DIY Hummingbird Nectar
Hummingbirds will be arriving in my area soon! In anticipation of their aerial antics, I’ve cleaned my feeder, filled it with hummingbird nectar, and now it’s hanging over our deck. I’m looking forward to seeing these little feathered jewels return from their winter migration. They will be hungry and ready to start raising a family very soon.
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I don’t want to use the nectar mix that contains artificial dyes and preservatives, and I’m frugal…so I make my own hummingbird nectar from scratch. If you don’t want to, there are commercially available mixes that are free of dye and preservatives. Pretty cool…if you try them, let me know what you think in the comments, please!
- 4 parts water
- 1 part sugar
Mix water and sugar together in a saucepan and bring to a boil on medium high heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
I usually make a small batch with 1 cup water to 1/4 cup sugar.
For Healthy Hummers
To make sure you are providing the best nectar for your little visitors, please follow these guidelines:
- Do not substitute honey, corn syrup, agave nectar, or diet sweeteners for the sugar.
- Make fresh sugar water each week, or more often if the nectar in feeder gets moldy.
- Clean feeder with water and bleach solution, do not use dish soap.
- Plant hummingbird friendly plants in your yard to provide natural sources of nectar.
Plants To Attract Hummingbirds
- Scarlet runner pole bean
- Pineapple sage
- Scarlet trumpet vine
- Pink or red foxglove
- Coral Bells
- Lemon Bergamot
- Cardinal flower
- Penstemon (red flowers with green leaves)
Enjoying Hummers on Your Homestead
One of the things I enjoy most about living on our homestead is the simple joy of watching wildlife visits. Birds, butterflies, bees, even the pesky rabbits and marauding foxes all have their part to play on our homestead. Even if it is just to remind me of the cycle of life as they make off with one of my chickens. Okay, I don’t enjoy that part so much!
Hummingbirds are definitely a highlight of summer on our homestead. As I wrote this post, the very first Ruby Throated Hummingbird of the season landed on the feeder just outside my window. How cool is that?!
Do you make your own hummingbird nectar? Leave a comment!
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The author lives outside of Chicago with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a variety of poultry.
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