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This is the standard ratio for homemade nectar, but be advised red food coloring is unnecessary and can be harmful to our tiny feathered friends

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pfoenix50 May 22, 2015

PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS RECIPE! Hummingbird experts have done research and will tell you over and over to not ever use red food coloring, which is Red Dye, a petrochemical, in hummingbird nectar. It harms hummingbirds. Experts also tell us to always, and only use the 4 to 1 ratio. That is 4 parts water and 1 part pure granulated cane sugar. Only. Please follow the experts from Audubon to Cornell U Ornithology and make it right or don't make it at all.

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Jan W. March 21, 2015

Use a red feeder and you shouldn't need to color the nectar.

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John W. July 15, 2015

Just a suggestion....in my research I also found that red dye was questionable....my solution was to buy a red glass jar feeder...Perky Pet makes them. This provided the red color they gravitate to yet not the risk the dye might cause.

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rachelnorth July 09, 2015

Please don't add food coloring to your hummingbird food. Just get a brightly colored feeder to represent the color of flowers. Flower nectar has no color and food dye is harmful so leave it out of your homemade nectar. See this link:<br/><br/>http://www.allaboutbirds.org/page.aspx?pid=1181

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Christine S. April 02, 2014

Easy to make, must be tasty cuz my birdies are fighting over it! My hummingbirds thank you for supper!

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MommaEllen June 25, 2008

i work in a store that sells commercial hummingbird food and its all can do to keep my mouth shut (sometimes i can't resist)when someone buys it - its so expensive!! i've been making my own humming bird food ever since we moved to missouri 4 years ago and my hummers love it (i do use the red food coloring) my big problem this year is that the woodpeckers have discovered my hummingbird feeders and won't leave them alone!! i keep food out for the woodys too - but they always come to my hummingbird feeders for dessert! after reading all of the comments about the food coloring being bad for my hummers - i stopped using the food coloring in mine. the hummingbirds still love it and i think the woodpeckers have backed off my feeders a little.

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r_mess July 29, 2007

Gingerkitten, this is the same solution I use to feed my little hummingbirds and they told me it gets a 5 star rating! ; )

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Bev July 29, 2003

I love this easy recipe! I boil the water first, then add the sugar and let it cool. Luckily, I don't need to add the food coloring. Thanks for a great recipe to share with our feathered friends!

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hungrymama July 01, 2010

So easy to make and keeps the hummingbirds coming back for more! So much better than buying the powder or liquid! Thanks for posting this recipe, it is used weekly at our place! :)

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V.A. August 18, 2009
Hummingbird Nectar