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Is it OK to substitute stevia for sugar in hummingbird nectar?

By Amber from southern Ontario, Canada

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April 18, 20110 found this helpful
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I would not do that! The sugar provides calories for energy, and stevia is popular with humans as it is so low calorie. Also, it may not be metabolized safely by the hummers. Stick with ordinary table sugar.

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April 25, 20110 found this helpful
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No! Stevia is a sweetener for couch potatoes who can't resist sweets; it has almost no calorie value for hummingbirds, who work and need energy. Even greener stevia is close to calorie-free.

And yes, avoid the 'safe' food colors. Color the feeder.

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April 25, 20110 found this helpful
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No. What is this latest " let me feed some phony stuff to the hummers. I'd love to fool them"? Hummers need sugar water. Always have, always will. If they have flowers for nectar they prefer them. In the season when they cannot get enough nectar, we help them to survive with sugar water. Please be kind and feed what is needed.

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May 12, 20160 found this helpful

Can you use light brown sugar?

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April 20, 20110 found this helpful

I don't know for sure, but I'd say no. I know honey and other things besides sugar is not safe.

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August 14, 20110 found this helpful

Hello, Yes, Red food coloring is harmful to the hummers. I worked for an avian Veterinarian and they said it would kill them.

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May 23, 20160 found this helpful

No, it isn't. Sweeteners will kill birds. I asked at "Birds Unlimited" and they say only sugar. 4 parts water and 1 part sugar. Bring to a boil and let cool. No red dye. Boiling the water removes the chlorine.

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