How to Prepare Hummingbird Food

How to Prepare Hummingbird Food
Watching hummingbirds hover and dip into the feeder outside your window is charming and fascinating. The wings of a hummingbird can beat as fast as 50 times per second, faster than we can see. To continue to attract these wonderful birds to your home, keep a steady supply of hummingbird food in the feeder. Making home nectar is inexpensive and easy and will help fuel these birds throughout the day.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 4 cups of water 1 cup of white cane sugar
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup of white cane sugar
Step 1
Prepare the feeder by cleaning it with a solution of ¼ cup of bleach to one gallon of water. Use a bottle brush to get into the tube to scrub out any old solution that has stuck to the tube walls.
Step 2
Run hot water through and around the feeder to rinse thoroughly. Make sure that water runs through the feeding spouts the birds will use.
Step 3
Pour four cups of lukewarm water into a pitcher. The water can be filtered or regular tap water. You may boil it if you are worried about impurities in your tap water; just make sure to cool it down before adding it to the plastic feeder. Distilled water is not necessary but can be used without issue.
Step 4
Measure and add one cup of plain white cane sugar to your water. Whisk or stir until all the sugar has been dissolved.
Step 5
Add the water and sugar solution to the feeder and refrigerate the remaining liquid. It should remain fresh for up to two weeks.

Article Written By Nikki Jardin

Nikki Jardin began freelance writing in 2009 and focuses on food and travel articles. She has been a professional cook and caterer for more than 20 years. She holds a degree in environmental science from Humboldt State University.

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