How You Can Help Hummingbirds in Extremely Hot Weather 

Put fresh water in shallow dishes or bird baths in your garden. Besides drinking, hummingbirds require water to bathe and chill their feathers.  

Provide Fresh Water 

To protect hummingbird feeders from direct sunlight during the warmest portions of the day, hang small umbrellas or give shade. You can also plant trees and shrubs for shade and shelter.  

Shade and Shelter 

Hummingbirds can cool off in your yard using misters or moderate sprinklers. Keep water droplets tiny so birds can enjoy them without becoming soaked.  

Mist and Sprinklers 

In hot weather, clean and refill hummingbird feeders every 1-2 days to prevent bacteria and mould formation. To prevent ants from eating nectar, use feeders with ant moats.  

Regular Feeder Maintenance 

Plant nectar-rich summer blooms in your garden together with nectar feeders. The natural food sources help hummingbirds survive hot conditions.  

Provide Natural Food Sources 

Avoid red dye in homemade nectar to protect hummingbirds. Keep it simple with four parts water to one part sugar, which roughly resembles their natural nectar.  

Avoid Red Dye 

Avoid insecticides and herbicides in your yard, which can harm hummingbirds and the insects they eat.  

Reduce Pesticide Use

Watch your local hummingbirds and modify your feeding and watering accordingly. Your feeders may be struggling in the heat if they're visiting less.  

Monitor Hummingbird Activity 

Are Hummingbirds Territorial at Feeders and Flowers? 

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