Make Your Own Hummingbird Nectar

Hummingbird Nectar Recipe


1 part sugar/4 parts water


  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.


  • 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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