I love hummingbirds. My mom has so many at her house and it is fun to watch them. But she doesn’t have so many just because she is lucky. They are there because she feeds them! She has several feeders on her deck and it can get pricey to keep buying food (also called nectar) at the garden store, so she explained to me how to make hummingbird food. It’s really easy….and really cheap!
Some people like to add red dye to their hummingbird nectar, but it is NOT NECESSARY! Most hummingbird feeders already have red flowers or other red section and that is more than enough to draw the hummingbirds. The myth that the red color is needed has led some people to use unsafe dyes, which could harm the hummingbirds, so your best bet is to skip the dye completely.
To make your own hummingbird nectar there are only two ingredients – white table sugar and water. They are mixed in a ration of 1 part sugar to 3 parts water. So, if you’re using 1 cup of sugar, you’ll use 3 cups of water. Put the water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Once boiling, add the sugar. Let it continue to boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove from stove and let cool. That’s it! You’re ready to fill your feeders!