Easy recipe to make Homemade Hummingbird Nectar or sugar water that will definitely keep the hummingbirds coming to your feeders all season long.
How to Make Hummingbird Food – Sugar Water Nectar
If you want to attract hummingbirds to your yard this summer, then you’ll definitely want to provide them not only with a garden full of attractive flowers but also feeders full of this homemade hummingbird nectar.
Hummingbird nectar isn’t something you make and forget. It’s important that you change it out every day or every other day to avoid spoilage.
Remember: Don’t forget to clean your hummingbird feeders before refilling.
The usual ratio for hummingbird nectar is 1:4: meaning one cup of sugar to four cups of water.
And, depending upon the size and volume of your hummingbird feeder, you will have to adjust the proportions accordingly.
The best sugar for hummingbirds is granulated sugar (castor sugar).
If you make extra sugar water, you can refrigerate it in a clean, sterilized, covered container, like a canning jar, until you need to refill your hummingbird feeder.
When filling your feeder, it’s always best to thoroughly clean the feeder each time you refill it. Use a 1:10 bleach-to-water ratio and rinse well with cool water. Then add your nectar.
You don’t need to add anything else to the nectar, like Red dye #40. This popular red dye color is not good for hummingbirds.
So are you ready to get your hummingbird feeders filled? Give this Homemade Hummingbird Nectar recipe a try. Enjoy!
For more ways to create a garden that attracts a wide variety of birds, butterflies, bees and hummingbirds, be sure to check out Wisconsin Homemaker’s Garden Section.
Homemade Hummingbird Nectar – Sugar Water Recipe
- 1 cup sugar
- 4 cups water
- In a sauce pan, heat the water and sugar until the sugar has completely dissolved. Allow to cool before placing simple sugar liquid into clean hummingbird feeder.