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To Feed Or Not To Feed

by Patricia
(Sparrowbush, NY)

To Feed or Not to Feed - That is the Question!

We have been feeding the hummers for years at our rural location.

They tend to be fairly prolific at our feeders from the beginning of May on.

We are in a situation at the moment wherein we may or may not be moving this summer.

I am unsure whether it is advisable to simply leave our feeders in storage or to feed them as long as we can knowing that we may have to stop abruptly.

Hi Patricia

Thank you for asking!

This is a problem that many people face.

The fact is that all wild birds regardless of what we feed them have developed a number of feeding stations that they visit daily.

Our feeders are always just one feeding station in many.

Since you have been feeding Hummingbirds at your home for years, they will be looking for it when they return anyway.

You can continue your regular routine of feeding them.

Then, if you must leave and have the opportunity, you could take the feeders in for a few hours each day, making the time longer that they are not available as the days progress.

Even if it is only for a few days it will give them the idea that things are changing and this feeding station is not always available.

The only time stopping to feed birds abruptly would be harmful to birds would be in the winter when food is covered by heavy snow and ice and natural sources are not available.

Wild birds almost always supplement their diet with the bird food we supply and almost never use it as their main source.

I hope this helps and all the best in your move, if it should happen!

Happy birding!


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