We’re having an incredibly early spring here in south Georgia as I had mentioned in my last blog post. (Or perhaps it just seems so to me because I was in England last year where it just snowed this week!) We’ve had temperatures in the 70s and 80s for weeks now, which this Southern belle loves of course. Just in the past week, I’ve started to even see butterflies around my yard which made me realize that the hummingbirds aren’t going to be far behind migrating back this way so of course, I had to clean my hummingbird feeder and get it out and ready for them. As I was doing so I thoguht I would share with you all my homemade hummingbird nectar recipe.
I used to buy store bought hummingbird nectar but I read that the red dye is not only unnecessary but possibly harmful so I switched to making my own. As long as your feeder had the bright red color on it they should still be attracted to the nectar. It’s incredibly easy to make and of course less expensive to boot!
Homemade Hummingbird Nectar
Save money by making your own dye-free homemade hummingbird nectar at home!
- Cook Time: 10
- Total Time: 10
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups water
Bring the water to a boil on the stove. Stir in sugar and continue to stir until totally dissolved. Allow to cool completely before placing in the feeder. Store extra hummingbird nectar in a sealed container in the refrigerator.
It is important to boil the water to eliminate any bacteria or mold that may be present in the water and protect your hummingbird’s health!
I love sitting on my back patio watching the hummingbirds (and butterflies) visit our feeder and I’m looking forward to their return this spring! Here’s a little video I took last year of a hummingbird visiting, I had never heard them chirp before that day!
Do you make your own hummingbird nectar? When do they usually return to your area?