Kennedy Style Hummingbird Feeder Filling, Care and Maintenance

 Our innovative patented design was created to simplify your birding experience and add some beauty and art to your patio or deck. Our feeder is very unique compared to what is on the market and much simpler once you know how it works. I wanted to bring the birds in closer to the patio area while addressing some of the problems of the feeders on the market. The first issue I wanted to fix was the dripping mess that attracts bugs and discolors your patio or deck. Another difficulty of other feeders is having to take it down for refilling,which included a step ladder for my Mom. Cleaning your feeder was the last task, I wanted to make it as simple as possible. With all that in mind I came up with what you see today, the original one piece drip-less hummingbird feeder. The Kennedy Feeder

To fill the feeder - You simply tilt it back while it is hanging and pour your homemade nectar (no coloring needed) in the flower shaped opening (funnel) about halfway up, when you let the feeder hang your nectar level should come up to the bottom of the flower, your feeder will hold approx. a cup of nectar. I know a cup of nectar doesn’t sound like much for those of you with a lot of birds but our feeders don’t drip (unless you over fill it) and extremely easy to top off. We were very surprised when we saw how much nectar was lost in the dripping process,the amount would depend on your feeder model,climate and direct sunlight (ours LOVE sunlight). Too much nectar will ferment or turn stagnant with time and you want your nectar as pure as possible to keep your birds healthy,happy and coming back.

To clean your feeder- Cleaning is as simple as a tap water rinse out ! Take it down and empty any remaining nectar,run warm(not hot) tap water into the flower opening(don’t burn yourself!),1/2 a cup should do it, cover both holes with fingers(thumb over flower & fingers around bottom) and gently shake,drain it ,hang it and fill it !

Every yard has it’s own little eco-system going on, climates with higher humidity will have more molds than the desert climates. Our feeder allows fresh air to flow in and out of  the feeder and everybody who has ever dealt with mold knows,better air flow means less mold.

Start by cleaning your feeder after 3-5 days or as usual , “investigate” the freshness of the nectar to see if it’s “slimy”, starting to smell like “wine” and other obvious signs of tainted nectar. If your nectar is still fresh then next time wait 5-7 days and so on until you find the maximum “window of freshness”. It usually takes about 3-4 cleanings and then you’ll have it down to an art. In dryer climates the birds tend to finish the nectar long before the “window of freshness” closes, so all you have to do is top it off and rinse it as needed.

** Any neglected feeder WILL get funky! If you go on vacation or not able to take care of your feeders, take them down and rinse them out and dry. A lot less frustration for you when you get backthat is how I found out about cleaning black mold.

For “deep” cleaning- If you have some “funk” in your feeder you can use a couple different methods:

Salt & Wht. Vinegar- Drain your feeder and pour some salt in either hole of your feeder ( let dry if salt clumps up), add about a 1/4 cup of  wht. vinegar, cover both holes with your fingers and gently shake.(use your thumb for flower hole w/ hand across the bottom) Vinegar is a mild acid and “food” , bleach leaves chemical residue,we DO NOT recommend using it. Rinse thoroughly, hang it and fill it.

Salt & rubbing alcohol- Same procedure as with wht. vinegar . Be sure to follow all safety precautions handling the alcohol!!  You can place your feeder w/ alcohol in airtight container and let sit over night for hard spots.Alcohol will also sanitize and evaporate “clean”,leaving no chemical residue. Rinse thoroughly, hang it and fill it.

Denture tabs- Use a plastic container ,quart size yogurt works good , add feeder, water and denture tab. Follow instructions on box for denture tabs. Rinse thoroughly, hang it and fill it.

Bugs and Debris-The dripping process attracts bugs and ours do not drip- If anything got into your feeder it got in through the vent hole and can be easily gotten out by blowing into the flower. If a bug is in the flower blow through the vent hole and it will pop right out.(don’t have a buddy looking down the hole to see if its coming clean,that wet soggy bug really freaks people out when it hits them in the face) A standard size bendable straw can be used for the flower, it is much easier to wipe it clean and just blow in it.Use caution with the straw,the flower stem is fragile.

**Use only as directed**