Hummingbirds have the best ability to extract nectar of any flier. The mouths of hummingbirds, with their long, thin bills, and tongues licking up to thirteen times a minute, are impressive. It’s easy to DIY hummingbird nectar. Here’s how to make your own homemade hummingbird nectar recipe.
Hummingbird Nectar Recipe
- Add 4 parts water and 1 part table-sugar.
- Bring water to a rolling boil to dissolve the sugar.
- Fill feeders with the mixture once it has cooled.
- Refrigerate what you don’t use between fillings
Use only pure white table sugar to make hummingbird nectar. Avoid brown sugar, artificial sweeteners or honey. Many also consider organic sugar, which doesn’t tend to be fully refined to pure sucrose, unsafe for feeding hummingbirds. You can also skip the red dye when making your hummingbird food. The birds don’t need it, and it’s easier to monitor the freshness of colorless sugar water.
How Often should you replace hummingbird nectar?
Fill feeders only half-full and clean them after each use to avoid moldy nectar.