Hummingbird Feeding Solution

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 2 mins

I thought I would post this recipe for Hummingbird Feeding Solution, because it took me a while to find it!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  2. Boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Cool completely.
  4. DO NOT add food coloring to water!
  5. Fill your hummingbird feeder and keep remaining feeding solution in the refrigerator up to one week.
Most Helpful

Actually you DO NEED to boil off the water as you do not want any bacteria that may be in the sugar OR the water, such as fluoride. Hummingbirds have very sensitive stomachs and a speck of bacteria can kill them. If you are going to provide home made food for them, do it the right way or don't bother.

cmew223 April 22, 2016

Actually one does not need to boil the water. Put sugar in feeder and add half of the water (hot tap water) and stir or shake until the sugar is dissolved. I use 1 cup of sugar to 2 cups of tap water. Have been doing this for years. I have 8 to 10 hummers off and on all day. They love it and I researched this so I know it's not harmful to them.

thronejb August 09, 2015

yes, the hummingbirds give this 5 stars!!!

karen in tbay June 12, 2011