can I make my own hummingbird feeder solution?

can I make my own hummingbird feeder solution?

15 July, 2010 (01:19) | hummingbird food | By: admin


What is the ratio of sugar to water for hummingbird food?

3-4 cups of water
1 cup sugar
Boil for a couple minutes to stop fermentation
Drop or two of red food coloring
Cool
Serve

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Comments

Comment from amethyst_dragon69
Time July 15, 2010 at 6:45 am

3-4 cups of water
1 cup sugar
Boil for a couple minutes to stop fermentation
Drop or two of red food coloring
Cool
Serve
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Comment from Shannon
Time July 15, 2010 at 7:13 am

Yes the ratio is 3/1!3 PARTS SUGAR, 1 PART BOILED WATER.
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Comment from kristinlove101
Time July 15, 2010 at 7:34 am

Boil 1 cup of distilled water. Tap water can be used if it is free of contaminants and chlorine. Allow chlorinated water to set overnight before using it to mix hummingbird food. Pour into a large bowl. Add ΒΌ cup of white sugar.

Step
2
Stir to dissolve the sugar crystals. Tiny sugar crystals are difficult for hummingbirds to digest and must be dissolved for safe feeding.

Step
3
Add a few drops of red food coloring if preferred. Although there is no evidence that food coloring damages hummingbirds, concerns over its safety lead many to prepare hummingbird nectar without color additives. Hummingbirds will drink from your feeder whether or not the nectar is red.

Step
4
Allow the mixture to cool and pour it into your hummingbird feeder. Wipe any excess solution off the outside of the feeder, as this will attract ants and other insects.

Step
5
Hang the feeder in an area out of direct sunlight, as the nectar will heat up quickly in the sun. A shady location provides a cool drink for tired hummingbirds.

Step
6
Store unused hummingbird food in a glass jar in the refrigerator.
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Comment from vixster46
Time July 15, 2010 at 8:21 am

I make my own and I use three parts water to two parts sugar-real sugar. My feeders are constantly busy.
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Comment from birdgirl
Time July 15, 2010 at 8:37 am

The correct ratio is:
Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

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. The red color of the feeder is enough to attract them without the red food coloring which is thought to be harmful to hummingbirds.

You will need to clean your feeder about once a week. According to the National Audubon Society, this should be done by rinsing with one part white vinegar to four parts water. If the feeder is dirty, try adding a few grains of dry rice to the vinegar solution to help scrub it clean. Follow the vinegar wash by rinsing three times with clear, warm water before refilling with sugar solution.
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me: ornithologist (bird biologist)

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