My sister sent me the sugar shaker device so that I can easily and accurately mix the proper amount of water and sugar to feed these beautiful tiny birds, I love them! This is a sticky job that needs to be done in a sink or tub, otherwise, your hands get really sticky.
I recommend using a bucket to move the feeder into the house and back because this sugar water actually leaves a slightly dark stain on pavements! It’s currently 106 degrees and I actually worked up a sweat refilling the feeder and hand-scrubbing one of the birdbaths out.
They get some nasty marine growth in just three days so it needs a drain and scrub every third day. Yuck. I use the Reverse Osmosis water for the feeders now instead of the city tap water which smells like chlorine!