How to Make Food for a Hummingbird Feeder


Hummingbirds are a joy to watch as they fly and swoop around the yard, pausing just long enough to look at you before they zoom away again. If you enjoy hummingbirds, you will want to have several hummingbird feeders around the yard, so they will know where home is. Once you start feeding the hummingbirds, they will come back every year. Save money and make your own hummingbird food instead of buying it.

Step 1

Measure one part granulated sugar with four parts of water in the saucepan. The measurement will depend on how many feeders you plan on filling. For example, mix one-cup sugar to four cups water. This will fill two small feeders.

Step 2

Boil on the stovetop for two minutes. Remove from the stove and let the mixture cool. This is not a necessary step but is beneficial to the hummingbirds because boiling the water will remove any chlorine from the water and also removes any mold spores that may be found in the sugar.

Step 3

Fill the feeders with the cooled water and sugar. It is not necessary to fill the feeders completely unless you are feeding a lot of hummingbirds. Hummingbirds should eat all of the nectar within two days. After two days, if the feeder still has nectar, pour it out and replace it with fresh nectar.

Step 4

Hang the feeders in the middle of flowers, from a tree or on Shepherd's Hooks in the yard.

Step 5

Store any unused food in the refrigerator for up to seven days. When the feeders are empty, rinse the feeders with water and refill.

Things You'll Need

  • Hummingbird feeders
  • Granulated sugar
  • Water
  • Saucepan
  • Measuring cup


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Cathy McClellan has five years' experience in newsprint as an assistant editor and is a freelance writer. She has 20 years' experience working in the medical field and is currently licensed as a Texas Insurance Representative. She also has many years in home improvement and gardening.