How To Make Hummingbird Food?

Making Hummingbird Nectar

You can attract these nectar-loving birds to your feeder in a few simple steps.

Hummingbirds are among the smallest birds on the planet, but fanning those tiny wings may be a strenuous exercise. Flapping at up to 90 beats per second consumes calories quickly; hummingbirds must eat a lot to sustain their speed. These industrious birds consume half their body weight in bugs and nectar to satisfy their fast metabolisms, feeding every 10-15 minutes and visiting 1,000-2,000 flowers per day.

You may assist these diligent foragers in getting the nutrition they require by offering their favorite post-workout meal—nectar. With a few basic ingredients, you can make this hummingbird sweet treat at home. Filling your feeder with this DIY pleasure allows you to supplement nectar-rich plants while watching these lovely little birds feast and fly all day.


  • 1/4 cup refined white sugar
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Bowl
  • Spoon

Please do not replace honey, which might encourage dangerous fungal development, or use red food coloring, which is not required and may be detrimental to birds.

  1. Combine the sugar and hot water until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Allow to cool before filling the feeder.
  3. Place your feeder outside and watch for hummingbirds.

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