Hummingbird Nectar Recipe 1 part sugar/4 parts water Boil the water first, then measure and add sugar, at the rate of 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water. Let cool and store excess in refrigerator until ready to use. Do not add food coloring, honey (which ferments), or artificial sweetener, which has no nutritional value. You will need to clean your feeder about once a week. According to the National Audubon Society
❤ Hummingbird Nectar Recipe- Directions for making safe hummingbird food: 1.Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water and bring to a boil to kill any bacteria or mold present. 2.Cool and fill feeder. 3.Extra sugar water may be stored in a refrigerator. 4.Red dye should NEVER be added. Recipe courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution- Migratory Bird Center (original pin no longer clicks through)
MATERIALS NEEDED: Baby-food jar with a screw-on cap Hammer Large nail 3 feet of string Directions Put 4 holes in the cap with the hammer and nail. Fill jar 3/4 full with nectar. Screw cap on and tie string firmly around jar neck. Fasten the other end of the string to a tree branch. Clean the feeder and change the nectar every few days.
Make your own humming bird food. I use 2 cups water, 1/2 cup sugar, bring to a boil, when it's cool, add 3 drops of red food coloring. Love watching my little hummers! Have more visit during the summer but have a few resident ones during the winter so I keep the nectar out year round!