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July 31, 2013


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Shirley, no need to. The 4-to-1 water to sugar ratio is good at all times of year.

Shirley Good

do i put more sugar in when they are leaving?

The Zen Birdfeeder

Greg, I LOVE to hear great anecdotal evidence just like this in support of clear nectar. I'm so glad you shared! Thanks for being an active supporter of NO RED NECTAR!

Greg Peet - Portage MI

We have used 4/1 water/sugar mixture for several years. Recently we bought a bottle of red mixture to use while our kitchen was being remodeled, when we couldn't get in to make our own mixture. Bird activity stopped. They wouldn't drink it. It sat untouched for several days until we again had access to our kitchen and could make our own 4/1 mixture again. Thankfully the hummers came back.

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