Making your own hummingbird food is quick, cheap and easy. Sure, you can buy hummingbird food that you can mix up for a couple dollars or the pre-made stuff for about $5 a bottle, but that hummingbird food has dyes in it that are not good for the hummingbirds. Some people like the idea of the red color because it has been used in the marketing of bird feeders so much, but it’s much better to make your own.
All you need to make hummingbird food is sugar and water. Making your own will cost you just pennies for 1 cup of hummingbird food.
The formula for it is easy. It is a 4:1 mixture. Four parts water to one part sugar, or think of it this way 1/4 C of sugar for every 1 C of water.
The easiest way to determine how much water and sugar you need is to figure out how much water you need. The easiest way to do that is to put water in to the reservoir, then pour that water in to a liquid measuring cup. Let that be your guide to figure out how much water you need. Some of it will evaporate while boiling the mixture, but that’s okay.
Can you tell how much I need in each of the above hummingbird feeders? Well, the glass one hold 1 1/2 cups of liquid and the plastic one only hold 1 cup. I wish I had taken a picture with the third one I have (finally found it!) and it is not as tall as these but wider and takes 2 cups of water.
When you have figured out your measurements of water and sugar needed, put both of those ingredients in an appropriately sized pot. Bring to a boil and continue boiling for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Heating the water and sugar will make sure that the sugar completely dissolves. Allow the mixture to cool completely before putting it in the hummingbird feeders. When you pour the mixture in to a feeder, be sure to use a funnel. That will make pouring in to the small opening much easier.
If you don’t already have a hummingbird feeder, you can easily pick them up at any hardware store and general merchandise store like Wal-Mart. I have even purchased one from the Dollar Tree (my 2 Cup size one.)
If you prefer to buy it online, but are looking for an inexpensive one, I have found a few that are all under $10 that you can check out.
- Lantern Hummingbird Feeder
- Garden Collection Hanging Hummingbird Feeder
- First Nature 32-ounce Hummingbird Feeder
- Perky Pet 8oz. Window Mount Hummingbird Feeder
Then sit back and enjoy watching the hummingbirds come to your feeder!
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