The Only Homemade Hummingbird Nectar Recipe You Need

Combine a ratio of 4 parts water to 1 part table sugar Bring the water to a boil to break down the sugar completely

Fill feeders with cooled mixture. Between fills, refrigerate spares. DIY hummingbird nectar is safest with pure white table sugar. Avoid honey, brown sugar, and artificial sweeteners.  

Many believe think organic sugar, which isn't pure sucrose, is hazardous for hummingbirds. Forget the red food dye in your hummingbird concoction! The birds don't require it, and colorless sugar water is easy to monitor for freshness.  

Fill feeders halfway and clean them before refilling to avoid moldy hummingbird nectar. Birding experts Kenn and Kimberly Kaufman explain, “Lab studies show that hummingbirds consume different amounts of sugar water depending on sugar concentration.  

Keeping feeders in the shade will prevent homemade nectar from deteriorating. Exchange the mixture every three to five days—more often on hot days. If feeders are empty, birds will forage elsewhere.  

“Hummingbirds’ nectar needs are so specific and quite regular, so they’ll always take advantage of those kinds of resources,” says John Rowden, National Audubon Society senior director for bird-friendly communities.  

Put multiple hummingbird feeders out of sight to deter territorial nectar hogs.  

Your garden provides hummingbird nectar! John suggests using feeders and natural plants to meet hummingbird dietary needs.

Hummingbirds eat floral and manmade nectar. Plant nectar-rich tube-shaped flowers and fill feeders to attract hummingbirds wherever.  

Bee balm, salvia, and hummingbird mint are popular. Hummingbird-loving red blooms can also be grown.