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Hummingbird Nectar 4Hummingbird nectar is so easy to make.  Every year around May,  I get out the hummingbird feeder and fill it up with nectar because this is the time of year they start to return to Kentucky.  I usually see one or two scouts and then after a while they come to the feeder in full force.  I love watching them in summer and once you get them started they will come back year after year.  I have been putting out a feeder with hummingbird nectar for several years.  They love the color red and if you have red flowers near the feeder this helps to draw them.

Nearly all hummingbird feeders are red and this is all you need.  You do not have to add red dye to the water. Some people believe the dye is harmful to the birds.  All you need is white granulated sugar and water and they will come. Just be sure and clean the feeder each time you fill it.

This recipe is so easy and if you have any left over just store it in the refrigerator until you need more.  You can even make more and use as needed.


Recipe for Hummingbird Nectar:

1 cup white granulated sugar

4 cups water

Bring to boil on top of the stove. Boil 1 minute. Remove and let cool.

This recipe is so easy and well worth the effort.  I have my feeder outside my living room window and visitors and grandchildren love watching the hummingbirds.  My cousin has many feeders and many hummingbirds that come to her house each summer.  You can do one or however many you want to fill and these beautiful little birds will love you for it!  If you don’t have a feeder get one today and ENJOY!

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  1. Thank you. I had quit feeding the hummers, and I want to get back to feeding. They are all in the yard on the flowers, but I would like to be able see them up close again.
    Thanks again.

  2. Make sure you change it weekly as it sours!

  3. I always make my own humming bird food and I use the same recipe as you but I boil the water in the kettle then add it to the sugar which is in a deep bowl. I mix it until the sugar is absorbed into the water and let it cool. Isn’t this sufficient enough or is it more beneficial to boil the contents on the stove top ?

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