Hummingbird Nectar Feeding Solution

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Recipe by Darla Emerson

I've done some research and believe this to be the most healthy way to prepare the solution. Never use sugar substitute, brown sugar, honey or organic sugar. Some experts believe red food coloring can be harmful to hummingbirds. Since most hummingbird feeders are red or have some red on them, it is not necessary to add food coloring. *Tip - When first attracting hummingbirds, tie a red ribbon on the bottom of your feeder.

Top Review by Penny Stettinius

Thanks so much for posting. Having the ratio here keeps me from having to Google it every spring. Now my hummers are buzzing, fat and happy!


  1. Bring 4 1/2 cups of filtered water to a boil for 2 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and measure water to be sure you have 4 cups.
  3. Add sugar and allow sugar to dissolve.
  4. Place in refrigerator until cooled.
  5. Fill hummingbird feeders and enjoy.
  6. Store remaining nectar in the refrigerator for up to one week.

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