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Hummingbird Nectar

Create your own Hummingbird Nectar with Granulated Pure Cane Sugar! Hummingbirds feed on a combination of flower nectar and insects. Flower nectar is a plain chemical solution of sugar and water, known simply as sugar water. Many suppliers of birdfeeders sell commercially made hummingbird nectar, however hummingbirds seem to prefer homemade sugar water best. Table sugar (sucrose) is the most digestible form of food, giving them the quick burst of energy they rely on.



Bring tap water to a boil; stir in sugar. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature before adding it to your hummingbird feeder. To yield larger portions, mix at the ratio of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. The solution will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Reviews & Comments

Posted by Lynn W.


I have used this recipe for years! It is so easy and my hummingbirds love it. With 5 feeders, i make six batches at a time. The extra goes into a pitcher in the refrigerator. Then I can refill our two most popular feeders mid-week.