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Songbird Essentials SE629 Clear Hummingbird Nectar, 24 Ounce

Made with 100 percent finely ground sucrose the sugar that most closely simulates the nectar from flowers. Quickly and easily mixes in cold or warm water saves time and trouble.

Product Features

  • Clear hummingbird nectar
  • Made with 100 percent finely ground sucrose
  • The sugar that most closely simulates the nectar from flowers
  • Quickly and easily mixes in cold or warm water
  • Saves time and trouble

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  1. Jonathan D. says:

    It’s Better to Boil Your Sugar Water Mixture I bought this product because the manufacturer claims it is made with fine sucrose, requiring no boiling of the water it is mixed with. This led me to believe that the mixed solution could stay fresh as long as a boiled sugar water mixture, but that’s not true. Sucrose is just another name for sugar, and this sugar appears to be the same as any table sugar you buy at the store. There are claims by bird enthusiasts on the internet that mixtures made with extra fine sugar (a.k.a. bakers’ sugar) resist mold better than those made with regular table sugar, but I did an experiment (using purified water), and found this to be false as well. I also proved to myself that the boiling step will extend the freshness of the sugar water mixture by a couple of days. Several of the five star reviews of this product mention that hummers drain their feeders in just 2 or 3 days. If that’s your situation, boiling is in fact unnecessary, but not because of the sugar you use. What I like about this product is both that it makes a clear solution (no artificial harmful dyes), and that a handy measuring scoop and directions on the resealable canister are provided to prepare a mixture that is precisely 4:1 water to sugar, which is what many experts believe is ideal for hummingbird food. I also like the attractive hummingbird picture on the label — hey, that’s worth something. Many of the commercial mixes sold actually produce a mix that is more like 5:1, which might cause hummers to drink more, but less frequently, as most flower nectars in nature offer a higher sucrose concentration. I say, buy this product if you really can’t be bothered with boiling, or have lots of hummingbirds, and don’t care about the higher cost of prepared mixes. Otherwise, save your $$, buy plain old white granulated sugar from the store (you could fill up this canister for under $3), and boil your own mixture! Since I don’t have that many hummingbirds visiting my neck of the woods, and I need to save some cash, that’s precisely what I’m going to do.

  2. Kit Sam "Kit Sam" says:

    Best success I have the best success with this clear hummingbird nectar. I cannot find it in any local stores. The local stores only sell red nectar, and my neighborhood hummers do not like it as well as this clear formula. Usually one can lasts me most of the season April through September (re-filling 2 1/2 feeders every weekend).

  3. Ethan A. Winning "ewin64" says:

    Hummers Love This Stuff! I put up our new feeder yesterday, and within hours we had 3-5 hummers visiting. Today, they were back almost the whole day long. And a month later, we’re refilling the feeder (10 ounces) every two days!This nectar is affordable … I think. I haven’t worked out what a plain sugar and water solution would cost which is what I used to use in our old feeder. Now that the 5 pound bag of sugar has been replaced by a 4 pound (have you noticed?), this may well be a good value. But it’s worth every penny to watch 12 hours of hummingbird antics around the feeder.I do wish that Songbird Essentials would have put the measurements with their scoop for a 10 ounce feeder. I never learned metrics, and I’m not a math whiz, but when my wife couldn’t figure out that it was 1.75 measures for 10 ounces, I decided to note it here. The container gives examples of 8, 12, and 16 ounce, and here we are 1ith 10. Eight years of college down the drain.P.S. I just ordered two more.Feb. 16, 2012: We’ve had no winter this year and for some reason, the hummers disappeared in early January. If this happens to you, don’t take down the feeder. You can safely leave the “nectar” in the feeder for a couple of weeks – especially if it’s in the shade. And now the hummers are back in full force. I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t mate early this year. If so, they’ll need all the food they can find. The three males that were fighting this morning certainly needed a good lunch when they were done.

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