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How to Make Hummingbird Nectar

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It seems every serious bird enthusiast wants a hummingbird in their backyard. The good news is that attracting hummingbirds is not too difficult. We suggest a two step approach: Plant flowers that attract  hummingbirds. Second, get a hummingbird feeder. Place the feeder near a window, where you can view these amazing, yet tiny birds.

Chances are, a packet of hummingbird nectar will come with your new feeder. After use that up, you do not need to buy Hummingbird nectar. Rather, it is quick, easy, and far less expensive to make it yourself.

How to Make Hummingbird Nectar:

The hummingbird nectar recipe is simple. There are just two ingredients: water and sugar. The ratio is one part sugar to four parts boiling water

Here are the simple steps:

  1. Pour one cup of boiling water into a small bowl.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of white table sugar.
  3. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Allow the hummingbird nectar to cool to room temperature.
  5. Pour nectar into a clean hummingbird feeder.
  6. Store any excess in the refrigerator.

Spoiled nectar, bacteria and diseases can be dangerous to your hummingbirds. Here are some tips for keeping your hummingbird healthy:

  1. Replace the nectar every 5-7 days, more frequently in hot weather.
  2. Clean the feeder with soap and water each time you refill it.
  3. Place the feeder out of direct sunlight.
  4. Do not use red food dyes in the nectar. It offers no nutritional value, and could actually harm your hummingbird. The red feeder  is sufficient to attract the birds.
  5. Do not use honey, or any other ingredients.

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