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.