Making homemade hummingbird food is cheaper, easier, and healthier than buying pre-made food! Find out how to make hummingbird nectar and how to make the process extra quick and easy.
Hello Spring: Make DIY Hummingbird Food
I cannot tell you just how much I love spring! Everything starts coming alive again, there's a fresh smell in the air, and I love the budding trees and blooming flowers.
Spring seriously makes my soul sing.
As soon as I see azaleas blooming in my yard, I know it's time to start making homemade hummingbird food, since there's not much else for them to feed on at that point.
Once the warm weather starts arriving and the flowers start blooming, the hummingbirds are close behind!
NOTE: If you live in a region that is colder than North Carolina's climate, I recommend waiting to make DIY hummingbird nectar until you start to see the grass turning green, small flowers starting to come up from the ground, and the overnight temperatures staying above freezing.
How to Invite Hummingbirds and Enjoy Them
Hummingbirds might be some of the world's smallest birds, but they flap their wings at an astounding average of ~50 beats per second! And it's seriously cool to watch (and hear – it sounds like a miniature helicopter ‘whoop-whoop-whoop')
All that flying burns some serious calories, so hummingbirds search out approximately 1,000-2,000 flowers a day as they feed every 10-15 minutes.
Make some DIY hummingbird nectar and put it out to make their search a little easier – they'll be grateful and come back for more!
The best way to enjoy hummingbirds is to set up feeders then sit and read a book outside (or sit on your porch and watch the world)! We've also seen male hummingbirds warning off other male hummingbirds – what a cool experience!
Why Make Homemade Hummingbird Food Instead of Buying it
Making homemade hummingbird nectar couldn't be easier – seriously! It's so easy to make, that it's a GREAT project to have the kids can help you do. 😘
I used to buy store-bought hummingbird nectar, but I read one time that the red dye is not only unnecessary but possibly harmful to hummingbirds. From then on I started making DIY hummingbird food without any food color and have never looked back.
Making food for them is simple, takes little time, and is cheaper than buying it from a store. Plus, it doesn't contain red dye! I do not put red dye in my food since it isn't needed.
As long as your feeder had the bright red color on it they should still be attracted to the nectar.
How to Make Homemade Hummingbird Food
Follow these simple directions – or grab the printable recipe at the end of those post!
To start the process, I clean my feeders and get them out and ready for the hummingbirds (see cleaning notes in the recipe).
It's important to thoroughly clean your hummingbird feeders in between refills to ensure they don't harbor bacteria or anything else that could harm your hummingbirds.
PRO TIP: I have two Best-1 32 oz. Hummingbird Feeders and I love them! They are the best in terms of being easy to use and clean!
Check Out This Video Showing You How to Clean Your Birdfeeder – it's important and easier than you may think!
Simply combine and boil sugar and water (see the ingredient ratio in the recipe card below).
Boiling the water ensures that the ingredients are combined into nectar and removes any bacteria or other organisms that could make your hummingbirds sick.
DIY hummingbird food is simply cane sugar mixed with water…in other words, it's natural nectar!
Hang your feeder outside in a spot where you can enjoy watching the hummingbirds. Don't forget your Homemade Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent to keep the mosquitoes away!
Making homemade hummingbird food couldn't be easier, right?!
Want an Extra Boost for Attracting Hummingbirds?
Even though the feeder itself is red, planting plants they like nearby helps attract the birds. These tiny birds are attracted to the color red, so pick flowers that have red, pots that are red or stickers – really anything except for dye!
In our yard, we have azaleas, angel-wing begonias (my favorites!), petunias, and impatiens, among other flowers in our yard.
Other plants they love and food sources include:
Don't miss these other great DIY activities for kids! Click the image below!
Homemade Hummingbird Recipe Tips
- I recommend replacing the nectar every 7 days…though I sometimes stretch it just a little longer.
- This is a case where more is better – aim to have at least 2 feeders, and you'll be rewarded for your efforts!
- These tiny birds come back to the same feeders every year, so be sure to follow through and feed those incredible birds!
- Having red plants and flower pots nearby will help attract the birds to your feeders
- If you make more nectar than will fit in your hummingbird feeder, keep the extra stored in the fridge.
Important Tools For Making DIY Hummingbird Food
- Good quality feeders that's easy to clean and use
- Feeder brushes to make sure it's well-cleaned so the birds don't get sick
Tell us in the comments: Do you have hummingbirds? Do you make DIY hummingbird food?