Hummingbird Food 101: (Sugar Water) Recipes

Make hummingbird food at home with sugar and water. Safer and cheaper. Easy to make, better than store-bought mixes.

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Hummingbirds need our help due to habitat loss. Feeders supplement their diet, crucial when wildflowers are scarce.

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Why Do Hummingbirds Need Our Help?

Hummingbird feeders help migratory species like Ruby-throated and Rufous Hummingbirds during their long journeys, providing vital nourishment.

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Don't stress over making hummingbird food. Ready-made nectar is convenient, but avoid those with harmful additives like red dye.

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DIY or Ready-Made Nectar?

Classic hummingbird food: 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. Boil, cool, mix, fill feeder. Store extra in fridge for 1-10 days.

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DIY Recipe

Experimenting with hummingbird food is common, but stick to water and refined white sugar; avoid honey or brown sugar as they harm hummingbirds.

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Recipe Alterations

Avoid honey & red food coloring for hummingbirds. Honey can grow harmful fungus, while food coloring can harm them. Stick to plain sugar water.

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4:1 ratio hummingbird food mimics nectar. Avoid 5:1 ratio; lacks energy. Offer water feature for hot weather.

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5 to 1 ratio? 4 to 1?

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