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The Perfect Hummingbird Food Recipe

Updated on September 14, 2014
How to Make Your Own Hummingbird Food
How to Make Your Own Hummingbird Food

How to Make Your Own Hummingbird Food

Hummingbirds are amazing little creatures and using the right hummingbird food recipe will help attract them by the dozens. The best way to attract hummingbirds is by knowing what they need.

Hummingbirds are small, delicate birds that need plenty of nutrients from food to keep up with their rapid energy. By supplying them with plenty of food (nutrients) you will ensure they are happy and healthy, and plan on staying around. By using the right hummingbird food recipe you can provide them with a plentiful supply of food and also save money from store bought nectar. You will also prevent them from receiving unnecessary chemicals and additives that can actually be harmful and is commonly found in store bought hummingbird nectar.

Below you will find the best recipe for hummingbird food along with tips for attracting hummingbirds, maintaining feeders, how to keep the ants off your hummingbird feeder and much more!

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Do Not Use Red Dyes in Your Hummingbird Food Recipes

Food Coloring Can Harm Hummingbirds

When making your hummingbird food do not add food coloring to the recipe. I know the store bought nectar contains red coloring but it's a special type. Normal cooking dye is not needed and can harm your hummingbirds.

Most hummingbird feeders have red on them so there is no need to add color to the food. If your feeder does not have red on it you can add red ribbons, decorate it with red embellishments or hang it near bright flowers to get the attention of hummingbirds.

Ruby Red-Throated Hummingbird

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Ingredients

  • 1 part sugar
  • 4 parts water

Instructions

  1. Consider using 4 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar. You can store left overs in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  2. Using a medium sauce pan, bring water to a boil. Slowly add in the sugar stirring constantly. Once the sugar is added remove the boiler from the heat and continue to stir until the sugar is well blended.
  3. Allow it to cool completely and the add to your hummingbird feeder.
  4. Do not add red dye. It is NOT needed using a hummingbird feeder.
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When to Feed Hummingbirds

When to Put out Hummingbird Food

Aside from what to feed hummingbirds, the next big question is always when to feed hummingbirds. New hummingbird watchers want to know when to put out hummingbird foods to insure they have it up in time. The answer depends on the region you live in.

Hummingbirds start their migration through the United States at near the end of February. Southern states along the Gulf Coast can start putting out hummingbird feeders around the end of February or early March. Sooner is better in case they arrive a little later. The middle states should be prepared for their arrival near the end of March or early April. The extreme northern states should have their hummingbird feeders out in late April no later than the first week of June.

Learning when to feed hummingbirds in your area make take a little observation for a few years to get the timing right since it will vary by a few days in your area. Remember, they fly from the south to the north and hit the Gulf Coast around the end of February and make it to the far North near Maine by the first week of June. Have your feeders out accordingly. It's better to be early than late. You don't want them to arrive without food and set up home in the neighbors yard.

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hummingbird food recipe

When to Change Your Hummingbird Nectar

Hummingbird Nectar Needs to Be Changed if Not Eaten With in a Few Days!

Many people fail to realize that hummingbird nectar needs to be changed if it is not eaten with in a week or so. The sugars in both homemade and store bought nectar can grow bacteria and yeast. This can be harmful and prevent your hummingbirds from coming back.

Change Your Hummingbird Food During Hot Weather

During normal temperatures below 70 degrees F you should change your hummingbird food every 7-10 days. Hotter temperatures will result in needing to change the food more often.

High temperatures Change nectar after

71-75 6 days

76-80 5 days

81-84 4 days

85-88 3 days

89-92 2 days

93+ change daily

If you live in hotter regions that require your food to be changed every few days consider only filling your feed with one cup of food each time. This will prevent waste and the need to make a new batch every other day.

Change Your Hummingbird Food if it is Cloudy

Cloudy hummingbird nectar is a sign that something has gone wrong. Either it has gotten two hot, has bacteria in it or fine particles have caused an algae bloom.

Anytime your hummingbird food becomes cloudy you should was your hummingbird feeder inside and out and refill with fresh nectar.

Hummingbird Feeders

Aspects 367 Hummzinger Ultra Hummingbird Feeder, 12-Ounce
Aspects 367 Hummzinger Ultra Hummingbird Feeder, 12-Ounce

The Ultra Hummingbird feeder holds 12 ounces of hummingbird food and is equipped with raised flowers to divert rain and a build in more to prevent ants.

 

Prevent Ants from Getting to Your Hummingbird Feeder

Ants, bees and a few other insects are a notorious for invading hummingbird feeders. Anytime you have an invasion of insects on your hummingbird feeder you will need to clean and refill it.

Hummingbirds will not eat from food that has ants in or around the feeder for safety reasons so be sure to stay on top of this. There are certain hummingbird feeders that are made to prevent ants by including a moat in the design. If your feeder does not have a moat, you can purchase one separately fairly cheap. You can choose from a simple umbrella style moat or a more elaborate decorative one to add more design to your feeder.

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hummingbird feeder recipe

Keep Your Hummingbird Food Fresh

A Fresh, Dependable Source of Hummingbird Nectar is the Key to Keeping Your Hummingbirds Coming Back!

Hummingbirds need plenty of energy. They will go where ever it takes to get nectar that contains sugars to produce their much needed energy. If you want to keep your hummingbirds close and see them often then you will need to make sure you keep a fresh, dependable supply of hummingbird nectar.

It's also a great idea to plant flowers that attract hummingbirds so that they can take up the slack if your feeder runs out before you can refill it.

How to Attract More Hummingbirds

Learn more about how to attract hummingbirds including how to create the perfect environment, water supply and more.
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      Juanita Larson 5 months ago

      For the past 6 years I have had a nesting hummer on my front porch two setting each year two babies each setting . Last year I lost both mother and babies nest was destroyed my heart was broken I did not know if they would come back but now I have one setting in her newly built nest so counting the days for a new little family

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      MARY S. 14 months ago

      WHAT IS WRONG WITH BEET SUGAR I WAS JUST GETTING READ TO PUT SOME IN A FEEDER?

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      Debbie 2 years ago

      My feeder doesn't have a moat, but it hangs from a center wire. I took a plastic cover from a small coffee can and put a small hole in the center. I fed the wire through the hole and fill it with water to keep the ants out. Works like a charm!

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      Mariana 2 years ago

      PLEASE don't feed junk sugar to hummingbirds, it eventually kills them. The food they get naturally from plants its not refined sugar, it has a balanced mixture of nutrients. When you give them sugar water they miss on the valuable nutrients in the nectar of plants and eventually their system collapse and they die of undernourishment. Let them feed naturally from plant nectar. Plant a flower garden instead.

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      Blackspaniel1 2 years ago

      This looks like the best way to photograph hummingbirds. When feding from flowers they are such a blur.

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      cutterdee 2 years ago

      I live in the central part of western Washington. I have been feeding 3 hummers all winter. 2 weeks ago a red throated hummer joined my little group. So now feeding 4. I only put out 8 oz of food at a time. When the nights get into the 20s I bring the feeder in, put it back out just about dawn.

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      pipeman1000 2 years ago

      no yellow color that will attract bees

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      pipeman1000 2 years ago

      cane sugar only what is wrong with you people[ not sugar beets]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Cozette K 2 years ago

      Sorry, I meant to say clorox. A small amount of clorox water. Then rinse and rinse it out! Use a bottle brush. Never use any type of dye. They will find the feeders if they are around.

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      Cozette K 2 years ago

      Please make sure you wash the feeders when you refill them. I put a very tiny amount of color of in the water and rinse out the feeder. I also use a long brush to scrub the inside. Then rinse and rinse! I also scrub where they eat out of. Happy Humming!

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      patc 3 years ago

      I actually add more sugar to the water during late summer, especially Sept...they will soon start their flight south and will need extra energy. Next year, I'll buy the hummingbird feeders that have the raised flowers and the mesh covering the holes to avoid the bees. This is the first year I had a bee problem and it just started towards the end of August.

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      mary-coffee-bready 3 years ago

      @pooterblossom: They should get everything else they need from plants and insects. The sugar water is for energy I think.

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      Stephanie 3 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @cheli-dappen: No! Painting is FINE! You can also tie red, pink or other brightly colored ribbon to the feeder. Anything that has the bright colors will attract them.

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      cheli-dappen 3 years ago

      The color on the flowers on my feeder has faded. If I paint it will it detract the birds.

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      cheli-dappen 3 years ago

      I have a question, the flowers on my hummingbird feeder have faded. Can I repaint them red, or will the paint smell detract them.

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      ilenespurlin 3 years ago

      I have a lot of hummingbirds, and times the ants start to become a problem. I put a dab of mayonnaise on the hanger and ants are no longer a problem.

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      j6girl9 3 years ago

      @maridots69: My neighbors have feeders out and they seem to all flock around mine... I use about a 50/50 mixture... I have tons of them while my neighbor who has 4 feeders out gets very few unless my feeder is empty :o}

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      pooterblossom 3 years ago

      What about vitamins and minerals? They can live on sugar alone?

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      jenny43 3 years ago

      Can also hang feeder from tiny jewelry wire which the ants will not go over. :)

      Notice that there are no nutrients but carbs, i.e., sugar. Audubon or your local birding store will have sugar syrup or powder with nutrients that are needed.

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      brenda-vieira-7771 3 years ago

      I live in ma . The humming birds here do not seem to eat from feeders that do not have the yellow flower in the center of the red flower . I an neighbors have bought Al kinds of feeders for them . The only ones are the small cheap plastic ones . They empty them like no tomorrow . We are making more every couple days . Love them to come an visit . Beautiful looking birds . We put the feeders in plant pots right in front of us here they come . Need to take pictures . Boo 'hood camera broken .

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      linda-christoffersen-14 3 years ago

      My Humming Birds last year where so hungry for my nectar that they were bouncing on each others shoulders to take make each other move so they could take turns . I had 4 big feeders and had to fill them every other day , they were flying around like a swarm of Bees .. it was amazing . My mixture is 6 cups of water to 4 cups of sugar . Then I boil it for 2 minutes and let it cool down . Sometimes I add a 1/4 teaspoon organic cherry juice to the mixture too . Everyone in the neighborhood is jealous because they are all over at my house .

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      wonderforest 3 years ago

      This is a great article! I noticed an increase in hummingbirds in my yard about a year or so ago and concocted this diy hummingbird feeder, if anyone else wants to make one, check it out, just google "wonder forest hummingbird" :)

      xo dana

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      elaine-williams-7169709 3 years ago

      I hang one of my feeders at my kitchen window so I can watch without disturbing, but ants took it over. After researching, I found a simple solution...I hang the feeder from twine that has been coated in Vaseline. No more ants! You can also wrap whatever you hang your feeders with in aluminum foil...ants won't go across it.

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      dixievegandarling 3 years ago

      @sebastian-paquin: I would love to see that many humming birds here! I am lucky to see 3 or 4 at a time and although I have seen on a couple of times I have not seen them feed. That doesn't mean they haven't but I just have not seen them.

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      jeanie-norwood 3 years ago

      @elaine-williams-7169709: I have read on other bird sites that the Vaseline can get on their feathers and cause them problems. For the first time last year, as suggested on birder sites, I used feeders without yellow centers and did not have a problem with ants or bees.

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      junes-w1 3 years ago

      Appreciate ! Very informative!

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      maridots69 3 years ago

      @sebastian-paquin: No reason to harrass you when your comments are right on Sebastian. But I do have a question.. does it hurt, in your opinion, to have the concentration even stronger? My son insists on almost a 50/50 ratio. I buy sugar in 25 pound bags in the summer time. We hang at least 6 feeders and sit back and enjoy the birds here near Dallas. I love hearing their chirping and their ability to fly like helicopters is amazing. They're always worth the investment cost of sugar for the hours of enjoyment.

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      ddp1548 3 years ago

      @sebastian-paquin: I do the same and you are right

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      ddp1548 3 years ago

      @jacobsonberggren: here in northern middle Tennessee I already have about 8 and I always use the ant mote (no ants ) they are the best , I normally have between 20 to 30 hummers most all summer ,

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      max08520 3 years ago

      @sebastian-paquin: LMAO, THANK YOU FOR YOUR EXPERIENCE!

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      sebastian-paquin 3 years ago

      Hummingbirds feed on flower that typically have a concentration of sugar of 33% or greater. It turns out that flower are pretty sweet and the birds know it. 1:4 while being sweet to us is weak tea to them. 25% isn't bad but 30% is getting closer to what they get from Agave or birds of paradise. Remember it's a numbers game, they need X amount of sugar/hour, which means if they don't get it from your feeder they have to spend the fuel to fly to where they will. Increasing the sugar seems counter intuitive cause we deal with children s want for it but too much water for the birds makes their kidneys work harder than with normal flower nectar.

      My recipe is (in a 10 cup juice pot)--

      2.5 cups of sweet (granulated cane sugar)

      7 cups of water

      35% concentration is well within their typical flower nectar and they don't need to come back so often. Even though they empty all 4 of my 16 oz feeders every day right here in the middle of Los Angeles next to the L.A. river. That is close to 64 oz of nectar. Every bird in my zip code comes to visit. sometimes 20 or more at a time.

      Please don't comment or harass me with what you think is right or wrong, do the research, read the articles and stop thinking they are human children.

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      juliaskersey 3 years ago

      @DianeT500: It says that store bought nectar has a red coloring that wont harm the birds but not to use red dye from home.

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      55jitterbug 3 years ago

      I was told that if I spray the outside of the feeded with avons original "skin so soft" that it will keep ants away, the ants don't like this but it doesn't seem to effect the hummers, also , if u put mint around the openings, it will keep bees, wasps etc away. I tried it & it worked.

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      itzmaurine 3 years ago

      We hang our feeder from a Shepards Hook and spread heavy grease about 2 ft. up to deter ants.

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      jacobsonberggren 3 years ago

      Nearly all the snow is gone and the hummers will be here soon! Get your feeders cleaned and ready!

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      tyreynolds0123 3 years ago

      Any recycled material DIY humming bird feeders?

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      karen-genosa 3 years ago

      what can you do if bees and yellow jacks go into the feeders? I tried oil but they still get in!

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      bjfoxglove 3 years ago

      I use the same recipe for nectar as you suggested. It works great and birds really like it. Nice lens

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

      Beautiful Lens! Come and check it out on our Facebook page "The Green Thumb: A Place For Gardeners To Gather". Please like/share it with your friends!

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      DianeT500 3 years ago

      interesting that all your photos here has red liquid but your recipe says no red dye

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      laurie-cook-1000 3 years ago

      @glenn-brocken: it is 4 to one - 4 cups water... 1 cup sugar...boil water - add sugar - remove from heat - stir until sugar is dissolved and then place in clean feeder - wait until cool to hang.

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      LGasper 3 years ago

      The more flower plants and feeders you have, the more birds you'll attract. I've been using this nectar recipe for years, but I freeze a cup of it and each time I refill (daily usually - we live in OK), I drop a couple cubes of the frozen nectar into the feeder. It helps keep the temp down a little, and the birds seem to love it.

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      laurie-adams-3760 3 years ago

      I love feeding all the creatures that appear at my feeder. I love them so much I don't EVER use tap water, complete with fluoride and chlorine and ? Instead I use filtered water or spring water when I boil it. I also only use non-GMO, raw, organic sugar. I believe our good intentions should indeed be good and not harmful. I certainly hope this does not offend anyone, my own conscious made me pot it.

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      wessharon-pierce 3 years ago

      I live in North Florida and have the Ruby Throated hummingbirds! To my surprise I started leaving my feeders up year round and for the last several years I have hosted the Rufous hummingbirds. One year a male showed up at my feeder the first of Dec. and stayed until March! This year a female showed up in November and the male Rufous the first of Jan. and he looks like the one from last year!! It has really been a treat!! Lesson learned, keep those feeders up and maintained!!!

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      yvonne-mradterry 3 years ago

      I also make my own Hummingbird Food, just like the recipe, except for one little thing, I don't use tap water, I buy a jug of either Distilled or spring water, it seems like it doesn't get cloudy so fast, is crystal clear, I hang my feeders in the Butterfly Bush, and also in the Trumpet Vines... This is a cover so they don't get frighten when they see big birds, like hawks flying around...

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      bsuth49 3 years ago

      Minus 5 C on Vancouver Island with three hummingbirds looking for food. So I am alternating two feeders with 4 to 1 water and sugar to prevent from freezing. Birds have been feeding steadily all day. Shouldn't they have gone south for winter?

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @glenn-brocken: Glenn, It's in the article, near the top. In it's own section...

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      glenn-brocken 4 years ago

      I have read this article twice and I see no recipe for the nectar. I guess I will be using the store bought stuff. It seems to attract them like crazy when I use it. Ants and bees are the only issues I have but read some great tips here.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a question for all - how do you keep squirrels from drinking from the hummingbird feeder? I have a bottle type feeder. The squirrel hangs upside down, tilts the feeder, and drinks drink the food. I add cayenne pepper to bird seed, but was wondering if there is an equivalent for hummingbird food. Thank you.

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      Mickie Goad 4 years ago

      My husband is actually the one who feeds the hummingbirds. I am emailing him your hummingbird food recipe so he can see how to save some money by making our own food for the birds.

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      Molly my indoor Siamese loves the hummingbirds. We have the feeder outside the sliding glass door. She chatters to the birds and they actually come down low and talk to her. I have seen them looking in the door to see where she is at if she is not in the kitchen. The birds are now sharing their feeder with Scott's orioles who have been showing up lately. They are not happy with the yellow birds. Molly isn't so sure about them either as they are quite a bit bigger than the hummingbirds. It is funny as a few houses from me people also have feeders out, but have not seen the orioles. They are further north than what they are supposed to be according to the bird book, but we enjoy seeing them. Even though they get the bird feeder spinning and we end up with sugar water all over the sliding glass door.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I use this recipe, I live in Southern California and the humming birds go crazy at the feeders.

      My feeders hold 2 cups per feeder and I have to refill every morning. Sometimes we have 12+

      Hummingbirds chasing each other around, It a blast.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @CrazyHomemaker: I'm in southern Calif and have seen up to 12-13 at once on my 4 feeders, usually getting their last 'fill-up' for the day in the summer eve. They are a mixture of Rufous and Allen's Hummingbirds and some are very territorial during the day, but at night they all come together.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I live in southern Calif and have hummingbirds all year round, some of which are unique. I don't personally have other flowers nearby and I usually have 4 feeders avail. These certainly don't need for me to add additional food items such as vitamins.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Teresa Matthews-I put a very small amount of Vaseline on the line/string/cord, where the feeder is hanging from at the top of the nail/hook. This works great and it comes off when I wash it in soapy hot water. Using the Vaseline has kept all ants away every time. Just make sure you do this each time you refill the feeder. I put it on with my finger after I've hung my feeder with fresh nectar.

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      jacobwaugh 4 years ago

      Great Lens! Thank you for sharing this lens "The Perfect Hummingbird Food Recipe". Congrats on Lens of the Day too!!

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      seodress 4 years ago

      Love this little creature.

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      I love the itsy bitsy creatures :)

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      The_Mommy_Person 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You are incorrect. Given a choice any creature will choose the sugar over what is best/needed. Again, my 25+ years in wildlife rehab and my degree in zoo and aquarium science which includes ornithology plus my volunteer work at the aviary more than supports adding the vitamins to the feeders

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      The_Mommy_Person 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Research? How about a degree in Zoo and Aquarium Science (which more than includes ornithology) as well as 25+ years in wildlife rehabilitation. Yes if you stop putting it out they would be fine but that is not why people put the feeders out which you would understand if you actually took time to read without the know it all attitude getting in the way which most of the time ends up being partially if not completely incorrect. Certain plants around your home will not draw them in to be observed as the feeders do which is why the people put out the feeders in the first place, not because they are worried about their intake. As far as the vitamins, it is akin to constantly rewarding your kids with candy, given a choice the sugar will be preferred over what is best and as most parents know and do, you add in things for their health just as one should do for the birds and other animals.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just reading comments and wish people would do a little research. Sugar/water is all hummingbirds need from you? As a matter of fact, if you stop putting it out they would still be just fine. They use the sucrose for energy and get their nutrients from insects. Enjoy them at your feeder but don't worry about supplementing their diet in any other way. One post mentioned adding liquid vitamins to the nectar and that should never be done.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @The_Mommy_Person: Do not add vitamins...they are not sustained by the sugar water, it supply's sucrose for energy. They eat insects for nutrients, "to sustain life", as you put it. Again, do not put anything but sugar/water in your feeder.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: This is so sad. Wake up America. thanks for posting.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      MY HUSBAND BUILT A SWING FOR ARE HUMMINGBIRDS THEY LOVE TO SWING,AND WE HAVE LOTS OF FLOWERS BY THE FEEDER THEY LOVE THEM WE REALLY ENJOY WATCHING ALL THE DIFFERENT COLOR HUMMINGBIRDS

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Anna's Hummingbirds live in the area year round. Winter nectar feeding is very important for them. Be sure to bring your feeder in at night so it doesn't freeze, put it out early in the morning. You will have them visiting you all year long.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Bees need food too. I would never spray insecticide in the air at a bee (is it a yellow jacket?). We need to stop using chemical poisons - they are indiscriminate. What if the hummer comes flying through the same air or the poison settles on the plants and flowers around the feed. Not a good thing.

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      orcamom lm 4 years ago

      Just what I needed thanks - the recipe for the hummingbird food.

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      Arod17 4 years ago

      these are some helpful tips

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would recommend to use organic sugar as most sugars are now made with roundup ready sugar beets. The GMO sugars (non organic) contain their own built in pesticides which in time will cause death to the birds as is evidence with the honey bee declines.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      good lens. I like this graceful bird.

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      BW Duerr 4 years ago from Henrietta, New York

      Looking for a great hummingbird nectar recipe... and here it is! Thanks so much for that and the great tips you've included. I would have never thought to not add dye. The hummingbirds thank you for that. :)

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      WordChipper 4 years ago

      We have a feeder at the cottage. Those little guys are hungry!

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      Nijabar 4 years ago

      I must admit that I don't have a clue about hummingbirds, but I couldn't stop reading. Everyday I learn something new. Niiice!

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      clouda9 lm 4 years ago

      Love learning new things (i.e. When to Change Your Hummingbird Nectar)...love this page.

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      BarbsSpot 4 years ago

      @Lensmaster...Congrats on the Purple Star and LOTD! Beautiful Lens! I love to watch Hummingbirds, and had some every summer where I lived before I moved to my present digs.

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      Thomas F. Wuthrich 4 years ago from Michigan

      Very interesting lens! I'm curious as to whether or not hummingbirds ever become habituated to the sugar water in the feeder to the exclusion of feeding on plant nectar. I assume that plant nectar contains more nutrients. Does the storebought nectar contain nutrients in addition to the sugar?

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      Karamerica 4 years ago

      Thanks for all the tips! Great lens!

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      biparker 4 years ago

      Great! I love this lens. Thanks! I wanted to start to feed them but not sure what to use and didn't want to use red die or similar. I'll use raw sugar' I agree is good for any creature

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      The_Mommy_Person 4 years ago

      @storytimesam: I have not heard that, however raw sugar over processed is always better for any creature.

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      yonique88 4 years ago

      Congratulations on getting LOTD. In Jamaica, the national bird, the doctor bird, is a relative of the hummingbird. I have seen the doctor bird and several species of hummingbirds fly in and out of house garden while growing up. My brothers used to make a bird feeder to attract various birds. They would place rice and other grains in the bird feeder.

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      storytimesam 4 years ago

      Quite interesting and great info. One question... I have often been told that white sugar is even more harmful than dye to the hummingbirds, so, is this true or just an opinion? Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill 4 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Congrats on LOTD. I am pretty sure that we do not get hummingbirds in Australia, so all this is totally new to me!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I use the 4:1 ratio! It's great! They love it! When I get 10+ birds on my 3 feeders that I keep in one area I'm like their drug dealer! They can't get enough! I don't have to change the home brew out they do it for me! There's always that dominant one that tries to chase the others away but they all manage to get their share

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      Congratulations on your LoTD. It is time to take care of our hummingbirds. Thanks for the tips.

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      The_Mommy_Person 4 years ago

      good recipes although sugar water is not enough to sustain life. I add water soluble bird vitamins bought from my local pet supply store to the hummingbird food I make. I also agree that the red coloring is not needed. It is also recommended to have more than 1 feeder up and have them spaced apart if possible as the male hummingbirds get territorial and will guard the feeders they decide are "theirs" and not allow other birds to feed at them, especially other males. I currently have 3 up and have 3 more waiting to be washed and put out. The hummingbirds have been swarming my feeders since late March this year.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I often forget to change the feed and I feel bad about this.

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      blue22d 4 years ago

      Great lens. Four to one is the ratio I use as well. Sure love God's little creatures.

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      redtailvision 4 years ago

      Great lens! We have orange trumpet flowers and hanging baskets of petunias that they love.

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 4 years ago from Johanesburg

      Nice lens, thanks for sharing

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Thank you for this great lens. So many people love the little hummingbird yet cause it great harm because they do not understand how to feed them. I would add that there is also some opinion that too much sugar in your nectar can cause beak deformity in young hummingbirds. True? False? Don't know. But it's best to err on the side of caution. Great lens! Thanks. d

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      CrazyHomemaker 4 years ago

      Nice lens. I love watching hummingbirds. My neighbor has hers out right now and there was a hummingbird feeding while I was visiting. When we get food out, we've counted 5 of them fighting for the feeder. One sits on my clothesline to wait to chase the others away. Another sits way up high on a nearby oak tree. It's fun to sit near the feeders because it sounds like an airport with all of the buzzing around there. Thanks for the info. It's nice to see the poll and how most people make their own food.

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      ahmedghaith 4 years ago

      Maybe they have so much energy because of all the sugar they consume, lol! I love watching hummingbirds and had attached a feeder to my kitchen window a couple of years ago and they were there every day. They are fascinating to watch. I have recently been thinking about getting a new feeder and will probably purchase one of the ones you have listed, thanks for this very useful information. Great job on the lens!

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      Northerntrials 4 years ago

      And never change the feeder wearing a bright red housecoat like my sister. She got bombed by the little hummers. It was fun to watch. Next time I catch her doing that I'll lock the door and YouTube the invasion.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @aka-rms: Thank you RMS! It's an honor... :) It goes viral on Pinterest during Spring and Summer so I thought it was just one of those super-viral days until I noticed all the comments! Thanks for the support!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @francescajohnston: Thanks!!!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @BestofHalloween: Thanks! It's quite an honor!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @BestWeddings: Thanks Beach!!!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @favored: Glad you enjoyed it!

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @BestGifts2U: It should work for anything that drinks nectar from plants and has the capabilities to drink from the small ports.

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      Stephanie 4 years ago from DeFuniak Springs

      @pheonix76: You do have a point Phoenix. I'm glad you brought it up... You actually CAN purchase ORGANIC nectar that is made from plants and have natural dyes. Those ARE OKAY! :) But if you are gonna buy the dye, be sure to get ORGANIC!