Summer Bird Feeders



When the weather starts getting warm and the hummingbirds start appearing around the spring flowers, I know it is time to put out the hummingbird feeders. I like making my own hummingbird nectar, and it is easy and less expensive.

Preparing the Feeders

I gather my feeders and supplies together for preparing the hummingbird nectar.

I start by boiling water to deter contaminants growth so the nectar will not spoil before the birds can drink it. I use 4 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar for the mixture. I dissolve the sugar after the water begins to boil.

After the water cools, I use a funnel to add the mixture into the feeders. I do not add red food dye because it is not recommended or necessary to attract the birds.


Now it is ready to go. I change the water weekly or sooner if consumed. Hummingbirds are amazing birds to watch, and they come back year after year when they know there is a food source. It is definitely worth the effort! These are just a few pictures I took the first week after I set the feeders out.







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9 Comments Add yours

  1. lesliepw says:

    Great pictures and glad to see no red dye!

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    1. SW says:

      Thank you so much Leslie! So happy you enjoyed them!


  2. A great and useful recipe. I still have some red liquid but prefer the natural sugar. Saving that recipe! Here in Northern California, my little Allen family lingers all year long.

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    1. SW says:

      They seem to really enjoy it! It’s so fun to watch them battle over the feeders.

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    2. SW says:

      And thank you! Glad you enjoyed the post!

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    One of my favorite summer birds. I attract them with hanging pots of flowers like Million Bells and things in my garden. There’s always something for them in bloom. It’s funny when sometimes I’m wearing a red floral shirt I have, they fly up to investigate it. ‘Squeak!’ then zoom, off they go!

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    1. SW says:

      I know they love your flowers! They are pretty fearless. They just fly all around when I’m working in the flower beds. They are so much fun to watch!

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  4. I hope you have lots of hummingbirds! Here in northeast Georgia, the hummingbirds came and then left. We have a community Facebook page, and I can’t believe the number of people who posted to it saying the hummingbirds arrived and then disappeared. I had thought I was the only one experiencing this. No one seems to know what happened.

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    1. SW says:

      Thank you! I live in North Louisiana and they have been here for a few weeks. I have had quite a few varieties in fairly large numbers. They usually stay for quite a while and that is odd they just disappeared there. Thanks for letting me know and I’ll definitely watch to see what happens here.

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