Make Your Own Hummingbird Nectar

Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

Ingredients

1 part sugar/4 parts water

Directions

  1. Boil water in pan
  2. Add sugar and cook until sugar dissolves. 
  3. Cool before filling feeder.
  4. Store extra in refrigerator until ready to use.

Tips:

  • Do not add artificial food coloring as it can cause harm to hummingbirds. However, I just learned that a few drops of natural food coloring (made from beets and found in your local health food store) is fine.
  •  Do not use honey (which ferments), or artificial sweetener, which has no nutritional value 


 Cleaning Tip:

  • So the solution doesn’t ferment, change the hummingbird nectar every 3-5 days, and every 2 days in hot weather (over 70º).  If the nectar turns cloudy or smells sour, then it is past time to change.
  •  You will need to thoroughly  clean your feeder about once a week. According to the National Audubon Society, this should be done by
    • Rinsing with one part white vinegar to four parts water.
    • Scrub with brush.  
    • If the feeder is  very dirty, try adding a few grains of dry rice to the vinegar solution to help scrub it clean.
    • Follow the vinegar wash by rinsing three times with clear, warm water before refilling with sugar solution.
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