Hummingbird Feed Recipe

Hummingbird Feed Recipe that’s fun and easy to make

Use this hummingbird feed recipe to add to your hummingbird enjoyment by making your own hummingbird nectar. It’s quick and easy to make and you will save money also. And this hummingbird feed recipe only requires 2 common ingredients.

In the long run, this will help your nectar keep better once it’s in your hummingbird feeder.

After the hummingbird feed recipe is cool you can add it to your feeder. Any leftover nectar will keep in your frig for up to a week.

Don’t add any red food coloring to your hummingbird feed recipe, if your feeder is red that will be enough to attract hummingbirds. Some say red food coloring is harmful to hummingbirds so don’t use it. Tie some red ribbon to your feeder if you need more red to help attract hummingbirds.

This hummingbird feed recipe has taught you the quick, easy way to make homemade hummingbird nectar, now all you have to do is keep fresh nectar in your feeder.

The way to keep it fresh is to change it before it ferments and gets moldy. The air temperature outside will determine how often the nectar will have to be changed. Anytime the nectar starts to look cloudy, that’s an indication that it needs to be changed.

Below you will find a chart that will tell you when your nectar needs to be changed based on the temperature.

High temperatures…………Change nectar after

71-75……………………………6 days

76-80……………………………5 days

81-84……………………………4 days

85-88……………………………3 days

89-92……………………………2 days

93+………………………………change daily


Hummingbird Feeder maintenance tips:

1.  rinse out your hummingbird feeder with hot water each time you change the nectar.

2. once a week or so rinse it out with a 10% white vinegar and water solution.

3. once a month soak your feeder for an hour in a mild bleach solution (1/4 cup bleach to 1 gallon of water).

These preventive measures will keep your feeder clean provided that the nectar is changed on time.

If you forget to change the nectar and mold grows, you will have to soak your feeder for an hour in a stronger bleach solution (10% bleach 90% water).

After soaking, be sure to brush out all the dead mold in your feeder and rinse out all traces of the bleach solution using running water.

Here is a good set of feeder brushes that will help you remove the mold from the inside of your feeder.


There are feeders that you can buy that will make the task of cleaning a feeder a lot easier. Try to find a feeder that is easy to take apart and allows you to get inside the feeder to all those hard to reach areas that will need cleaning.

Now that your homemade hummingbird feed recipe is done, you will need to get a feeder that is easy to take apart and clean, and one that will also protect your hummingbird feed recipe from bees ants and wasps.

My favorite choice of hummingbird  feeders to use with the hummingbird feed recipe is

hummingbird feeder

Aspects 12oz Hummzinger Ultra With Nectar Guard

It’s inexpensive and has several features that makes it well worth the price.

The HummZinger has patented Nectar guard tips which are flexible membranes attached to the feed ports that prohibit entry from flying insects, but allow Hummingbirds to feed as usual. The HummZinger also has a built in ant moat that will stop crawling insects from getting to the nectar. It also has raised flower ports that divert rain.

This mid-size nectar feeder has a 12 oz. capacity and can be hung or post mounted with hardware provided. It has four feeding ports for hummingbirds and is made of unbreakable polycarbonate. Easy to clean.

For ease of cleaning and protection from bees, wasps and ants, this feeder can’t be beat.



If you already have a hummingbird feeder, and you want to protect it from ants and other crawling insects, the ant moat below will do the job.

ant moat


Trap-It Ant Moat for Hummingbird Feeders, Red
Price: $6.99 Buy Now
Product Description
The first and still the best to protect your Hummingbird and Oriole feeder from ants and other crawling insects. Insert between hanger and feeder and fill with  water, providing a barrier to crawling pests. Red color to attract hummingbirds.

Now that you know how to use the hummingbird feed recipe to make homemade hummingbird feed, and how to keep your nectar fresh  you should be able to thoroughly enjoy feeding your hummingbirds.





Keep your feeder clean and you will have good luck feeding  your hummingbirds.

I hope you enjoyed this article on hummingbird feed recipe.

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