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Re: Hummingbird food

>I've read that people should put "a little extra" sugar in the hummingbird
>water in the fall to give the birds extra energy for their flight south.
>I've always fed 1/4 cup sugar to a cup of water.  I think that too much
>sugar could hurt them, so I hesitate to take that advice.
>Thanks for any comment you may have,
>Lucille Lentz
>Richmond County, NC
>In the Sandhills


Any "extra sugar" would be burned up almost immediately. What hummers 
need in fall is protein and lots of fat, both of which they get by 
eating large numbers of tiny insects and spiders.

Save money on your sugar and keep it at 4:1.  :-)



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