DIY Hummingbird Nectar

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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!


Hummingbird Nectar

DIY Hummingbird Nectar

DIY Hummingbird Nectar

Ingredients

  • 4 parts water
  • 1 part sugar

Instructions

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.

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Choose a feeder that has red ‘flowers’ to attract the hummers to the nectar holes. (Affiliate link)

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.

Bright pink and red Hibiscus flowers attract a lot of hummingbirds! (Affiliate link)

Plants To Attract Hummingbirds

Scarlet Runner Beans provide food for the hummers and for your family! (Affiliate link)

 

Enjoying Hummers on Your Homestead

One of the things I enjoy most about living on our homestead is the simple joy of watching wildlife visit. 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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Lisa writes in-depth articles about gardening and homesteading topics. She grew up on a farm and has continued learning about horticulture, animal husbandry, and home food preservation ever since. She has earned an Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is a self proclaimed gardening freak and crazy chicken lady. In addition to writing for her own websites, Lisa has contributed articles to The Prepper Project and Homestead.org. The author lives outside of Chicago with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a variety of poultry.

4 comments on “DIY Hummingbird Nectar

  1. Anne

    I make my own nectar too. I’ve found it helpful to really space out the feeders if you have more than one. We have one male in particular who is the tiny king of his domain and would chase off any others from the THREE feeders he insisted on hogging. Spacing them out more means more food for everyone and more birds!

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    1. Lisa Lynn Post author

      Oh my gosh…yes! They are so territorial…I have been thinking about putting up another one. There is one male that just sits and watches the feeder so he can chase the others away.
      :/

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  2. Maria Zannini

    Thank you for the list of hummingbird plants. I’m making a note of this post because I plan to re-landcape my front yard with more bee and hummingbird friendly plants.

    re: boiling solution
    I used to boil mine, but now I use filtered water and sugar. So far no one seems to mind and they keep coming back. 🙂

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    1. Lisa Lynn Post author

      Good to know, Maria! Thanks for the tip. 🙂

      Happy to share…I need to plant some more bee friendly plants here. 🙂

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