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Q: When do I take in my hummingbird feeders for the year?

Q: When do I take in my hummingbird feeders for the year? Someone told me if I didn’t remove the feeders now the hummingbirds would stay around and then die when it gets too cold.

A: October should have been the last time hummingbirds were hovering around the feeders in North Florida. Most birds know instinctively when it is time to migrate to warmer climates. They are very in-tuned with the number of hours a day the sun is shining; therefore you have no reason to worry. In addition, hummingbirds do not totally depend on our feeders for food; the surrounding area provides an abundance of insects and nectar from surrounding flowers. Remove the feeders, clean them thoroughly with warm water and a brush but do not use bleach or soap then store them until next May.