How to make homemade hummingbird nectar

This project popped up simply beacuse I saw a hummingbird in my backyard this morning. A quick Google search brought me to the conclusion of a ruby-throated hummingbird. I also learned that you could make your own nectar for a hummingbird feeder!
You can make your own for much less and it will be better for the hummingbirds. Turns out that the food dye in the nectar is unnecessary and even harmful, so leave it out! A red feeder is more than enough color to draw them in.

{ Thanks NC State University, I learned so much!}
Once I found out I could make my own nectar I set right to work, I bought a feeder ages ago but got turned off from filling it by how much the nectar was in stores. This was the perfect solution, AND with this new-found recipe I could make only as much as I needed to fill the feeder.
What you need:

  • Hummingbird Feeder
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Stove and pot
  • Measuring cup

The recipe is simple, 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. If your feeder held 4 cups of water you would mix in 1 cup sugar. I like to make only what will fit in my feeder so I filled my feeder up with water as seen below.
Then poured that water into a measuring cup to see how much sugar I would need. This particular feeder holds 2 cups of water so I need a 1/2 cup of sugar.
Place the pot filled with the water and sugar on the stove and heat until the sugar dissolves. I then place the hot sugar water back into the measuring cup and put it in the fridge to cool down. Once cool pour the nectar into the feeder and you are ready to go!
Some housekeeping notes with the feeder, you want to make sure the nectar doesn’t go rancid so changing it out about every 5 days helps keep it fresh. It is also a good idea to wash out the feeder in between nectar fills to make sure everything stays safe for the hummingbirds!
Thanks all and hope you enjoy the hummingbirds!

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