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DIY Two-Ingredient Hummingbird Nectar

Posted by Julia Reinisch, Contributor | 05.11.2019
 

 



 

Attract Hummingbirds and Songbirds to Your Yard With Natural Food

 

 

Hummingbirds can flap their wings at a rate of up to 90 beats per second! To keep up with their extremely fast metabolism, they have to consume half their body weight in bugs and nectar, feeding every 10-15 minutes and visiting 1,000-2,000 flowers per day according to the National Audubon Society.

 

 

 

 

This recipe was originally published by the National Audobon Society.

 

 

THE RECIPE

 

Step #1 - Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water in a saucepan (for example, 1/4 c of sugar with 1 c of water).

 

Step #2 - Bring the water and sugar to a boil until the sugar dissolves and to kill any bacteria or mold.

 

Step #3 - Once the mixture is cool, use this nectar to fill up your feeder.

 

 

TIPS

 

Storage
You can store extra hummingbird "nectar" in the refrigerator. 

 

Maintenance
Rinse out and replace the hummingbird food every 2-3 days to prevent mold formation.

 

Red Dye
Please do not add red dye into the hummingbird nectar—it's potentially harmful to birds.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Prefer a pre-made mix? You can find ready-to-use hummingbird nectar at JAX Ranch & Home stores.



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