how do I make hummingbird food ?

how do I make hummingbird food ?

28 March, 2010 (13:41) | hummingbird food | By: admin



Don’t know about everyone else, but I would much rather have a nice sweet chocolate bar instead of a granola bar.. And so would your hummers. My recipe, which has been used for a number of years and seems to attract many visitors to my feeder, is to take 3 cups of water and heat up the water on the stove. Just before it boils turn it off. Then, get a large empty mayonnaise jar and pour in 1 cup of sugar. Take the hot water from the stove and carefully pour it into the jar. Stir it with a spoon to desolve the sugar. Leave the lid off the jar and let it cool down for a couple hrs. Then, put the lid on and store it in the fridge and use what you need to fill up the feeder. Make sure you clean the feeder every 3 or 4 days as already stated above, before you add more food. No coloring is needed as most feeders are already red in color and attract the hummers well. This is a little bit of a sweeter mixture, something that the hummers love and need to keep them going. Also, the location of the feeder is very important. You don’t want to have it hanging in the direct sunlight, as this will cause the mixture to heat up too much, causing bacteria to develop, making the hummers sick. A shady location works the best for for the health of the hummers. They don’t like feeding on "hot" sugar water. Hope this answers your question…. And may your feeder bring you joy and happiness, as it has for me over the years.. Happy Humming!

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Comments

Comment from yousedummy
Time March 28, 2010 at 7:16 pm

Just mix one part sugar to four parts water. Don’t bother with red coloring. Change the nector often as it spoils quickly, more so in warmer weather.
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Comment from James
Time March 28, 2010 at 8:01 pm

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 solution to inhibit mold. Rinse thoroughly before refilling with water syrup.
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Comment from lamplight03
Time March 28, 2010 at 8:23 pm

The proper solution should consist of 1 part of sugar and 4 parts of water. I boil my water then add sugar, cool and fill feeders.
Honey or juice may be dangerous for these creatures; color supplements are toxic.
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Comment from Sandyspacecase
Time March 28, 2010 at 8:40 pm

Four cups water to one cup sugar, You don’t need to add color. It does more harm than good. Also don’t add extra sugar to the formula as that could hurt their little kidneys. Bye
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Comment from LYNN W
Time March 28, 2010 at 8:53 pm

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.

You will need to clean your feeder every few days, with hot water and a mild (10%) bleach solution to inhibit mold. Rinse thoroughly before refilling with water syrup.
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Comment from galley wench
Time March 28, 2010 at 9:02 pm

the best thing you can do is get a plant that the hummingbirds like rather than "getting them hooked" on red sugar water. there are many easy widowbox plants that they like.
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Comment from DR DEAL
Time March 28, 2010 at 9:38 pm

hummingbird food is sugar water, so get your feeder and measure water and sugar,you may want to heat up the solution so it stays in the same form,add red food coloring if you want.
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Comment from Billy Ray Valentine
Time March 28, 2010 at 9:57 pm

Don’t know about everyone else, but I would much rather have a nice sweet chocolate bar instead of a granola bar.. And so would your hummers. My recipe, which has been used for a number of years and seems to attract many visitors to my feeder, is to take 3 cups of water and heat up the water on the stove. Just before it boils turn it off. Then, get a large empty mayonnaise jar and pour in 1 cup of sugar. Take the hot water from the stove and carefully pour it into the jar. Stir it with a spoon to desolve the sugar. Leave the lid off the jar and let it cool down for a couple hrs. Then, put the lid on and store it in the fridge and use what you need to fill up the feeder. Make sure you clean the feeder every 3 or 4 days as already stated above, before you add more food. No coloring is needed as most feeders are already red in color and attract the hummers well. This is a little bit of a sweeter mixture, something that the hummers love and need to keep them going. Also, the location of the feeder is very important. You don’t want to have it hanging in the direct sunlight, as this will cause the mixture to heat up too much, causing bacteria to develop, making the hummers sick. A shady location works the best for for the health of the hummers. They don’t like feeding on "hot" sugar water. Hope this answers your question…. And may your feeder bring you joy and happiness, as it has for me over the years.. Happy Humming!
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