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DIY Humming bird Nectar

My mother recently gave me a hummingbird feeder and I checked out the cost of nectar at local stores.  Everyone loves hummingbirds but keeping feeders full can become quite costly.  Why pay retail prices when making your own DIY hummingbird nectar is such an easy to make and budget friendly garden DIY?

Make your Own Hummingbird Nectar

To make your own  hummingbird nectar just follow these instructions:

DIY Hummingbird Nectar Recipe: 

  • 1. mix 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1 c. water together.
  • Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  • Place mixture in pan over medium heat and boil for five minutes.
  • Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • Pour the mixture into hummingbird feeder.
  • Cover any unused hummingbird nectar and refrigerate for up to five days.

Note: Some people add red food coloring,  but I do not recommend this since it can harm the hummingbirds.  Just tie a red ribbon to your feeder if it is not red.

Do you have hummingbirds in your yard?  You may be interested in one of these creative hummingbird feeders.

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Saturday 20th of February 2021

Why do you boil it?

Carol Speake

Sunday 21st of February 2021

Boiling removes any impurities from the water, and this makes it safer for hummingbirds.


Saturday 25th of May 2019

How often should I replace the nectar in the feeder?


Sunday 26th of May 2019

Hummingbird nectar can spoil if not changed, which means hummingbirds will try it once or twice, but then it goes bad and they may never come back. You need to change your nectar, even if it looks like it hasn't lost any, every two days i hot weather.

Lia Joiner

Wednesday 5th of September 2018

My local hummingbabies are fighting over food in my 3 feeders 🤦🏾‍♀️... so here is me quickly cooling this nectar for them! In the middle of a storm lol


Thursday 6th of September 2018

My friend has many hummingbird feeders and they all vie for the food too! It's quite a site to watch. Carol

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