what is the right mix for hummingbird food?

what is the right mix for hummingbird food?

17 February, 2010 (04:25) | hummingbird food | By: admin


I have two feeders that are red already, so I don’t want to add dye, I just need to know how much water to sugar ratio.

The proper solution should consist of 1 part of sugar and 4 parts of water. Honey or juice may be dangerous for these creatures; color supplements are toxic.

My mother in law makes red kool-aid and put in her feeders.

Actually I just answered this same question a little over a month ago and got the best answer.

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Comments

Comment from dlb29651
Time February 17, 2010 at 9:40 am

4 cups of boiled water, add 1 cup sugar. No food coloring!
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Comment from Cat
Time February 17, 2010 at 10:18 am

Dye is BAD for hummingbirds – you are right to not use it.

The ratio is 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. Dissolve the sugar in the warmed water, cool before putting out. Refrigerate the excess, and toss after a week.
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Comment from *Mommyof2Beauties*
Time February 17, 2010 at 10:35 am

The proper solution should consist of 1 part of sugar and 4 parts of water. Honey or juice may be dangerous for these creatures; color supplements are toxic.

My mother in law makes red kool-aid and put in her feeders.

Actually I just answered this same question a little over a month ago and got the best answer.
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Comment from James B
Time February 17, 2010 at 10:42 am

buy your mix @ a lawn center or dept store. when you use homemade varieties you are endangering the eggs laid, makes the shells soft and takes away the next generation.
ask around and verify if you would like.
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Comment from bugsie
Time February 17, 2010 at 11:11 am

PLEASE go with James!
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Comment from SUEZEE QQQ
Time February 17, 2010 at 11:22 am

Four parts water to one part sugar. Not necessary to boil, just heat enough to dissolve sugar. Bacteria grows in the solution in the feeders from the bacteria occuring on the hummers’ beaks and tongues. Change solution frequently in hotter weather. No dyes, artificial sweeteners, honey, or Koolaid. Just 100% pure white cane sugar and tap water.
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Comment from davedude
Time September 14, 2012 at 12:29 pm

can corn syrup replace white sugar in the mixture?

Comment from Phyllis Hutton
Time March 29, 2013 at 4:25 pm

I have been preparing hummingbird food for years by making a large batch (4 parts water, 1 part sugar). Then I measure out the amount for each feeder, put it in a plastic bag and freeze it. I take it out the day before I am going to use it to let it defrost. Saves a lot of time. Most importantly is cleaning the feeders (including the tubes that run from bottle to “flower” part. I put one feeder out while cleaning the used one so as not to disrupt the feeding.

Comment from karen
Time April 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm

I have been watching and feeding these beutiful breath taken birds since I moved to the south 20 years ago I have 4feeders and use only 1 part sugar, 4 parts boiling water to clear chlorine, let cool and feed I have over 10 beauties. I love them.

Comment from Dragonfly
Time June 12, 2013 at 3:23 pm

I just set out a hummingbird feeder. I need to add a red plant. What is the best way start attracting hummingbirds to an area that currently has not had any spottings this year. There are some each summer, but I would like to attack more.

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