A couple things to remember when making your own hummingbird nectar…
- Never use honey or artificial sweeteners! Honey ferments easily, and can cause sores in a hummers mouth. Artificial sweeteners have no food value.
- Do not use red food coloring in your solution, as this could be harmful to your hummers. Most feeders have red on them and that should be enough
Hummingbird Nectar Recipe:
- Mix 4 parts water to 1 part white table sugar
- Bring water to a boil.
- Add sugar to boiling water
- Stir until sugar is dissolved.
- At this point, you’ll realize how easy it is to make your own nectar (And kick yourself for not doing it sooner)!!!
- Make a quart or more of nectar at a time to keep in your fridge. It’ll keep 12-14 days.
Freshen the nectar in your feeder every few days or more often if it’s not crystal clear. During summer heat, that may mean almost daily.