The Best Homemade Hummingbird Food – attract beautiful birds with this recipe!

Attract beautiful hummingbirds to your backyard or garden with this simple homemade hummingbird food recipe!

Attract beautiful hummingbirds to your backyard or garden with this simple homemade hummingbird food recipe!

 Homemade Hummingbird Food Recipe

I’ve written before about my adoration for the whimsical creatures that are hummingbirds. Last month, I shared about how to attract them to your own yard in this blog post! They just fascinate me and bring so much joy and wonder to outdoor spaces. I grew up watching their little bodies flit and flutter outside the window at my Grandma’s house, and ever since, I’ve always been delighted when they show up in my garden to feed on flowers or from my hummingbird feeder.

My kids always get a kick out of observing these little guys, too. It’s just so much fun for the whole family! That’s why I want to share the simplest and best homemade hummingbird food with you all today. It’s two ingredients and couldn’t be easier (or faster) to make, and it’s sure to bring a few of these pretty birds to your yard this season.

I will advise right off the bat not to use red dye, which some sources say to mix into the food. Hummingbirds like the bright color red because it reminds them of sweet flowers, but just use a red feeder for the same effect, since dye can be harmful to hummingbirds’ health. With that, let’s get into the recipe!

Attract beautiful hummingbirds to your backyard or garden with this simple homemade hummingbird food recipe!

Can I use tap water?

You can! Just be sure it’s hot so that the sugar dissolves.

What kind of sugar should I use?

You’ll want to use granulated white sugar — or regular table sugar. Do not use raw or unprocessed sugars or honey or corn syrup because those can be harmful to hummingbirds’ health.

Should I boil the water?

You don’t need to boil the water — but be sure you use hot water to easily dissolve the sugar.

How long can I store extra sugar water in the fridge?

Store leftover sugar water in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. If you notice mold growing in the mixture, toss it and make a fresh batch.

How often should I change the food in the hummingbird feeder?

It’s best to change and clean out feeders every other day, but if you miss a time or two, just make sure you’re switching out the food and cleaning it out at least twice a week during warm months and once a week in cooler months. This helps to prevent mold growth.

When should I put out my hummingbird feeder?

Hummingbirds migrate with the seasons, so when you put out a hummingbird feeder depends on where you live. For those who lives in southern parts of the States, you can set up feeders from February through November. Across the middle of the country, plan on placing feeders from April through October. Along the northern states in the U.S., put hummingbird feeders out from early May through September.

Where should I set up my hummingbird feeder?

Place your hummingbird feeder in low-activity areas (away from where pets or kids might play often because hummingbirds can be shy and territorial!). Close to trees is best because they like to perch on branches to watch out for predators.

Why shouldn’t I add red dye to the hummingbird food?

Foremost, red dye isn’t necessary because many feeders themselves are red — plus, dye is harmful to hummingbirds’ health, so be sure to skip it.

What plants attract hummingbirds?

Hummingbirds love flowers that are brightly colored and produce lots of nectar, including bee balm, trumpet honeysuckle, and bleeding hearts. They also really like red tubular flowers.

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Attract beautiful hummingbirds to your backyard or garden with this simple homemade hummingbird food recipe!

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Attract beautiful hummingbirds to your backyard or garden with this simple homemade hummingbird food recipe!

The Best Homemade Hummingbird Food


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x

Description

Attract beautiful hummingbirds to your backyard or garden with this simple homemade hummingbird food recipe!


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 4 cups hot tap water
  • Please do NOT use red dye

Instructions

  • Add all of your ingredients to a large bowl, and stir until the sugar dissolves.
  • Fill your humming bird feeder as directed on individual instructions.
  • Store leftover sugar water in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

  • If there is noticeable signs of mold on your sugar water before 2 weeks, discard and make a fresh batch.
  • Red dye is harmful to hummingbirds. Use a red feeder to attract them instead of dyeing their food.
  • Don’t use raw or natural sugars — they contain too much iron that can hurt hummingbirds.
  • Do not use honey or corn syrup.
  • Category: hobby farm
  • Method: no bake
  • Cuisine: hummingbird

Keywords: hummingbird food, humming birds, hummingbird food recipe

Attract beautiful hummingbirds to your backyard or garden with this simple homemade hummingbird food recipe!

 

Attract beautiful hummingbirds to your backyard or garden with this simple homemade hummingbird food recipe!

Attract beautiful hummingbirds to your backyard or garden with this simple homemade hummingbird food recipe!

 

Learn about attracting hummingbirds to your garden in this post: Little Known Ways to Attract Hummingbirds to your Garden

This easy and quick homemade hummingbird recipe will be sure to bring lots of these magical and exciting birds to your outdoor space!

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1 Response
  1. Hi Melissa, I enjoy your blog and I love hummingbirds. However, the idea that red dye is harmful to hummingbirds is a myth.

    According to The Backyard Bird Feeders Bible by Sally Roth, 2000, “The truth is that there are no scientific studies that indicate a negative effect on hummingbirds from red dye. However, the rest of the story is that colored nectar doesn’t attract any more hummingbirds that clear nectar, as long as there’s a bit of red plastic near the feeding ports.”
    If you google “red dye in hummingbird feeders’, you will similar results.
    I have been a very amateur bird watcher for about 25 years. Post more bird photos! I bet others will enjoy them as much as I will.
    Nama Webb

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