Hummingbirds are small birds that need lots of energy because they flap their wings very quickly. Depending on the type of hummingbird, they can flap their wings 10 to more than 80 times in a second when they hover in one spot.
You don't have to spend much money on nectar to attract these amazing birds to your feeders.
Luckily, you don't need to be a scientist to create your favorite treat. In this guide, we'll show you the easy way to make hummingbird food.
Get ready to welcome these charming, colorful birds into your backyard with a sweet, homemade treat that will leave them returning for more.
Hummingbird nectar is a simple sugary water mixture used to attract and feed hummingbirds. It's like the natural sugar in flowers that hummingbirds love. To make the best nectar for your hummingbird feeder, you need the right mix of sugar and water.
The best hummingbird nectar is a mix of sugar and water. To keep it simple, use a 4-to-1 ratio, which means 1 cup of water for every 1/4 cup of sugar. This ratio is similar to the sugar in flowers that hummingbirds like. If the weather is cold, rainy, or foggy, you can make it a bit sweeter with a 3-to-1 ratio to give the birds more energy.
Clear nectar solutions are best for hummingbirds because it's like the flower nectar they drink in the wild. Avoid using food dyes because they can harm the birds, and they don't need them to find your Feeder.
You can buy hummingbird nectar, but it's more expensive than making sugar water. Don't believe in marketing claims about preservatives; they're not safe for hummingbirds.
If you buy nectar, read the ingredients to ensure its dye-free and safe for the birds.
- 1 cup of water
- 1/4 cup of white granulated sugar
- Boil the water to remove any harmful bacteria or mold. You can do this on the stove or in the microwave.
- Add the sugar while the water is still hot. Stir until it completely dissolves.
- Let the mixture cool down before filling your hummingbird feeder.
- Fill your hummingbird feeder with the cooled nectar.
- Store any extra nectar in the refrigerator for up to a week.
- In very hot weather, change the nectar every two days to keep it fresh.
- When the weather is mild, you can change it once or twice a week.
- During hot weather, empty and clean the Feeder twice a week.
- In cooler weather, cleaning it once a week is enough.
- If hummingbirds finish the nectar quickly, clean it whenever it's empty.
Keeping a clean feeder with fresh water is crucial for the health of hummingbirds. In hot and humid conditions, sugar water can spoil quickly, leading to harmful bacteria that can make the birds sick. So, it's essential to follow these guidelines.
- If you live in the southern part of the United States, you can hang your Feeder as early as February or March.
- In the northern states, it's better to wait until April or May.
- In some southern and coastal regions of the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America, where hummingbirds live year-round, you can keep your feeders up all year.
- If you want to attract migrating hummingbirds, it's best to set up feeders a couple of weeks before they arrive in April.
- Once hummingbirds discover your feeders, they'll keep returning year after year. If the feeders aren't there when they arrive, they might go elsewhere, so it's best to be prepared.