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How to Make Hummingbird Food

The tiny hummingbird is the only bird that can fly upside down and backwards. Attract these expert fliers to your feeder with this simple nectar recipe.


  • Step 1: Choose a batch size Decide how much nectar to make, using four parts water to one part sugar.
  • Step 2: Make the mix Bring water to a boil in a saucepan, add the sugar, and stir until it dissolves.
  • Step 3: Add sugar Cover the pan and let the mixture boil for one to two minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Step 4: Cool and use nectar Cool the nectar mixture to room temperature and pour it into your hummingbird feeder.
  • TIP: Store leftover nectar in the refrigerator for up to two weeks or pour it into an ice cube tray and freeze. Thaw nectar cubes to room temperature before using them.
  • Step 5: Refill feeders frequently Check your feeders for mold or fermentation twice a week, or more often during hot weather. If it's cloudy, it's time to clean and refill your feeders. Be glad you don't have to feed every 15 minutes, like hummingbirds do!
  • FACT: Hummingbirds are found only in the western hemisphere.

You Will Need

  • A saucepan
  • Water
  • Granulated sugar
  • And a bird feeder
  • A storage bottle
  • And an ice cube tray

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