Hummingbird Feeder Recipe

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While there are a number of commercially available hummingbird feeder nectar solutions available, you can just as easily make your own with this simple hummingbird feeder recipe.

Most hummingbird feeders will hold about 1 cup of liquid. Even if you have a very large feeder, it is best to not to overfill it more than one cup as the solution only stays good for a few days, and there is no sense in wasting it.

Here is the recipe to make your own hummingbird nectar:

1 cup boiling water
1/4 cup white cane sugar

Mix sugar into boiling water until completely dissolved. Allow to cool completely and place into feeder.

Important Tips for Maintaining a Hummingbird Feeder

Use Bottled Water if Necessary: If your water is treated with a lot of chemicals or you have very hard water, you may want to use bottled water.

“Real” Sugar Only: Do not use artificial sweeteners – hummingbirds rely on energy they can only get from real sugar, not to mention the chemicals can be harmful to them. Also do not use honey, molasses, or brown sugar, as these are not what hummingbirds need either.

Skip the Food Dye: Do not use food dye or jello – even in small amounts this can harm the hummingbirds. Stick to plain sugar and water if making your own.

Be Sure the Solution is Completely Cool: Hot homemade nectar can crack or warp hummingbird feeders, especially glass or plastic ones. Allow it to cool completely before filling the feeder.

Change and Clean Regularly: You will want to change the nectar and clean the feeder every two to three days. Be sure to check for signs of mold (black spots) or cloudy water, this is a sign the water has become contaminated with yeast, mold, or bacteria, all of which can harm the hummingbirds. To clean the hummingbird feeder, take it apart and clean with hot water.

Hang the feeder away from the house: You may find this solution works so well that it attracts several hummingbirds, which can be aggressive toward one another over the feeder. Hanging it away from the house will allow for you to watch from a safe distance.

Watch for Bees: As much as hummingbirds love this sugar solution, so do bees. Always check for bees when changing and cleaning the feeder – don’t want to get stung!

Have any questions about making your own hummingbird feeder recipe? Share them in the comments section below!

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