This easy hummingbird food recipe attracts lots of birds. Follow these simple steps using a clean feeder and a mixture of water and cane sugar in a ratio of 4:1. The recipe below makes 2 cups. Double if you want more nectar. Half if you want less nectar.
Pro Tip: The hummingbird food recipe ratio is 4:1.
Hummingbirds are not native to Hawaii. This bird nectar recipe can be used for some nectar-eating bird species in Hawaii. However, it is best to use this recipe in places like Vermont, Maine, Idaho, Montana, or California, where there are a lot of hummingbirds.
Chose and clean a hummingbird food feeder
Glass, plastic, and metal are common types of hummingbird food feeders. In my experience, More Birds Hummingbird Feeder, Glass Hummingbird Feeders, Red, 7 Feeding Stations, 30-Ounce Nectar Capacity, Diamond“>glass hummingbird feeders are easiest to clean with hot, soapy water. Heavy duty First Nature 3055 32-ounce Hummingbird Feeder“>plastic hummingbird feeders are harder to clean, but are cheaper and less likely to break if they drop. Metal feeders are less common because they tend to rust. Copper Hummingbird Window Feeder – Drip-Free, Bee and Wasp Proof Design with Suction Cup“>Window-mounted hummingbird food feeders are typically smaller and super fun for bird watching up close.
Wash your feeder in hot, soapy water. Rinse well. Let it air dry. Do not put hummingbird feeders in the dishwasher because the plastic base parts tend to warp or melt.
Gather ingredients for the hummingbird food recipe
Here is a simple list:
- Cane sugar – Choose organic, if possible, because it contains less heavy metals that could harm the birds. I have great success with Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Cane Sugar — 1 lb – 2 pc“>Wholesome Sweeteners Organic Cane Sugar. Further, it is the cheapest brand I that have found so far.
- Filtered water – Choose the cleanest water possible because harsh chemicals like chlorine used to treat tap water put off many birds. Filtered water tastes fresher and invites more birds to the feeder.
Make the hummingbird food recipe
Follow these simple steps:
- Measure 2 cups of filtered water into a large measuring cup or bowl.
- Heat the water in a microwave for 3 minutes, or in a pan until there are small bubbles.
- While the water is heating, measure 1/4 cup of organic cane sugar.
- When the water is warm (not boiling), stir in the sugar with a large spoon. Stir for 1-2 minutes until all of the granules dissolve.
- Let the mixture cool for 5-10 minutes.
- Fill the feeder.
- Hang outside.