Keep your yard full of cute hummingbirds. Learn How to Make Hummingbird Nectar with this simple recipe.
Hummingbirds are an adorable addition to any yard or garden. They are cute to watch flit from flower to flower and they are a beneficial pollinator to keep around. It doesn't take much to attract Hummingbirds to your yard (check out these tips). Once you get started you will want to keep your feeders full of their favorite nectar. You can do this affordably by learning how to make hummingbird nectar with this simple recipe.
How to Make Hummingbird Nectar
- 4 Parts Water
- 1 Part Sugar
Heat the water to boiling and stir in the sugar until dissolved. Cool completely and fill a clean hummingbird feeder.
Is It Safe to Feed Hummingbirds Sugar Water?
Yes, I know a lot of people try to avoid table sugar for health reasons, however sugar most closely resembles plant nectar. In this case, it is the best substitute to fill the hummingbird feeder with and will not hurt them. Do not use sugar substitutes or honey as they could cause problems for the birds.
How to clean a Hummingbird Feeder
Before you fill a hummingbird feeder you want to make sure it is clean. Since the nectar is sticky and sweet it tends to collect dirt, bacteria, and small dead bugs. Ever couple days empty your hummingbird feeder and clean it in warm water. Avoid harsh detergents, and if any soaps are using be sure to rinse your feeder thoroughly.
How often to Change Nectar in Hummingbird Feeder
Hummingbird nectar is just sugar and water. In hot temperatures, it can ferment. Please change the nectar at least every couple days in warm weather. This ensures that your hummingbirds are staying happy and healthy while enjoying the treat you left out for them.
Do You Add Food Coloring to Hummingbird Nectar
This is a very controversial topic. As long as you are using a brightly colored hummingbird feeder there is no need to add any food coloring to your hummingbird nectar. The birds will be attracted to the color of the feeder and come to eat. The food coloring offers no nutritional value for the birds and some studies show it can actually be harmful to the birds. It is probably best left out of your homemade hummingbird food.