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How to Make Homemade Hummingbird Food

Updated on March 11, 2013

Homemade Hummingbird Food Recipe

If you are a hummingbird lover like me, than you enjoy putting up a feeder for the hummingbirds to go to and eat from. What I don't like about feeding hummingbirds is the cost of the food to put into the feeder. This recipe will save you a lot of money, and is so easy to make ! You can purchase it in two different ways, power or ready made liquid, both of which are costly. You're going to spend the most on the ready made liquid hummingbird food. Even the powdered food is costly considering the amount of food you are able to make with it. It is extremely easy to make your own homemade hummingbird food. Here's what you need:

* 1 cup water

* 1 cup granulated sugar

* small pan

In your small pan, bring your water to a boil. Add the granulated sugar and stir slowly until dissolved. Turn off the heat and remove the pan from the burner. Let sit until cool and fill your feeder.

If you need to make a larger amount just use equal amounts of water and sugar.


Adding "Red" to Homemade Hummingbird Food

One of the fallacies of homemade hummingbird food is that you have to add some sort of red coloring to the liquid to attract the hummingbirds, this is not true. Most feeders are red, this coloring on the feeder itself will attract the hummingbirds. Not the liquid being red.


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      Thelma Raker Coffone 6 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

      Thanks for the interesting hub. My husband and I are planning to make some hummingbird feeders to sell and you have given me a great idea for making some of the food solution to sell along with the feeder. Voted your hub "UP" and interesting.

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      Sneha Sunny 6 years ago from India

      useful... never thought of keeping humming bird as a pet....

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      Good idea! You also want to change it frequently because when it ferments it can be detrimental to the hummingbirds, even fatal.