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How to make Hummingbird Food

By Edited Oct 27, 2013 0 0

The best way to attract and observe hummingbirds in your garden is to offer a special hummingbird feeder filled with a simple sugar syrup. This will encourage these beautiful and fascinating birds to return again and again. Even if you don't have a large garden you will probably have enough space to hang a simple feeder outside your window. The steps below show you how to make the syrup to place in your hummingbird feeder.

Things You Will Need

Hummingbird feeder White sugar Water

Step 1

Add white sugar to the water
Fill a saucepan with water. You are going to use four parts water to one part sugar. If you want to make exactly the amount your hummingbird feeder holds you will need to measure the volume of the feeder first. However you can always make more than you need and keep the extra in the fridge.

Step 2

Add the sugar to the water. One part sugar to four parts water. If you live in a very hot area you might want to adjust this to five parts water to slow down the evaporation. The best sugar to use is plain white sugar. Do not use artificial sweeteners or honey as this will harm the hummingbirds.

Step 3

Stir until sugar is dissolved
Bring the mixture to the boil and then stir on a lower heat to dissolve all the sugar. Then remove from the heat and allow to cool. When it is completely cold add to your feeder.
Remember to clean and replace the sugar syrup regularly - at least once a week. Clean the feeder without using any harsh chemicals which might affect the hummingbirds. One way of cleaning your feeder safely is to use vinegar and water.

Tips & Warnings

You don't really need to add any food color to the syrup. The hummingbirds will be attracted by the bright colors on the feeder itself.


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