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I agree with you! I stopped using food coloring the beginning of last summer, waited, waited, waited!!! NO hummingbirds! So, I added red food coloring! Hummingbirds! I, too, don't know what to believe as far as the dye goes, I just know that no matter how RED my feeder is, if the nectar isn't RED, I get no hummingbirds and have been feeding them for many years! They are awesome!!!!

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Anonymous May 15, 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

In the winter time, they need a little more sugar. I make it 1 to 3.

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edna.brookes December 05, 2013

Works perfectly- I make a double batch they drink it so quickly. I boil the water first, add the sugar and leave out the red food coloring. Thanks for posting!

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Scout33 June 18, 2010

Thanks for sharing! Works like a charm and it's so easy!

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Punky Julster March 09, 2010

Should have checked here first! Just made the nectar and I am anxiously awaiting our first visitors. They love my flowers so this should make for a nice appy before the flowers are fully bloomed & ready. Can't wait to see our annual visitors up close!

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Chicagoland Chef du Jour July 06, 2009

I have 2 feeders a red and a green and my hummers don't come unless the nectar is red for either. I've used this exact recipe for years and, yes, they love it! I live in Minnesota so I only get to enjoy them for about 6 months a year. So sad!

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bullydog1975 February 19, 2009

I have been making my own hummer food for years, but have been cautioned about using food colouring in the nectar. Though it looks pretty one has to be careful whats in the dye. Your recipe is identical to mine. I get my fine sugar at the health food store.

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Chef Joey Z. August 06, 2007

We have been making nectar for the Hummingbirds like this for years using a higher ratio of sugar. I do not use the red food coloring as I have read on several web sights that the red food coloring is not good for the Hummers. We feed a lot of hummers, we have six 42 ounce feeders that we fill everyday using over 50 pounds of sugar a month.

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Barb Gertz June 20, 2007

We have been using this method for many years, DID use coloring at first, but a friend (who is a Birder) told us to try without. We seem to have MORE hummers now !! Since we live in Maryland, and it is now 90+ degrees many days, we never fill the feeder, but clean and refresh at least once/week.

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NurseJaney June 19, 2007
Hummingbird Nectar