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. If you’re ready to for an easy hummingbird food recipe, read on…
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. This hummingbird food recipe is incredibly easy to make and of course less expensive to boot! (I use this hummingbird feeder.)
Hummingbird Food Ingredients
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 cups of water
How to Make Hummingbird Food
- 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 very important to boil the water to remove any bacteria or other organisms that could make your hummingbirds sick. You will also want to thoroughly clean your hummingbird feeders in between refills to ensure they also do not harbor anything that could do your hummingbirds harm.
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!