Homemade nectar has the risk of deteriorating if rain gets inside the feeder, as does the food in general, therefore it’s crucial that this never happens, despite the relatively modest risks involved.
Sometimes rain will enter a Hummingbird feeder, but if there are no visible leaks, the water should be kept out. Low-quality feeders are at blame since water can easily seep through the cracks between the parts. Because of a lack of vitality, Hummers may suffer if nectar is watered down.
A hummingbird feeder letting in rain water may seem like a far-fetched possibility, but you shouldn’t rule it out too quickly because of the serious dangers it poses.
The nectar kept inside the feeder, which should always begin at the recommended 1 to 4 ratio, risks having its sugar contents fall far below the level they must be if mixed with rain water.
After diluting sugar with water, the resulting nectar no longer provides enough energy for hummers to survive the day.
If you see that nectar is leaking from your hummingbird feeder, you should obtain a new one immediately since rain water might enter the feeder through the small openings.
The underside of a porch or tree cover, for example, can provide adequate protection from precipitation for a hummingbird feeder hung below.
Hummingbirds will still drink nectar from inside feeders even if they get wet from rain, thus bringing the feeder inside every time it rains is not the answer.
Rain can sneak into hummingbird feeders and soak the food and attract unwanted pests.
If it seems like rainwater is constantly filling up the hummingbird feeder, that’s a problem that needs to be fixed whenever it rains.
As long as there are leaks in the feeder’s otherwise watertight connections, rain will find its way inside. It’s unlikely that water will seep in through the joint wells, but any place there are cracks or openings could be a potential entry point.
Rain can seep in cheap feeders
The possibility of rain getting into a hummingbird feeder exists, especially if the feeder in question is a low-quality model or otherwise flawed.
During a rainstorm, water will naturally pool on the feeder and seep into any crevices it may discover.
In areas where water might rush in, such as the joints or connections between different parts, when the gaps are excessively big, water will most likely pool.
The created sugary-water nectar is stored in a glass or plastic reservoir, so it’s unlikely rain water will get in. However, water from the outside can sneak in.
The most likely cause of rain entering into the feeder is the feeder’s warping or expanding, which is common with cheaper feeders constructed of plastic.
It’s not only low-quality feeders that might let water in; even the best feeders may have a weak spot. What’s more important is making sure the nectar in your Hummingbird feeder (or Oriole feeder) doesn’t leak.
Rain gets in, nectar runs out
With a leaking hummingbird feeder, rain water can find its way into the nectar reservoir, diluting the nectar and making it unfit for consumption by the hummingbirds.
If your hummingbird feeder is leaking, it’s likely due to sloppy construction or inadequate tightening.
Wherever drops of rain can be seen falling on the hummingbird feeder, that’s where water can get in.
Let me just state that whether rain water gets inside a hummingbird feeder, or an identical Oriole nectar-filled feeder, it doesn’t matter one bit.
Nectar in hummingbird feeders won’t go bad if it gets a little wet.
Unless the feeder has catastrophic flaws, rain is unlikely to dilute the nectar mix ratio.
If you want to keep the rain out of a vacuum-sealed feeder, you need to find the leak in the nectar and fix it.
Rain water can enter the hummingbird feeder through the same holes through which the nectar escapes.
Diluted nectar possible
I have previously stated that there is minimal possibility that water can degrade nectar if it gets inside a hummingbird feeder.
But if it does, and you think it could if you leave your hummingbird feeder out in the sun, then let’s examine the results.
Since there will be four times as much water as sugar, the sugar content of the mixture will be far lower than called for. The only thing that will happen is that the homemade nectar mix will be too watery.
OK, that might seem good, but keep in mind that if all hummingbirds have to drink is a concoction heavily diluted with rain water, they might not make it.
If hummingbirds don’t get enough of the created nectar, it could negatively affect their health in the long run.
If rain does get into a hummingbird feeder, it might not damage the interior as much as it might the birds. Neither sugar water nor plain water has any effect on a hummingbird feeder.
In order to attract hummingbirds, homemade nectar must have the ideal sugar-to-water ratio of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. Too much sugar can be harmful to a hummer’s liver, while too much water can dilute the nectar and make it ineffective.
A small amount of rain is guaranteed to make its way into every hummingbird feeder, although the risk is minimal.
As rain settles on the hummingbird feeder, it has the ability to seep into the joints connecting the various parts of the feeder. When the joints aren’t properly sealed, water from rain might seep in over time.
The risk of rain water getting into a hummingbird feeder is low if no nectar is visible leaking at any time.
Hummingbirds may take longer to feed if rain collects in the port wells where the nectar is kept, but rainwater will not ruin the nectar or cause any damage to the feeder.
The worst that can happen if rain water gets into the hummingbird feeder is that the prepared nectar mix spoils.
This may seem like a good idea at first, but remember that if the nectar is too watered down, the hummingbirds will be drinking it without realizing that it won’t provide them with enough energy.
The hummers might not get enough of the nectar, which would now be damaged by rain water, and might feel weak later in the day as a result.