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Perky-Pet 230  Original Instant 8-Ounce Hummingbird Nectar
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2000
Red dye has never been scientifically tested for safety as a hummingbird food supplement, and while its health effects on birds are unproven, red dye is suspected by licensed rehabilitators of causing cancer in hummingbirds. Further, in preference tests, hummingbirds consistently choose plain sugar syrup (one part cane sugar to four parts water, nothing else added) over packaged mixes or homemade syrup containing dye, presumably because the dye tastes wrong to them. They also do not like beet sugar.
If hummingbirds seem to prefer this mix over plain sugar water, it's probably because the sugar water has fermented--it must be changed and the feeder cleaned as soon as it starts getting cloudy--and the fresh mix is the lesser of two evils. Many, many people report getting several times more hummingbirds after switching from this mix to plain sugar water.
A 1:4 sugar water syrup is nearly identical to natural flower nectars from plants that hummingbirds use. The contents of Perky-Pet's mix are not listed, since none of the protective government regulations apply to animal food, but analyses of the mix usually show a host of bacteria and other contaminants, presumably from unregulated and unsanitary handling practices. Sugar is cheap--why take a chance on the health of your hummingbirds?
I would rate this product with negative stars if it were possible.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2000
"Artificial nectar" mixes such as this are NOT recommended by hummingbird experts. They contain dyes and preservatives, chemicals that are not found in natural flower nectar and may have long-term effects on the birds' health. The red dye is not necessary to attract the birds (the bright color of the feeder will do that) and may have an unpleasant taste. Tests have shown that, when offered a choice, hummingbirds favor plain sugar water over dyed solutions. Any added "nutrients" are present in such small quantities as to be useless to the birds, which fill all their major nutritional needs by eating insects and other invertebrates. Also, there is nothing in these mixes to justify the price, which is 5 to 8 times the cost of ordinary white sugar (which is actually sucrose, the natural sugar hummingbirds prefer above all others). A simple solution of 4 parts water to 1 part sugar is convenient, inexpensive, and much more natural for the birds.
Sheri Williamson, author of "Attracting and Feeding Hummingbirds"
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2000
This product is an overpriced box of sugar and food coloring. The same effect can be achieved cheaper by using 1 part sugar to 4 parts water and not using red food coloring. Hummingbirds will be sufficiently attracted to the feeder without the food coloring.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2000
i love the perky pet feeders, they're my faves, but the nectar is a waste. i can mix 25% sugar to 75% water and get a cheaper, easier mix, without additives. do it yourself--cheaper and better for the birds.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2000
I have used this brand for a long time now and the Hummingbirds will drain a 2 cup feeder in less than 2 weeks. They love it!
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2003
I have 5 hummingbird feeders around my home, three on the back deck. In one feeder I put homemade sugar solution, in the other 2 I used the Instant Nectar. The only thing the Nectar attracted was ants. The hummingbirds consumed the sugar solution readily, so much so I had to refill the containers multiple times over the season, and left the Nectar untouched.
Well, to be fair not only ants enjoyed the Nectar. There were some wasps which seemed to be drawn to it, too.
Bottom line: unless you are aiming at observing ants and wasps, avoid the Nectar and just cook up some sugar water in your microwave.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 4, 2000
This is great nectar. It mixes smoothly, and forms a nice bright, attractive liquid that does a good job atracting hummingbirds. The powder comes in a heavy plastic bag that is good for closing it up between feedings.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2007
Feeding them sugar and water may be insufficient. One manufacturer of nectar says that such food does not contain the vitamins, minerals and liquid organic compounds necessary for hummingbird diets. Good intentions and enjoyment derived from feeding the simple nectar may be shortening the life-span of the birds.

If anyone knows more about this, please post a review, thanks. Tgrnry
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2003
This product is colored sugar and is overpriced. Just mix 1 part white sugar and 4 parts water, boil for a few minutes. It costs 10 times less and is healthier for the birds. THEY DO NOT need red color in their nectar. I have six feeders on my yard and I attract dozens of birds with just sugar water.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 28, 2000
Since we moved into our new house in Houston, we have been trying to see hummingbirds. Our first attempts were sort of successful. Last week we purchased 4 Perky Pets feeders (the 8 oz plastic variety), and by watching the birds; their territorial actions, and positioning and re-postioning, I think we have an optimum solution to plaing the feeders. That being said, we can now compare the two diferent foods. The P-P Instant Nectar - mixed with filtered water (our fawcett water in Houston tastes of chlorinated salt) wins the Hummingbird feed stakes hands down. They really do enjoy the Instant Nectar filled feeders. For those of you not familiar with Hummies - I was not only 6 weeks ago - do not expect harmony. They will chase any itinerant hummie from their treasure trove of this stuff. Buy more feeders, and make sure each is out of sight of the others.
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