I love watching hummingbirds in the summertime. They bring so much joy and life to my front porch. Every summer I always make my own hummingbird nectar because the red nectar they sell at home improvement stores contains harsh chemicals (sodium benzoate, fd&c #40, etc.) that I just don't want to feed to my hummingbirds. Instead, I make a super simple homemade recipe using just two ingredients I always have on hand: sugar and water.
Homemade Hummingbird Nectar Recipe (2 Ingredients!) + a few tips!
Hummingbird Nectar Recipe:
1 part sugar : 4 parts water
To fill multiple hummingbird feeders, I would recommend doing 4 cups water to 1 cup sugar that way you have enough nectar and then divide the mixture up that way too. Store leftover nectar in a mason jar in the refrigerator for 7-10 days.
Tips to make your Hummingbird watching more enjoyable:
1. Change out old nectar every 2-3 days in the really hot summer months with new nectar to prevent bacteria from building up.
2. Sanitize feeder really well with hot soap and water using small brushes to get in all the nooks and crannies so that you prevent bacterial growth.
3. Purchase an ant moat (they are usually about $5) to prevent an ant infestation in your feeder! Don't skip this step. Ants can be very problematic when having a hummingbird feeder. They can quickly infest the feeder in just a short amount of time - they LOVE sugar! Don't forget to refill the ant moat with more water every few days as it will evaporate.
4. Place hummingbird feeder in a sunny area if possible. If you don't have full sun, a part shade/part sun area will do just fine too.