Frequently Asked Questions
Perky-Pet Nectar Cans
What does it mean if my Perky-Pet® Red Hummingbird Nectar in a Can is fading?
Do Perky-Pet® Hummingbird Nectar Cans use artificial coloring?
More Birds Nectar Pods
How long can Nectar Pods be left out after the pod has been opened / placed outside?
Do More Birds® Refill Nectar Pods (#731) include additional ports or do they only come with the More Birds® Nectar Pods hummingbird feeders (#436 and #438)?
What criteria should I use when selecting a hummingbird feeder?
Answers to the Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the shelf life of Perky-Pet® Nectar Cans?
A: Perky-Pet® Nectar Cans last for up to two years unrefrigerated prior to being opened. Once opened, transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate.
Q: Can leftover nectar be stored in the original can?
A: Leftover nectar should be transferred to an airtight container and placed in the refrigerator after opening. However, the cans are intended as single use.
Q: How long can Perky-Pet® Nectar Cans be stored open?
A: Perky-Pet® Nectar Cans are intended to be single use. However, if you do have leftover nectar, they can be sealed and stored in the fridge for up to one month.
Q: What does it mean if my Perky-Pet® Red Hummingbird Nectar in a Can is fading?
A: Perky-Pet® Red Hummingbird Nectar uses an all-natural color formula, which may fade over an extended period. If you’ve noticed the color fading since you’ve filled your feeder, this is an indication that too much time has passed, and the nectar should be refreshed. All hummingbird feeders should be cleaned and refilled at least once per week, and more often in hot weather.
Q: Do Perky-Pet® Hummingbird Nectar Cans use artificial coloring?
A: No. Perky-Pet® Hummingbird Nectar Cans contains no red dye #40. The all-natural red coloring is derived from fruits and vegetables.
More Birds Nectar Pods
Q: What is the shelf life of More Birds® Nectar Pods?
A: More Birds® Nectar Pods last for up to two years unrefrigerated prior to being opened. Place in airtight container and refrigerate after opening if not serving right away.
Q: How long can Nectar Pods be left out after the pod has been opened / placed outside?
A: More Birds® Nectar Pods can last outside for up to 2 weeks depending on the weather. Replace pods more often in hot weather. If not empty, we recommend weekly replacement as a rule of thumb to prevent spoilage.
Q: Do More Birds® Refill Nectar Pods (#731) include additional ports or do they only come with the More Birds® Nectar Pods hummingbird feeders (#436 and #438)?
A: Yes, five reusable flower ports are included with the Refill Nectar Pods.
Q: Do More Birds® Nectar Pods use artificial coloring?
A: More Birds® Nectar Pods use all-natural red coloring derived from fruits and vegetables.
Q: What criteria should I use when selecting a hummingbird feeder?
A: Make sure it is one that will be easy to clean and fill, especially since you will need to clean the feeder each week.
If you are worried about bees and wasps or ants invading the feeder, purchase a hummingbird feeder with bee guards or ant guards.
There are many decorative hummingbird feeders on the market. We offer a wide variety of hummingbird feeders to suit your preferences.
Q: My Top Fill Feeder is leaking – what should I do?
A: Here are a few things to review before filling the feeder:
- Check to make sure the base compartments are securely tightened
- Push container into base to close ports to prevent leakage
- Unscrew to cap to fill with nectar
- Screw cap back on securely to form an airtight seal. Please note: if the cap does not fit securely on to the feeder and you see a gap between the cap and the feeder, the seal may be the issue. Please contact our Consumer Care Department at 1.800.800.1819 or email@example.com to request a new outer ring for you cap
- To replace the outer ring, push firmly on the center of the cap to pop out the middle
- Replace with new outer ring
- We recommend keeping the feeder in the closed position until you get to the spot where you want to hang it
- To open nectar reservoir - hold base with one hand and pull up on the container with the other to open ports for feeding
- Your feeder is now ready
Q: Where is the best place to hang my new hummingbird feeder?
A: Place your hummingbird feeder away from sun and wind. The sun may cause the mixture to turn bad and the wind may swing the feeder around, causing the mixture to spill.
Q: How do I attract hummingbirds to my feeder?
A: Hummingbirds will find your nectar feeder, although there are some steps you can take to help the tiny birds find it sooner. Tying a red ribbon on the feeder wire or pole will help them locate it.
Some enthusiasts prefer to use red nectar, although hummingbirds will also find the clear nectar in hummingbird feeders.
Another "tried and true" method is to plant flowers that attract hummingbirds adjacent to the feeder area.
Placing a birdbath in your yard near the feeder may help to attract them, after which they may also then find the nectar in the feeder.
Q: How do I clean my hummingbird feeders?
A: Hummingbird feeders really need to be cleaned every week.
Use a mild soap and water solution and a bottle brush to easily clean your feeders.
The Perky-Pet® cleaning mop is specially designed for this purpose and very convenient to use.
This cleaning mop can also be used on your oriole feeders, too!
A: Birdscaping: A common term used to describe creating the ideal environment to entice and support hummingbirds in your yard. Several key elements are as follows:
- Trees, shrubs and flowers provide a perching area, shelter and food.
- Water is a necessary element that is attractive to all birds. Providing a bird bath could be as simple as turning over the clean lid to a trash can and filling it with water.
- Feeders that provide easy access to nectar and keep pests away are ideal for attracting hummingbirds.
- Certain flowers’ nectars are also an attractant for hummingbirds.
Q: Are Hummingbirds Really Attracted to Red?
A: Hummingbirds have color vision that surpasses humans and even extends into the UV range. They see all colors well. Much of nature is green, due to vegetation.
The color that contrasts most with green is red, so it's no coincidence that many hummingbird-pollinated flowers are red or orange; they are the easiest to see and attract hummingbirds the fastest.
However, hummingbirds are very curious creatures that are constantly exploring their environment for food sources that satisfy their high-energy needs. Thus, they often "stumble upon" non-red flowers that have good nectar loads and will return to those flowers as long as nectar is available.
If you have an established location where hummingbirds are known to feed, your feeder does not have to contain the red color; because of their curiosity, hummingbirds will track down a food source, regardless of color.
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