This simple hummingbird food recipe will keep them coming back for more!
I have found the perfect recipe for Hummingbird food that works every time. It attracts hummingbirds to my yard in a steady stream all spring and summer long! Hummingbirds require an enormous amount of food each day which causes them to eat often. I have one feeder in my front yard and another one in the back yard and I refill them weekly.
To make this simple natural nectar, boil two cups of water. Once boiling, turn off the heat and stir in 1/4 cup of white sugar until dissolved. Let cool completely before filling up your feeder.
You can make more or less depending on how many bird feeders you have and how large they are. The basic ratio for this hummingbird food recipe is four parts water to one part sugar.
Once the feeders are filled, I love to sit on my porch and watch the hummingbirds feed. It’s such a relaxing way to unwind for a few minutes each day. The bird pictured below is the ruby-throated hummingbird.
Did you know hummingbirds do not have a sense of smell? This is why most hummingbird feeders are brightly colored. It also explains why the birds prefer bright colored flowers.
In my backyard, I also have a hummingbird vine that climbs up my shed. This also keeps them coming back again and again.
Often, multiple hummingbirds will feed here at the same time.
I found that keeping the feeder really clean is important. In the past, I have tried that hummingbird food with the red dye that sometimes comes with feeders and that didn’t work at all. But it seems the sugar and water mix is absolutely irresistible to these birds.
Here is a look at the feeder in my backyard.
Do you know how hummingbirds got their name?
The name comes from the fact that they flap their wings so fast (about 80-100 times per second) that they make a humming noise. Which is crazy considering the birds only weigh about the same as a nickel.
Which is crazy considering the birds only weigh about the same as a nickel.
Notice the bird on the sidewalk? He photo-bombed my hummingbird pictures.
I also found an app where you can track the hummingbird’s migration as a “citizen scientist” which is a great idea for kids. You can find it here.
I would’ve never guessed that a hummingbird food recipe that is so simple would be so effective, but it is!
You can shop some of my favorite style hummingbird feeders below. Click any photo to go to the page.
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