Homemade Hummingbird Nectar - Steps and Tips

Do you wish to make your own homemade hummingbird nectar?

Everyone would love to have a family of hummingbirds flitting around their yard through spring and summer. They are very animated and extremely beautiful.

Nectar, the juice found in flowers, is what naturally attracts these fun creatures. You can attract hummingbirds with a flower garden, but you can also attract them earlier, if not year round, by making your own hummingbird nectar and providing an appropriate dispenser for the hummingbirds to drink it from.

This article will supply you with a few recipes for homemade hummingbird nectar, to get you started in attracting those spirited little creatures to your garden.

How To Make Homemade Hummingbird Nectar

Making hummingbird nectar at home is not a tough task, provided you know what you need and how to prepare it properly.

Things You Need

  • Hummingbird Feeder Cleaning Brushes
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Water
  • Hummingbird Feeder
  • Measuring Cup

    Basic Directions

  • Mix 1/4 cup of sugar with 1 cup of water. Stir the mixture briskly using a wooden spoon, doing so until the sugar is fully dissolved.

  • Pour the mixture into a hummingbird feeder - make sure the feeder is clean.

  • Cover the unused homemade hummingbird nectar, and then refrigerate it for further use, for a maximum of five days.

    Humming Bird Nectar Recipe

    The main ingredients that are used in a hummingbird nectar recipe are sugar, water, and in some cases, a red coloring.

    You can use either cane or beet sugar to make the nectar. Because it belongs to the carbohydrate family, sugar is easy to digest and provides an abundant amount of energy. Hummingbirds have an extremely fast metabolism system, and they need lots of sugar to keep up their high energy levels.

    Water is the second ingredient you need to make hummingbird nectar. Hummingbirds need their food in liquid form. Make sure to use chlorine free and fluoride free water for making your hummingbird nectar.

    Some people also use a red color for making hummingbird nectar. However, keep in mind that many countries have now banned the use of artificial coloring in hummingbird nectar, as it is believed to possibly cause cancer and tumors in hummingbirds. If you want to make your nectar red, use a non-artificial coloring, or find a hummingbird feeder that is colored.

    To make basic homemade hummingbird nectar, mix 1 part of sugar with 4 parts of water and boil while stirring the sugar constantly. Cool it off before filling the feeder.

    Things To Keep In Mind

  • Use measuring cups or a funnel for pouring the nectar into the feeder.

  • For large feeders, just increase the amount of sugar and water used, sticking to the same ratio.

  • Don't hang the feeders in direct sunlight - the nectar will spoil quickly and could become moldy or show algae growth, all unhealthy for the hummingbirds.

  • Don't forget to change the nectar in the feeders every 5 to 7 days; during warm weather, you may want to do so more often.

  • Don't use artificial dyes or honey in the nectar; for sugar, only white table sugar should be used.

  • Use only clean utensils to make hummingbird nectar.


    Hummingbird nectar provides an extra source of food to these birds. These animated little creatures are amazing to watch and will provide you with countless hours of entertainment with their antics.

    You should now be able to mix up some homemade hummingbird nectar and sit back to enjoy the show these vibrant little birds will put on for you.

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