe). For protein and other nutrients, they also eat soft-bodied insects and spiders; I like Bob Sargent’s perspective: “Hummers need nectar to power the bug eating machine that they are.” Think of them as miniature flycatchers, and sugar is just the fuel for getting their real nourishment. You might try setting out some overripe fruit–banana peels are good–to attract flies for your hummers. If you have developed a particularly entertaining method of providing bugs for their dining pleasure, I’d be more than happy to publish it here. 🙂 Meanwhile, let’s talk about nectar feeders, some of which are reviewed on another page.A Little History…The device pictured at left is an example of the first commercially-available hummingbird feeder. It was designed by Laurence J. Webster of Boston for his wife, who had read a 1928 National Geographic story about feeding hummers from small glass bottles. Sometime between 1929 and 1935, Webster had his design produced by an MIT lab glassblower (possibly James Ryan). In 1947, National Geographic ran an article by Harold Edgerton about his newly-invented strobe flash, which included photos of hummingbirds at Webster’s feeder. Interest was aroused, and in 1950 the Webster feeder was offered for sale by the Audubon Novelty Company of Medina, NY.Choosing a FeederThere are many imaginatively-styled hummingbird feeders available today, and they’re sold in stores ranging from birding shops and garden centers to discount marts, as well as by mail order. Most feeders are made of plastic, glass, and/or ceramics. Since feeders are much too recent a development for hummingbirds to recognize instinctively as food sources, they must learn to use them, which they do from watching other hummers and though their own natural inquisitiveness. If your birds seem to prefer one style feeder over another, it’s probably a simple matter of familiarity. If you change feeders, they may not feed immediately from the new one, but they will adapt; it may help to hang the old feeder, empty, next to the new one.Any feeder can attract hummers, so perhaps the most important design feature to look for is ease of disassembly and cleaning. In this respect, the basin-style feeders are much, much better than the inverted-bottle types. I recommend the HummZinger and similar well-designed basin feeders for their ruggedness as well as their ease of maintenance. Hummingbirds will come to any feeder that holds fresh syrup, so you might as well buy one that’s easy for you to keep up – if it’s easy, you’re more likely to do it faithfully, and that’s important.Should you buy a feeder with perches? Many photographers prefer not to use perches, because they can get better pictures of hovering birds. But hummers live at the edges of their energy envelopes, and perching saves a lot of calories. Consider that when hummingbirds feed from natural flowers, they spend very little time at any one blossom; on the other hand, they may drink from one feeder port until they are satiated, and hovering is considerably more tiring to them than normal flight. Give them a break, and provide a place for them to rest. After all, many hummingbirds spend around 80% of their time perching anyway, on twigs and leaf stems.This is not an endorsement, but in response to several requests, here’s the address for Perky-Pet Products, the manufacturer of several popular feeder models:Perky-Pet Products2201 S. Wabash StreetDenver, CO 80231[…]I do not manufacture or sell feeders, or anything else for that matter, so please don’t write me to complain if your feeder breaks. Write the manufacturer or see your local dealer.Location, Location, LocationWhere to hang your feeder? A new one may be found sooner if hung over or near a garden of hummingbird plants. My feeders are near windows, where I can watch and enjoy them: one is in a living room window, another outside the kitchen, and a third hangs a foot or so from my office window.Some people feel that a hummingbird feeder should not be placed close to a window unless there’s a drawn curtain or blind behind it, to avoid injury from striking the glass. Other ways to alert birds that…

  3. TXFireFighter "Mark" says:

    Wish I Had Researched First… I purchased this “nectar” concentrate at Home Depot when I bought my . This concentrate is easy-to-use, which is what attracted me to it, in addition to the notion that red-dyed nectar was okay to use. I made about 8 or 10 ounces of it for my feeder. Only after-the-fact did I do some personal research on red-dyed nectar and found out that it may harm the very birds that I wanted to attract.Although no in-depth research has been done on FD&C Red Dye #40 in hummingbirds, the results from human and mice testing gave me cause for concern…and I immediately took the feeder down and dumped what liquid remained in the feeder. Dye-free nectar is available in stores (although hard to find in the immediate-use or easy-to-use nectar concentrate versions), but it is also very easy to make at home with a 4:1 ratio of water & sugar. The use of red dye in artificial nectar is both unnatural and unnecessary. Flower nectar is clear in color, and the red color on your feeder is enough to attract hummers. If you are really worried about hummingbirds not finding your feeder, you can tie a 12″ piece of red flagging/surveyor tape somewhere on your feeder.When I contacted Perky-Pet about the red dye, they gave a canned response that I had seen posted (verbatim) online in 1997. Still looking for my receipt so I can return the unused portion to the store…

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