Hummingbirds are fascinating creatures. Here are some helpful tips, including a nectar recipe for use in feeders. Visit our blog for more interesting information about hummingbirds, our products, and related topics.
Hummingbird Nectar RecipeIngredients
4 Parts Water
1 Part White Cane Sugar
Makes approximately 32 oz of nectar
4 Cups Water
1 Cup Sugar
Makes approximately 16 oz of nectar
2 Cups Water
1/2 Cup Sugar
- Mix the sugar and the water and bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
- Allow the solution to cool (important - if you add hot solution to a glass vessel, it can break the glass).
- Fill feeders with the cooled solution.
- Leftover solution can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Be sure to refill the feeders when empty or refresh the nectar every couple of days. Hummingbirds are creatures of habit and often return to the same feeder. If it's empty, they will find another source for nectar. And if the nectar has begun to ferment or mold, they will not use it and find another source.
Nectar will have to be changed more often in hotter temperatures (at least every two days).
Be sure to clean hummingbird feeders with a vinegar and warm water solution when you change the nectar (and rinse well!).
Hummingbird Feeder Placement
If possible, place several feeders in your yard or garden to encourage more birds and alleviate territorial issues. Hummingbirds are very territorial, and an alpha male will vigorously defend his favorite feeder! Place feeders at least 15 feet apart.