I love the season when hummingbirds show up in our backyard. The first summer we moved into our home, I put out a hummingbird feeder. We have been putting out a feeder every hummingbird season ever since. They give Cooper endless entertainment (of course through the windows)!
I wanted to share with you a simple homemade nectar that is easy for you to make and much better for these beautiful little birds.
That red stuff that you can buy at the store in powder and liquid form makes me cringe. Especially when it is cheap and easy to buy a bag of sugar and make a homemade nectar that is a much better food source for these little flying jewels. I always make a large batch of this homemade nectar to last around two weeks. It depends on how many hummingbird feeders you have, and how many hungry hummingbirds come to your home. They can entertain us all day, so I feel it is only fair to give back to them with a little time in the kitchen making them the essential food source they need. Depending on where you live, they will visit you for the short time period, and then they are gone until the next season. If you want to watch these little birds in action, try making this nectar and putting up a hummingbird feeder!
Homemade Hummingbird Nectar
- 1 cup granulated white sugar Do not use brown sugar or honey
- 4 cups water
- Pour the sugar and water in a pot on the stovetop.
- Dissolve mixture over medium heat. Stir while heating. (Do NOT bring to a boil.)
- Once sugar has dissolved, remove pot from heat.
- Let nectar cool to room temperature.
- Pour prepared nectar in hummingbird feeder and enjoy watching your happy hummingbirds!
Be sure to clean the feeders regularly so bacteria does not build up!