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Easy DIY Hummingbird Nectar

Ingredients:

  • 1 part white sugar
  • 4 parts water

Instructions:

  1. Mix the sugar and water in a sauce pan.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat and let cool.
  4. Store extra nectar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. 

Notes & Feeder Care:

Do NOT adjust the mix! Keep the mix at 1:4 ratio sugar to water. Nectar concentrations vary greatly among a variety of plants hummingbirds visit, but they are typically low in sugar. Recipes with a higher concentration of sugar do not necessarily benefit hummingbirds because it cannot travel up the grooves of their tongue easily and may also damage kidneys and liver. White sugar and water only! No honey, brown sugar, maple syrup etc. Pure sucrose is what they need to survive. We do NOT recommend red dye, as it is not necessary and can be harmful. 

Your hummingbird feeders need to be cleaned, and nectar changed every 3-4 days--more often in hotter weather. If you see black spots inside your feeder, this is mold and you will need to scrub it out with a good bottle brush; but if you can't reach it with a bottle brush you can add some sand with water and shake the feeder to remove the mold. You should never use harsh detergent to clean your feeder. Rinse out each time you change your nectar with hot water, and if you do this on a regular basis you should not have a problem with mold inside the feeder. Don't fill the feeder more than half full, because they won't be able to drink it all before it will need to be changed. Don’t hang it in full sun, it makes the nectar go bad faster.

Attracting Hummingbirds with your feeder is very easy- just hang it up and they will come! You do need to hang it up at least 4ft. off the ground and away from branches that could give cats a chance to attack them. If your feeder doesn’t have any red parts to it, try tying a piece of red ribbon to it.The more feeders you have, the more hummingbirds you will attract.The most common hummingbird in this area is called the Anna’s hummingbird.The male has a red head and throat and both the males and females are bronze-green on the back. The females have a small red patch on their throat. They stay here all year round. Their nests are about the size of a quarter and disguised with bits of lichen.

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