Making hummingbird food?

Making hummingbird food?

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


I want to make my own hummingbird food because they won’t even go near the stuff I bought. Any suggestions? I also want to know what type of feeder is the best.

You can make your own hummingbird nectar by following this recipe:

Boil 4 parts water.
Mix 1 part ordinary white granulated sugar.
Stir and allow the mixture to cool.

When the nectar is room temperature, fill your clean hummingbird feeder.

Tips:
Never use red dyes or food coloring, as they are not healthy for hummingbirds or orioles.
Never use honey when making your nectar mix. Honey attracts bees and can grow black fungus that will cause a fatal liver and tongue disease in hummingbirds.
Replace the nectar once every three to four days and clean the feeder thoroughly.
Unused nectar can be refrigerated for up to two weeks.

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Comments

Comment from what the
Time March 15, 2010 at 7:51 am

They can be tricky to attract.. Look for a nice bright red feeder and plant flowers that are bright red and pink.. that will help attract them… I always make a super sugar solution with red food dye.. 4cups water 4 cups sugar.. boil till its all absorbed. add a few drops of red food coloring. store in fridge…
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Comment from Brain Storm
Time March 15, 2010 at 8:30 am

I use 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 Cup of water. I boil the water and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. NEVER use artificial sweeteners. I think the hanging type of feeders are best. The ones that are bright colored tend to attract them more often.
References :

Comment from boggle10
Time March 15, 2010 at 9:17 am

You can make your own hummingbird nectar by following this recipe:

Boil 4 parts water.
Mix 1 part ordinary white granulated sugar.
Stir and allow the mixture to cool.

When the nectar is room temperature, fill your clean hummingbird feeder.

Tips:
Never use red dyes or food coloring, as they are not healthy for hummingbirds or orioles.
Never use honey when making your nectar mix. Honey attracts bees and can grow black fungus that will cause a fatal liver and tongue disease in hummingbirds.
Replace the nectar once every three to four days and clean the feeder thoroughly.
Unused nectar can be refrigerated for up to two weeks.
References :
http://www.bestnest.com/bestnest/make_hummingbird_nectar.asp

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