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The Best Homemade Hummingbird Food

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


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


  • 4 cups very hot tap water
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar


  • Boil your water on the stove for 1 minute.
  • Remove the water from the stove and stir in the sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves.
  • Allow the mixture to come to room temperature.
  • Fill your humming bird feeder as directed on individual instructions.
  • Store leftover sugar water in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.


  • If there is noticeable signs of mold on your sugar water before 2 weeks, discard and make a fresh batch.
  • Please do NOT use red dye. 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.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Category: Hobby Farm
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Hummingbird

Keywords: hummingbird food, hummingbirds, hummingbird food recipe, attracting hummingbirds, hummingbird nectar,