Make Your Own Hummingbird Nectar
Hummingbird Nectar Recipe
1 part sugar/4 parts water
- Boil water in pan
- Add sugar and cook until sugar dissolves.
- Cool before filling feeder.
- Store extra in refrigerator until ready to use.
- 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
- 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.