Thursday, March 12, 2009

Hummingbird Food Home-Made Recipe

It's that wonderful time of year again. Today our hummingbirds came back. We had such a gorgeous sunny day.
It's time for me to make their food again. I found the recipe on the Internet. It cost just pennies.
Hummingbird Nectar Recipe

1 part sugar/4 parts water

Boil the water first, then measure and add sugar, at the rate of 1/4 cup of sugar to 1 cup of water.

Let cool and store excess in refrigerator until ready to use.

Do not add food coloring, honey (which ferments), or artificial sweetener, which has no nutritional value.

You will need to clean your feeder about once a week. According to the National Audubon Society, this should be done by rinsing with one part white vinegar to four parts water. If the feeder is dirty, try adding a few grains of dry rice to the vinegar solution to help scrub it clean. Follow the vinegar wash by rinsing three times with clear, warm water before refilling with sugar solution.
"The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him." Nahum 1:7


Heather said...

i'm going to share this with my mother in law. she has hummingbird feeders in her yard in Texas. i'm not sure what she feeds them, but maybe she'll like your homemade recipe!

Cottage Contessa said...

Hi Kathi! I'll have to share this recipe with my sister, Sonya. She's on a farm and always looking for info like this. Wishing you a wonderful day sweetie!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Lady Farmer said...

Oh Dear! You mean I need to feed hummingbirds already? I'm going through 50 lbs of bird seed every couple of weeks and now sugar! Haha
The little buggers are worth it though. They are so fun to watch?
I wonder ~ I use "organic sugar" which is evaporated cane juice. Do you think it matters to the hummers? Should be better for them, don't you think?

Sweet Nothings said...

Thanks for sharing this! Sounds like a fun idea and it would be wonderful to have hummingbirds around our little home! Love you!

Judy said...

Thanks for the recipe Kathi, I just hate buying the costly nectar you get at the stores.

luvmy4sons said...

Any idea how to keep the ants away? I love hummingbirds!

A Romantic Porch said...

HHHmmm our hummingbirds don't come until April, but I wonder if I should go ahead and put out some nectar...maybe they are already here and I don't realize's so cold! xorachel

Elena said...

I love hummingbirds too! The recipe and cleaning info is so great to have. Thanks for sharing this:)

Kelly said...

How cute, Kathi! Grace would love to make that!

Stephanie said...

O yes the Humming Birds, they are so fun to watch . I cant get them to come to my yard no matter what I do!! I will have to try again this year :)
Have a great weekend :)

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