Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

Hummingbird nectar recipe: a quick fun way to make your own Hummingbird nectar.

You can forget buying powdered hummingbird food from the store and save your money.

Add to your enjoyment of hummingbirds by making your own food from this simple quick hummingbird nectar recipe using only sugar and water.

Use white granulated sugar like the kind you put on your breakfast cereal.

Hummingbird nectar recipe formula:

1 part granulated sugar to 4 parts water

for example…..1 cup sugar, 4 cups water………will give you 5 cups of nectar or 1/4 cup sugar,1 cup water……will give you 1 1/4 cups nectar…….which might be enough if you have a small feeder

How to make hummingbird nectar recipe:

1. Boil the water-boil for about 5 minutes, this will help get rid of any chlorine or fluoride that you might have in your water and will get rid of any impurities that might be in the sugar

2. Add the sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.

3. Let the hummingbird nectar cool

4. Fill your feeder and store any remaining nectar in the refrigerator. You can keep your hummingbird nectar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

You can also use a microwave to make the hummingbird nectar recipe. You will need a container that is microwave save to put the water in. Heat the water to a boil, then take the water out of the microwave and stir in the sugar until it is dissolved. Let the nectar cool and then fill your feeders and store the remaining hummingbird nectar recipe in the refrigerator.

That is all there is to it, there is no need to add anything else to the hummingbird nectar recipe. Some people add honey, but honey will soon ferment and become poisonous to the birds. Also you don’t need to add any red food coloring to the hummingbird nectar recipe. The red on your hummingbird feeder will be enough red to attract the hummingbirds. And some people believe that red food coloring could also be harmful to the hummingbirds, so there’s no need to add it at all.

Once the hummingbird nectar recipe is in the feeder it must be changed if it becomes cloudy or murky looking. Empty the feeder and rinse it out with hot water before refilling. You will need to change the hummingbird nectar recipe about twice a week under normal conditions. If the temperature gets into the 80’s you will have to change it every two or three days. If in the 90’s you should change it every day. Hang your feeder in the shade if you can to make the nectar last longer before going bad.

If you forget to change you nectar and black spots and mold appears on you feeder it will have to be thoroughly cleaned. You will have to soak the feeder in a bleach solution of 10% bleach and hot water for about a half an hour.

You may also have to brush it out to get rid of the mold that would be harmful to the hummingbirds. So it’s best to change the nectar regularly and prevent this problem in the first place. Here is a good set of feeder brushes.

Feeder maintenance and cleaning is a very important part of feeding hummingbirds. Here is a good article that will tel you when and how to clean your hummingbird feeder.
When and how to clean a hummingbird feeder

This is the reason you will want a feeder that’s easy to take apart and clean.

My favorite choice of hummingbird  feeders to use with the hummingbird nectar recipe is  HummZinger hummingbird feederAspects 12oz Hummzinger Ultra With Nectar Guard

 It’s only $28.18 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 your hummingbirds and give a try to the hummingbird nectar recipe.

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