How do I make hummingbird food? I bought some but I would like to make my own.?

How do I make hummingbird food? I bought some but I would like to make my own.?

20 March, 2010 (00:51) | hummingbird food | By: admin


Sorry i am sure this has been ask before, but if so I never saw the answers!! =)

It’s just sugar and water, so don’t waste money on mixes. I prefer brown sugar (or corn syrup), since the color makes it easier to see the level in the feeder. Mix into hot water and store cool in a closed container in the fridge. There it will last 2-3 weeks. Your feeder though, has to be emptied and thoroughly cleaned every few days, since the ‘nectar’ ferments & rots quickly (so try to hang it away from direct sunlight).

Apart from planting pretty red flowers, there’s another way to help out your local hummingbirds. They don’t feed just on flower nectar, but eat small insects too, and are particularly fond of small spiders. So if you have any webs around the outside of your house, don’t clean them off for a while.

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Comments

Comment from momatttexas
Time March 20, 2010 at 6:05 am

From everything I have heard, the bought syrup is actually bad for them so it is good that you want to make your own.

Let’s say you want to make one cup of the liquid. Use one cup of water and 1/4 cup sugar and boil it for about 2 minutes. Let it cool and then put it in the feeder.

You should make fresh liquid for them about every five or six days.

Good Luck
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Comment from TayLee
Time March 20, 2010 at 6:36 am

boil sugar and water, let it cool down before adding to feeder.
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Comment from Kevlar
Time March 20, 2010 at 7:08 am

4 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar, bring it to a boil for 2 minutes let it simmer… then allow it to cool and fill your feeder. Any extra, put in a clean, glass jar (that’s best) and place in the fridge until needed.
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Comment from Lesley H
Time March 20, 2010 at 7:25 am

boil sugar and water together. If you want it coloured red, I use red food dye, but I put it in after I boil water/sugar.
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Comment from kikasman
Time March 20, 2010 at 7:44 am

boil some sugar and water and add a few drops of red food coloring to the mix.let it cool and then add it to the feeder.
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Comment from michael looooou
Time March 20, 2010 at 7:58 am

SUGAR AND WATER IS THE TRICK…PeAcE
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Comment from owllady1000
Time March 20, 2010 at 8:08 am

Boil about 2cups of water then add about 1 cup of sugar and stir to desolve. Let cool and put in feeder. You don’t have to add color. The feeder is colorful enough to attract them.
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Comment from eskie lover
Time March 20, 2010 at 8:25 am

My feeder came with instructions to make my own nectar. It calls for 3 cups of water to one cup of sugar and 3 drops of red food coloring. It works, too, I’ve got green and fushia necked hummingbirds fighting for a place at the all you can eat nectar buffet as I write!
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Comment from waney
Time March 20, 2010 at 8:34 am

My feeder instructions said a 1 to 4 mixture. 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. Boil, cool, fill feeder. Keep extra in fridge and always keep fresh nectar out for your birds (every 4-5 days). If it gets old it ferments nd makes them sick. Get your feeder sparkling clean every time your change nectar. Also, make sure your feeder is is a shady spot so the nectar doesn’t go bad as quickly.
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Comment from Wally
Time March 20, 2010 at 8:49 am

It’s just sugar and water, so don’t waste money on mixes. I prefer brown sugar (or corn syrup), since the color makes it easier to see the level in the feeder. Mix into hot water and store cool in a closed container in the fridge. There it will last 2-3 weeks. Your feeder though, has to be emptied and thoroughly cleaned every few days, since the ‘nectar’ ferments & rots quickly (so try to hang it away from direct sunlight).

Apart from planting pretty red flowers, there’s another way to help out your local hummingbirds. They don’t feed just on flower nectar, but eat small insects too, and are particularly fond of small spiders. So if you have any webs around the outside of your house, don’t clean them off for a while.
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Comment from Mache
Time March 20, 2010 at 9:23 am

I make it once a week cause they drink it up. I use 4 parts water and 1 part sugar. Bring to boil and stir to make sure all sugar has dissolved. When completely cool put in feeder. Keep any extra in fridge for a day or 2.
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Comment from nursienurse
Time March 20, 2010 at 10:06 am

Use 1 part sugar to 4 parts water and boil. You do not need to add food coloring. I heard that the red dye makes the eggs soft. Most hummingbird feeders have red on them and once the birds come they remember where to come back to.
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Comment from hummingbird grammy
Time August 26, 2014 at 6:10 pm

These comments are several years old…but for anyone currently reading them as I am…please do not use brown sugar or corn syrup as one poster mentioned. Hummingbird information from books and articles state that brown sugar contains too much iron for hummers and can make them sick…and that regular granulated white sugar made into sugar water is what the hummers can digest and be healthy eating. They get protein and other nutrients from eating small insects they find in the wild.

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