Nectar Nourisher - Base

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Want to create an upcycled feeder of your own? This Nectar Nourisher base can be used with any glass or plastic bottle that has standard thread and placed on a feeding table or tray. When filled with sugar or nectar water it will attract nectar feeding birds such as Tui, waxeyes and bellbirds.
3-D printed from a bioplastic, the red colour mimics the type of native flora attractive to NZ birds, like flax flowers, rāta and pohutukawa blooms. The bioplastic is made from renewable plant-based resources such corn starch and sugar cane and is commercially compostable once it comes to the end of its life.
Do not submerge in hot water for extended periods of time or wash in a dishwasher.


FAQs

Does nectar in bird feeders go stale or ferment?

Yes it does. While we humans are partial to the odd fermented beverage, old sugar water or nectar is not good for birds. Leftover nectar or sugar water should be drained from the feeder after 2 - 3 days, and the feeder should be thoroughly cleaned to prevent bacterial growth.

Should I use white or brown sugar for feeding native birds?

We recommend white or raw sugar. There is no scientific consensus that brown sugar offers benefits over and above white sugar, and equally, there’s no evidence it does any harm. We use raw sugar in our Wild Bird Nectar because it’s minimally processed and provides the golden colour that we know helps birds to locate a food source.

What ratio of sugar to water should I use in my nectar feeder?

Manaaki Whenua and other researchers recommend a sugar concentration of around 20% (one cup of sugar per litre of water) This mimics the sugar concentration of natural plant nectar consumed by New Zealand nectar-sipping birds. 

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