Homemade Hummingbird Food Recipe
I love all birds feeding in my yard but there is something very special about the hummingbird that simply leaves you in awe when you watch them feed and zip around.
They truly are a wonder of nature!
You do not need to buy the red dye hummingbird food that is on the market..
Make your own, using this simple recipe, and avoid potentially harmful red dyes and food colorings.
Healthy Hummingbird Food
This recipe below will make 2 batches, enough for 2 feeders or simply fill the clean feeder with one half and save the other half in the refrigerator. It will be good for a week. But chances are you will be refilling it often. There are only 2 ingredients needed.
2 cups water
1/2 cup granulated sugar (do not substitute white sugar with anything else)
In a saucepan, over medium heat, bring water and sugar to a boil and stir until it dissolves.
Boil for one minute and then remove from the heat and cool to room temperature with the lid on the pot.
This makes two batches. Split in half and use one batch now and the other can store in the refrigerator for a few days.
Always clean your hummingbird feeder by rinsing it with hot water twice a week, and fill with fresh nectar. I like to do this when it gets dark so as not to put them off finding the feeder.
I find if you do this twice a week the ants don't really get a chance to move in.
Always choose a feeder with a red base to attract the hummingbirds and sometimes orioles. The red on the feeder with attract the hummingbirds, so there is no need to use red colored food.
If you also plant red, orange or pink flowering shrubs or flowers and have the feeder nearby this will get them attracted to your yard.
I have my feeder hanging on a double hook plant pole with a basket of red flowers hanging beside the feeder.
Your reward will be beautiful hummingbirds visiting your yard...