How to Make Hummingbird Nectar

This easy and inexpensive hummingbird nectar recipe will have these beloved pollinators making return visits to your garden.

April 16, 2020
Anna’s Hummingbird

Anna’s Hummingbird with Penstemon

Anna’s hummingbird visiting a native penstemon bloom.

Photo by: Used with permission. © 2016 Thomas Strich at HummingbirdPictures.net

Used with permission. © 2016 Thomas Strich at HummingbirdPictures.net

Hummingbird lovers are undoubtedly fond of the whizzing sound these beautiful small birds make as they zip around. But did you know you can make your own hummingbird food to bring even more to your backyard? This super simple cost-effective recipe will keep your backyard friends happily humming, and you can skip a trip to the store:

A DIY Hummingbird Feeder

Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup regular white cane sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • NOTE: Do not add red food coloring, it's unnecessary and possibly not healthy for hummers

Instructions:

  • Heat water to a boil
  • Turn off heat, add sugar
  • Stir until sugar is dissolved completely (liquid should be clear)

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When the solution is done, let it cool, then fill your clean bird feeder. Store leftover solution in the refrigerator until it’s ready to use. The nectar will go bad fairly quickly, so be sure to clean out and refill your feeder every 3-5 days (possibly more often in very hot weather) to prevent bacteria from building up in the sugary solution.

It's really as easy as that! Now get out there and enjoy watching your winged friends eat.

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