Make Your Own Hummingbird Food!

Hummingbirds are beautiful and delicate creatures that are found throughout North America and often attracted to gardens and feeders. Hummingbird food is an easy and effective way to attract them to your backyard. This article will guide you through the steps to make and hang your own hummingbird food recipe, along with tips and tricks to help you attract beautiful hummingbirds to your home. With this guide, you can make your own nectar that is sure to bring hummingbirds to your backyard and make them a regular feature of your outdoor scenery. Get ready for a viewer of nature at its best!

hummingbird near flower
Photo by James Wainscoat

Ingredients for Making Hummingbird Food

When making your own hummingbird food, the first step is to gather all the necessary ingredients.

  • 1 cup of water
  • ¼ cup of white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon of white vinegar
sugar and water, Humming bird food
Photo by Faran Raufi

Make sure to have all of these ingredients pre-measured before beginning the recipe. Boiling the water before using it is also recommended. You can use regular tap or spring water in this recipe. The light corn syrup and white vinegar act as preservatives in the recipe, which help ensure the food does not spoil. Finally, white granulated sugar is the main source of energy for hummingbirds. Make sure to not use any type of artificial sweeteners in this recipe.

Steps for Creating Hummingbird Food

Steps for creating Hummingbird food can be easy and satisfying. Make sure to clean your feeder first before adding new solution. Now, it’s time to make the nectar!

  • Boil 1 cup of water
  • Stir in 1/4 cup of sugar until dissolved
  • Let solution cool and pour into feeder
  • Hang feeder in visible but sheltered location
  • Place away from windows to protect hummingbirds from collisions

Lastly, enjoy watching the hummers come to your feeder and feed! Changing the nectar every few days and cleaning the feeder regularly will keep hummingbirds healthy. Thanks for supporting and providing for these wonderful birds!

How to Hang a Hummingbird Feeder

Installing a hummingbird feeder in the proper spot is essential for hummingbird enjoyment. To install your hummingbird feeder, you’ll need a sturdy place to hang it from, such as a shepherd’s hook or a fence post. You’ll also need pliers and a suitable hanger for your feeder, such as a S-hook or string. Place the feeder at least five feet off the ground and out of the way of predators. Hang the feeder near large bushes or trees to attract more hummingbirds. Keep other feeders some distance away to keep other birds from competing with the hummingbirds.

Lastly, make sure the feeder hangs in direct sunlight, but is in a spot where the temperature isn’t too hot. Following these simple steps will help you get the most out of your hummingbird feeder.

Tips for Attracting Hummingbirds

Creating an inviting environment is a great way to attract hummingbirds. Plant colorful flowers in your garden or hang a brightly-colored wind chime to catch their attention. Always keep your hummingbird feeder filled with fresh nectar and well cleaned! Hang the feeder at least five feet off the ground and in an area with dense vegetation for protection from the elements and predators. Place the feeder close to a window or patio so you can watch the hummingbirds from inside your house.

Additionally, installing specially designed hummingbird mirrors can help bring even more hummingbirds to the feeder.

Cleaning and Maintenance of Hummingbird Feeders

Cleaning and maintaining hummingbird feeders is essential to the health of your hummingbirds. It is important to keep the feeder clean to make sure the nectar is not spoiled and safe for the birds. To clean the feeder you should use hot water with a little mild soap, then rinse the feeder thoroughly. Be sure to replace the feeder’s solution every few days; otherwise, mold and bacterial growth may occur. Before filling with a new solution, make sure the feeder is clean and dry.

Additionally, hummingbird feeders should be taken down during extremely cold weather and kept out of direct sunlight or in areas that are too hot. If mold develops, discard the solution and clean the feeder before refilling with a new solution. Follow these steps and your hummingbirds will thank you.


In conclusion, making hummingbird food is a great way to attract these amazing creatures to your space. Not only is it good for the environment, but it can also be a fun and educational way to bond with your family. With the right ingredients, technique, and maintenance, you can create the perfect hummingbird food that they will love to come back to throughout the summer season. So why not give it a try and get ready to enjoy the company of these friendly birds.

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