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Does Dye Harm Hummingbirds?

Asked by Lalalime (95points) June 5th, 2009

I don’t put any color in the syrup for my hummingbird feeder, I was told it was unnecessary. They seem to like it just fine, plain. Its the red ‘flower’ looking openings that attract them. My question is, when people do put food coloring in the water does this harm them? I always read about what dye’s do in humans – how much more so for a small bird?

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