How to Repair a Hummingbird Feeder

Over the years, more and more people have developed a fascination for hummingbirds. They are adorable, delicate animals who constantly need to replenish their fuel by eating and drinking. If you already have a hummingbird feeder, chances are it will soon become broken due to various factors. The most common problem hummingbird feeders experience is leaking complications. Since they are in an inverted position, they are highly prone to leaking issues because of the physics involved in its setup. Today, let’s discuss about how to repair a hummingbird feeder which will help you ensure their longevity.

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Repair a Feeder

KEEP THE FEEDER FULL AT ALL TIMES

The most common reason why dripping occurs is because there isn’t enough liquid inside the feeder. Hummingbird feeders are highly dependent on pressure and gravity to work. It is always recommended to keep the feeder full to avoid leaking problems. Always ensure that you’re filling the feeder to its maximum capacity. There shouldn’t be any air that could pass through the glass. By doing this, your feeder will be able to create the vacuum it needs to operate smoothly. The difference in air pressure and the liquid’s weight will help the feeder function properly. Make it a habit to refill the hummingbird feeder completely to its maximum capacity each time it needs replenishment. Doing this will allow you to prevent leakages and other problems.

PROTECT THE FEEDER FROM WIND & HEAT

When your hummingbird feeder is exposed to wind and heat, it will have a negative effect on its functionality. When the sun’s harmful rays heat up the liquid, it increases the air pressure inside the feeder. As a result, leakages start to occur. Always ensure that you’re filling the feeder with cooler nectar fluid in the morning. Then, hang it somewhere in your garden where it will be able to receive sufficient shade. This will help protect it from the sun’s hot rays. Similarly, strong winds may also damage your hummingbird feeder. Because of the shaking and tossing motions, your feeder may be prone to leakage. It’s always best to hang your feeder at a place where it doesn’t get too hot or too windy.

CHECK THE FEEDER FOR ANY DAMAGES

Another main cause of leakage is damage on the hummingbird feeder itself. The stopper may be split, deteriorated or torn which usually happens around the hole of the tube. The good thing is that you can easily purchase replacements for damaged spouts. When there is a crack or chip at the neck or rim of the feeder, it will also cause leakages. In this scenario, your hummingbird feeder will need a replacement since it will be very difficult to mend a crack on the glass bottle. A great way to ensure that your feeder is kept at optimum condition is by cleaning it regularly. This can be done by removing the stopper and tube. Then, thoroughly cleanse the bottle with warm water. Avoid using soap since it may interfere with surface tension and eventually contaminate the nectar. Use a pipe cleaner to rinse the feeder thoroughly which will allow a smooth flow of liquid.

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