Looking to make your own hummingbird nectar? Flower nectar is the principal natural food of hummingbirds. If you provide hummingbird feeders, you will need to make your own artificial “nectar.” Since hummingbirds also eat insects, you don’t need to purchase expensive commercial hummingbird nectars that have added vitamins and minerals.
Hummingbird Nectar Recipe
1 Part Sugar
4 Parts Water
Boil 1-2 Minutes
Cool & Store In Refrigerator
To make your own mixture, bring tap water to a boil (boil the water before measuring, because some water will evaporate away in the process) and stir in pure cane sugar. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature before adding it to your feeder. To yield larger portions, mix at the ratio of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. The solution will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Don’t add red food coloring to the sugar solution—it is unnecessary and possibly harmful to the birds. Red portals on the feeder, or even a red ribbon on top, will attract the hummingbirds just as well.
Never use honey or artificial sweeteners! Honey ferments easily, and can cause sores in a hummers mouth. Artificial sweeteners have no food value.