Hummingbird Feeder Food Recipe

Hummingbird feeder food recipe, recipe for nectar for a hummingbird feeder

All you need for your  hummingbird feeder food recipe is  white table sugar and tap water.

Hummingbird Feeder Food recipe instructions:

The hummingbird feeder food recipe uses the following formula ….. 4 parts water to 1 part sugar.

This 4 to 1 ratio makes a hummingbird nectar that is very close to actual flower nectar.

Hummingbird Feeder Food Recipe Instructions:

The first step in the hummingbird feeder food recipe is to add the water to a pan on your stove and bring the mixture to a boil.

While the water is heating up, stir in the sugar and continue stirring until the sugar is completely dissolved.

To release the chlorine from the water and kill any mold spores in the sugar that might cause the nectar to spoil, boil the hummingbird nectar for about 2 minutes.

After the nectar has boiled for about 2 minutes you can remove it from the heat.

When the hummingbird nectar has cooled you can add it to your feeder.

Any left over hummingbird nectar can be stored in the refrigerator and used later. It can be stored for up to a week.

That’s about all there is to the hummingbird feeder food recipe. To attract hummingbirds and keep them coming to your feeder, be sure to keep fresh nectar in your hummingbird feeder.

To do this you must change the nectar often enough that the sugar doesn’t starts to ferment. Heat will cause the sugar to ferment and mold will grow in the nectar and on your feeder if the hummingbird nectar is not changed often enough.

Below is a chart  you can follow that will tell you how often to change the nectar, according to the temperature outside.

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

Rinse out your feeder with hot water each time you change the nectar.

Another good good way to insure that your feeder is always clean is to soak it once a month in a gallon of water containing 1/4 cup bleach. Soak your feeder for about an hour, then rinse it with running water to remove all traces of the bleach water.

If you don’t change the nectar often enough mold will start to grow. Follow this link on maintaining and cleaning your hummingbird feeder to learn more about cleaning your feeder and to learn what the best hummingbird feeder is.

Now that your hummingbird feeder food 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 feeder food from bees ants and wasps.


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

 Aspects 12oz Hummzinger Ultra With Nectar Guardhummingbird feeder

 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.





Enjoy feeding your backyard hummingbirds and I hope you found this article on the hummingbird feeder food recipe to be helpful.

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