About Water-Sugar Solution for a Hummingbird Feeder

About Water-Sugar Solution for a Hummingbird Feeder
Hummingbirds are attracted to blooming flowers and feed on the flowers' nectar. Many people attempt to attract hummingbirds to their gardens by setting up feeders offering a water-sugar solution that contains a similar percentage of sugar as flower nectar.


The proper ratio of water-sugar solution for a hummingbird feeder is four parts water to one part white sugar.



You can use either very warm tap water to mix your solution (and stir rapidly to dissolve sugar) or boiling water. Allow the solution to cool before pouring it in the feeder.


Hummingbirds are naturally attracted to the color red, so some people put red food coloring in their solution. However, though it hasn't been proven, the food coloring could hurt the hummingbird. Instead, consider putting the solution in a red hummingbird feeder.

Cloudy Nectar

The sugar in the nectar solution can ferment and grow mold. If your hummingbird solution turns cloudy, it is time to replace it.


Some people believe that honey is a more natural nectar than white sugar. However, a honey-water solution actually ferments quicker than a sugar-water solution and can be toxic to hummingbirds.


Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen

Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.

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