You bought a hummingbird feeder and are ready to attract these beautiful birds to your yard. But how do you make hummingbird food to draw them in? It’s easy!
There are hummingbird nectars you can buy from the store, but don’t waste your time or money! It’s simple and cheap to make your own from home. All you need is white table sugar and water. That’s it.
Just remember the four to one ratio to make hummingbird nectar. Mix four parts water with one part sugar until dissolved. For example, this can be one cup water and 1/4 cup of sugar. Boom! Nectar! Place it into your feeder and enjoy as the hummingbirds drop in.
Here’s a short video where I demonstrate how to make hummingbird nectar.
A few things not to do: Don’t use organic sugars, brown sugar, honey or sugar alternatives. These can harm hummingbirds! Just use white table sugar. Don’t dye the mixture red. This can also harm hummingbirds.
You don’t need to boil the water before using it. Tap water is perfectly fine. Any leftover nectar mixture you have can be stored in the fridge for a maximum of two weeks.
Remember to clean your hummingbird feeders every day or every other day. Sugar will grow bacteria and mold at a rapid pace in the warm summer months. Cleaning often keeps the hummingbirds safe!