It is almost ridiculous how easy and frugal it is to make your own hummingbird nectar. What’s best about it is that it’s 100% natural and there is no need to add fake coloring to it. You can also make exactly the amount you need and prevent waste.
I made the mistake of purchasing this junk to put in our feeder. I noticed 2 things about it right away – it had fake coloring in it and the birds didn’t flock to it, but the bugs did. Seriously, the hummingbirds would get a taste and not come back. So, hubz said, just make your own. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it in the first place.
Hello Carrie! You call yourself a homesteader and you BOUGHT hummingbird nectar? I know, I know. Shameful.
Anyway, it couldn’t be easier.
- 1 part sugar
- 4 parts water
- Mix sugar and water together, bring to a boil. Let cool and fill feeder. Store any remaining nectar in the refrigerator.
To prevent waste, simply measure how many ounces your feeder will hold and divide that number by 5. For example, to fill a 20 oz feeder you’ll need 4 oz of sugar and 16 ounces of water. It’s that easy.
I got this recipe from the Smithsonian. They know what they’re talking about because it works. The birds LOVE it and we love watching them. No FD&C Red 40 (or whatever that junk is called!) required. They only get natural nourishment when they feed on flowers and we should do our best to keep our feeder nectar as natural as possible. Hummingbird feeders are colorful enough on their own to attract the birds, the red coloring isn’t even needed.