How to Make Homemade Hummingbird Food

Hummingbird food is expensive to buy, but easy to make yourself. Homemade hummingbird food has all the essential nutrients, and nothing harmful. Just remember to use clean ingredients so the little birds don’t get sick.

Feeder Safety

Refill your feeder at least once a week, even if all the hummingbird food mixture has not been consumed. Stale hummingbird food can get moldy and sicken the birds.

First, dump any remaining nectar down the drain. Avoid dumping it on the ground as the sweet, sticky substance will attract ants. Clean your feeders by washing them in hot water with a mild detergent. Rinse very carefully to get out all the soap. 

Hummingbird Food Recipe

  • 1 part sugar
  • 4 parts water

A mixture made with a higher sugar concentration might cause liver damage in the birds that drink it. Use ordinary table sugar—not honey, fruit juice or any other sweetener. Do not add red coloring—the birds will be attracted to the feeder without it.

Heat the food mixture in a saucepan until all the sugar has dissolved. Allow the mixture to cool completely before fill your clean feeder.