How to Make Hummingbird Nectar

Hummingbird flying near feeder

I think that hummingbirds are one of the coolest birds ever. 

I love how they hover in one spot and flap their wings so fast that you can’t even see them.  I don’t think I will ever tire of having then flitting around the porch.  I’ve found the best way to guarantee they stay around is to keep the feeder full of my own homemade hummingbird nectar.  

What’s that you say?  Homemade?  You don’t have to buy the red nectar from the store?

Of course not!  You don’t need to spend your money on that.  Not when you can easily make your own at home.  It’s so simple and easy!

Just remember the ratio is 1:4.  One part sugar.  Four parts water.  I usually make about 2 cups worth.  (That’s about how much fits in my feeder).

To make one cup of nectar:

1. Measure out 1/4 cup of sugar and put in small bowl.  

2. Pour in 1 cup of water and whisk.  

3. Stir well!  You want the sugar to completely dissolve.  

4. Carefully pour into desired hummingbird feeder using a funnel or liquid measuring cup if desired.

5. Hang up and wait for the hummingbirds to find your sweet treat!  

The hummingbirds around our house like to perch on the iron hooks on the porch, but disappear the moment someone comes near.  Ever since I put up the feeder, we have one hummingbird with a black head, that thinks the feeder is only for him.  He sits on the hook as if on guard.  If any other hummingbird swoops in for a quick sip, the black headed one immediately chases him off.  With their long beaks, it almost looks like they are sword fighting!  It makes us laugh every time.

I hope you enjoy your birds as much as we do ours! 

If you like the hummingbird feeder we have, I just got it from Walmart! You can find it here!

Happy feeding!

~ Rachel

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