How to Make Hummingbird Food

How to Make Hummingbird Food
Hummingbirds are beautiful and engaging to watch. Filling your feeders with homemade nectar is a quick and inexpensive way to attract these birds and keep them coming back throughout the season. No need to color the sugar water with food coloring. The birds will be attracted by the scent, not the color, and the added dye is not healthy for the birds to consume.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • 4 cups of plain or filtered water 1 cup of white sugar Hummingbird feeder
  • 4 cups of plain or filtered water
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • Hummingbird feeder
Step 1
Measure four cups of tap or filtered water and pour into a pitcher for mixing. The water does not have to be boiled or distilled unless your tap water contains large concentrations of impurities and you filter it for yourself.
Step 2
Pour one cup of sugar into the water and stir until it dissolves completely.
Step 3
Check the feeder for any mold that may have grown around the feeding tube. If there is evidence of mold, clean it with a mild bleach solution of ¼ cup of bleach to one gallon of water.
Step 4
Flush your feeder with hot water and use a bottle brush to clean off any residue. Do not use soap.
Step 5
Fill your feeder with the sugar water.
Step 6
Refrigerate any remaining nectar solution to prevent spoilage. The sugar mix should last about two weeks in the refrigerator. Hummingbirds will not drink spoiled nectar, so provide a fresh solution to keep the birds coming to your feeders.

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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