how do you mix syrup for hummingbird feeders?

how do you mix syrup for hummingbird feeders?

15 March, 2010 (02:20) | hummingbird feeders | By: admin


what is the formula for the Hummingbird feeders?

1 part sugar/4 parts water

Boil the water first, then measure and add sugar, at the rate of 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water.

Let cool and store excess in refrigerator until ready to use.

Do not add food coloring, honey (which ferments), or artificial sweetener, which has no nutritional value.

You will need to clean your feeder every few days, with hot water and a mild (10%) bleach, or a water and vinegar solution, to inhibit mold. Rinse very thoroughly before refilling with water syrup.

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Comments

Comment from eagle
Time March 15, 2010 at 8:10 am

Do not use syrup, fruit juices, or items of this nature. They can cause health problems with the birds. Mix sugar and water only. You can add a little red food color if you like, but the birds will come to sugar water without the color just as well. I like to add as much sugar as the water will absorb. When I see the sugar beginning to settle to the bottom of the container that I’m mixing in, then I stop. Good luck.
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Comment from GracieM
Time March 15, 2010 at 8:33 am

1 part sugar/4 parts water

Boil the water first, then measure and add sugar, at the rate of 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water.

Let cool and store excess in refrigerator until ready to use.

Do not add food coloring, honey (which ferments), or artificial sweetener, which has no nutritional value.

You will need to clean your feeder every few days, with hot water and a mild (10%) bleach, or a water and vinegar solution, to inhibit mold. Rinse very thoroughly before refilling with water syrup.
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Comment from paranut59
Time March 15, 2010 at 8:46 am

Hi,
My Hummers arrived today! I live about 45 minutes south of the Wisconsin border, in northern Illinois. I tried for years all of the commercial blends with only moderate results. So here goes, this is what works for me. Four parts water to one part sugar, heat in sauce pan until it almost boils, stirring once or twice. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature, hot liquid will burn their little beaks. Please don’t use dye in the liquid, just use a red feeder, dye is not needed and many think it is bad for the birds. Clean your feeders once a week and above all, be patient. It took my wife and I a few seasons to get to the point where they would hang here all season, good luck!
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Comment from canuck1950
Time March 15, 2010 at 9:27 am

The ratio is 4 : 1, water to sugar. That is for example 1 cup of sugar to 4 cups of water. I usually used boiled water to rid it of chemicals, add the sugar (it disolves easier in hot water). Thoroughly sterilize your feeders, NEVER add food coloring or anything but the sugar and sterilized water, the color of your feeders will attract the hummers.
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Comment from fluffy the wonderdog
Time March 15, 2010 at 10:01 am

we are lazy but successful with hummers here
heat water in microwave-4cups
add sugar-1cup
stir
if it dissolves you are done
if not return it to microwave and heat 1 minute
let cool
pour into clean feeder
before hanging the feeder put a little cooking oil on the string/wire hanger this will keep the ants from getting to the feeder.

we go through about 10 lbs/ week during migration periods and 3-4 lbs a week during the summer using several feeders.

they empty out at least once per day
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Comment from meanolmaw
Time March 15, 2010 at 10:31 am

I get mine out quicker this way….

large glass measuring cup ….

one cup water…. add one cup sugar… stir…. microwave for five minutes……remove carefully!!!….

pour into pitcher…. add two cups cold water…. that makes a 3:1 mix which they love in the early season while it’s still cold at night….. later in the warmer times, add another cup of water, making the mix 4:1…..

be sure to clean those feeders!!!…. if they get moldy, the birds won’t visit them … (can’t blame them for that!!)…..
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Comment from kerrberr95
Time March 15, 2010 at 10:50 am

It is ALWAYS 4 parts water to 1 part of the syrup if it is the store bought stuff. If you want to make it at home it would be 4 parts water to 1 part sugar. So, it would be 4 cups water to 1 cup sugar or 4 cups water to 1 cup of the syrup. If you make it at home, you don’t need to add red food coloring as long as the hummingbird feeder has red on it. Good luck.
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Comment from GreatPhotos
Time March 15, 2010 at 11:19 am

Directions for making safe hummingbird food:

1. Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water and bring to a boil to kill any bacteria or mold present.
2. Cool and fill feeder.
3. Extra sugar water may be stored in a refrigerator.
4. Red dye should not be added.

Using more sugar than this can dehydrate hummingbirds.
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