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The Perfect Hummingbird Food Recipe

Stephanie enjoys providing much-needed food for adorable little hummingbirds.

This guide will provide the perfect hummingbird food recipe, as well as tips for how to best care for these magnificent birds.

This guide will provide the perfect hummingbird food recipe, as well as tips for how to best care for these magnificent birds.

How to Make Your Own Hummingbird Food

Hummingbirds are amazing little creatures, and using the right food recipe will help attract them by the dozens. The best way to attract them, however, is by knowing what they need.

Hummingbirds are small, delicate birds that need plenty of nutrients from food to keep up with their rapid energy. By supplying them with plenty of food (nutrients), you will ensure they are happy and healthy and plan on staying around.

By using the right hummingbird food recipe, you can provide them with a plentiful supply of food and also save money by avoiding store-bought nectar. You will also prevent them from receiving unnecessary chemicals and additives that can actually be harmful and are commonly found in store-bought hummingbird nectar.

Below you will find the best recipe for hummingbird food, along with tips for attracting hummingbirds, maintaining feeders, keeping ants off your feeders, and much more!

Avoid Red Dyes: Food Coloring Can Harm Hummingbirds

When making your hummingbird food, do not add food coloring to the recipe. I know the store-bought nectar contains red coloring, but it's a special type. Normal cooking dye is not needed and can harm your hummingbirds.

Most hummingbird feeders have red on them, so there is no need to add color to the food. If your feeder does not have red on it, you can add red ribbons, decorate it with red embellishments, or hang it near bright flowers to get the attention of your feathered friends.

Avoid using red dye in your hummingbird feeder, as food coloring can be harmful to the birds.

Avoid using red dye in your hummingbird feeder, as food coloring can be harmful to the birds.

The Best Hummingbird Food Recipe

Here's a simple, yet perfect recipe for hummingbird food.


  • 1 part sugar
  • 4 parts water


  1. Consider using 4 cups of water and 1 cup of sugar. You can store leftovers in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  2. Using a medium sauce pan, bring water to a boil. Slowly add in the sugar, stirring constantly. Once the sugar is added, remove the boiler from the heat and continue to stir until the sugar is well blended.
  3. Allow it to cool completely and the add to your hummingbird feeder.
  4. Do not add red dye. It is NOT needed when using a hummingbird feeder.

When to Feed Hummingbirds

Aside from what to feed hummingbirds, the next big question is always when to feed them. New hummingbird watchers want to know when to put out the birds' food to ensure they have it up in time. The answer depends on the region you live in.

When You Feed Them Depends on Where You Live

Hummingbirds start their migration through the United States near the end of February. Southern states along the Gulf Coast can start putting out hummingbird feeders around the end of February or early March. Sooner is better in case they arrive a little later.

The middle states should be prepared for their arrival near the end of March or early April. The extreme northern states should have their hummingbird feeders out in late April, no later than the first week of June.

Observe Their Timing for Best Practices

Learning when to feed hummingbirds in your area make take a little observation for a few years to get the timing right, since it will vary by a few days in your area. Remember, they fly from the south to the north and hit the Gulf Coast around the end of February—and make it to the far North near Maine by the first week of June. Have your feeders out accordingly.

It's better to be early than late. You don't want them to arrive without food and set up home in the neighbor's yard.

How often you change your hummingbird food depends on where you live—in extremely hot climates, you may have to change it every day!

How often you change your hummingbird food depends on where you live—in extremely hot climates, you may have to change it every day!

When to Change Your Hummingbird Nectar

Many people fail to realize that hummingbird nectar needs to be changed if it is not eaten within a week or so.

The sugars in both homemade and store-bought nectar can grow bacteria and yeast. This can be harmful and prevent your hummingbirds from coming back.

Change Your Hummingbird Food More Frequently During Hot Weather

During normal temperatures below 70°F, you should change your hummingbird food every 7–10 days.

Hotter temperatures, however, will result in needing to change the food more often. Here are some guidelines to help you know how many days to go in between changing out their food:

  • 71–75°F: 6 days
  • 76–80°F: 5 days
  • 81–84°F: 4 days
  • 85–88°F: 3 days
  • 89–92°F: 2 days
  • 93°F+: change daily

If you live in hotter regions that require your food to be changed every few days, consider only filling your feeder with one cup of food each time. This will prevent waste and the need to make a new batch every other day.

Change Your Hummingbird Food If It Is Cloudy

Cloudy hummingbird nectar is a sign that something has gone wrong. Either it has gotten too hot, has bacteria in it, or fine particles have caused an algae bloom.

Any time your hummingbird food becomes cloudy, you should wash your hummingbird feeder inside and out and refill it with fresh nectar.

How to Prevent Ants From Getting to Your Hummingbird Feeder

Ants, bees, and a few other insects are notorious for invading hummingbird feeders. Anytime you have an invasion of insects on your hummingbird feeder, you will need to clean and refill it.

Hummingbirds will not eat from food that has ants in or around the feeder for safety reasons, so be sure to stay on top of this.

There are certain hummingbird feeders, however, that are made to prevent ants by including a moat in the design. If your feeder does not have a moat, you can purchase one separately fairly cheap. You can choose from a simple umbrella style moat or a more elaborate decorative one to add more design to your feeder.

You can help keep ants and other insects at bay by getting a feeder with a moat.

You can help keep ants and other insects at bay by getting a feeder with a moat.

Keep Your Hummingbird Food Fresh

Hummingbirds need plenty of energy. They will go wherever they need to in order to get sugary nectar to produce their much-needed energy.

If you want to keep your hummingbirds close and see them often, then you will need to make sure you keep a fresh, dependable supply of hummingbird nectar.

It's also a great idea to plant flowers that attract hummingbirds so that the flowers can take up the slack if your feeder runs out before you can refill it.

What are Your Suggestions for Hummingbird Food and Feeders?

pinky singh from Balliya on July 12, 2020:

wow, very nice information about hummingbird but it is available in India.

Rachel Alba on July 04, 2020:

I love humming birds and have a feeder hanging on my front porch. Thanks for the tip for the ratio of sugar to water. I thought that was it, but wasn't sure, now I know for sure.

Have a Blessed Independence Day.

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on June 30, 2020:

I love hummingbirds. Thanks for the information. Such an interesting article.

Zahid Hashmat from Lahore on June 17, 2020:

Nice to look

Zahid Hashmat from Lahore on June 17, 2020:


Maurice Glaude from Mobile on July 08, 2018:

My dad has been doing this all wrong. on April 01, 2018:

What I have read is the way I have been feeding the Hummingbird s

that come around everyone else I love watching them..

Juanita Larson on June 10, 2017:

For the past 6 years I have had a nesting hummer on my front porch two setting each year two babies each setting . Last year I lost both mother and babies nest was destroyed my heart was broken I did not know if they would come back but now I have one setting in her newly built nest so counting the days for a new little family

MARY S. on September 07, 2016:


Debbie on July 27, 2015:

My feeder doesn't have a moat, but it hangs from a center wire. I took a plastic cover from a small coffee can and put a small hole in the center. I fed the wire through the hole and fill it with water to keep the ants out. Works like a charm!

Mariana on July 02, 2015:

PLEASE don't feed junk sugar to hummingbirds, it eventually kills them. The food they get naturally from plants its not refined sugar, it has a balanced mixture of nutrients. When you give them sugar water they miss on the valuable nutrients in the nectar of plants and eventually their system collapse and they die of undernourishment. Let them feed naturally from plant nectar. Plant a flower garden instead.

Blackspaniel1 on February 24, 2015:

This looks like the best way to photograph hummingbirds. When feding from flowers they are such a blur.

cutterdee on February 23, 2015:

I live in the central part of western Washington. I have been feeding 3 hummers all winter. 2 weeks ago a red throated hummer joined my little group. So now feeding 4. I only put out 8 oz of food at a time. When the nights get into the 20s I bring the feeder in, put it back out just about dawn.

pipeman1000 on January 11, 2015:

no yellow color that will attract bees

pipeman1000 on January 11, 2015:

cane sugar only what is wrong with you people[ not sugar beets]!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cozette K on January 08, 2015:

Sorry, I meant to say clorox. A small amount of clorox water. Then rinse and rinse it out! Use a bottle brush. Never use any type of dye. They will find the feeders if they are around.

Cozette K on January 08, 2015:

Please make sure you wash the feeders when you refill them. I put a very tiny amount of color of in the water and rinse out the feeder. I also use a long brush to scrub the inside. Then rinse and rinse! I also scrub where they eat out of. Happy Humming!

patc on September 11, 2014:

I actually add more sugar to the water during late summer, especially Sept...they will soon start their flight south and will need extra energy. Next year, I'll buy the hummingbird feeders that have the raised flowers and the mesh covering the holes to avoid the bees. This is the first year I had a bee problem and it just started towards the end of August.

mary-coffee-bready on June 11, 2014:

@pooterblossom: They should get everything else they need from plants and insects. The sugar water is for energy I think.

Stephanie (author) from DeFuniak Springs on June 10, 2014:

@cheli-dappen: No! Painting is FINE! You can also tie red, pink or other brightly colored ribbon to the feeder. Anything that has the bright colors will attract them.

cheli-dappen on June 10, 2014:

The color on the flowers on my feeder has faded. If I paint it will it detract the birds.

cheli-dappen on June 10, 2014:

I have a question, the flowers on my hummingbird feeder have faded. Can I repaint them red, or will the paint smell detract them.

ilenespurlin on June 10, 2014:

I have a lot of hummingbirds, and times the ants start to become a problem. I put a dab of mayonnaise on the hanger and ants are no longer a problem.

j6girl9 on June 09, 2014:

@maridots69: My neighbors have feeders out and they seem to all flock around mine... I use about a 50/50 mixture... I have tons of them while my neighbor who has 4 feeders out gets very few unless my feeder is empty :o}

pooterblossom on June 09, 2014:

What about vitamins and minerals? They can live on sugar alone?

jenny43 on June 09, 2014:

Can also hang feeder from tiny jewelry wire which the ants will not go over. :)

Notice that there are no nutrients but carbs, i.e., sugar. Audubon or your local birding store will have sugar syrup or powder with nutrients that are needed.

brenda-vieira-7771 on June 09, 2014:

I live in ma . The humming birds here do not seem to eat from feeders that do not have the yellow flower in the center of the red flower . I an neighbors have bought Al kinds of feeders for them . The only ones are the small cheap plastic ones . They empty them like no tomorrow . We are making more every couple days . Love them to come an visit . Beautiful looking birds . We put the feeders in plant pots right in front of us here they come . Need to take pictures . Boo 'hood camera broken .

linda-christoffersen-14 on June 09, 2014:

My Humming Birds last year where so hungry for my nectar that they were bouncing on each others shoulders to take make each other move so they could take turns . I had 4 big feeders and had to fill them every other day , they were flying around like a swarm of Bees .. it was amazing . My mixture is 6 cups of water to 4 cups of sugar . Then I boil it for 2 minutes and let it cool down . Sometimes I add a 1/4 teaspoon organic cherry juice to the mixture too . Everyone in the neighborhood is jealous because they are all over at my house .

wonderforest on April 24, 2014:

This is a great article! I noticed an increase in hummingbirds in my yard about a year or so ago and concocted this diy hummingbird feeder, if anyone else wants to make one, check it out, just google "wonder forest hummingbird" :)

xo dana

dixievegandarling on April 23, 2014:

@sebastian-paquin: I would love to see that many humming birds here! I am lucky to see 3 or 4 at a time and although I have seen on a couple of times I have not seen them feed. That doesn't mean they haven't but I just have not seen them.

jeanie-norwood on April 21, 2014:

@elaine-williams-7169709: I have read on other bird sites that the Vaseline can get on their feathers and cause them problems. For the first time last year, as suggested on birder sites, I used feeders without yellow centers and did not have a problem with ants or bees.

elaine-williams-7169709 on April 17, 2014:

I hang one of my feeders at my kitchen window so I can watch without disturbing, but ants took it over. After researching, I found a simple solution...I hang the feeder from twine that has been coated in Vaseline. No more ants! You can also wrap whatever you hang your feeders with in aluminum foil...ants won't go across it.

junes-w1 on April 16, 2014:

Appreciate ! Very informative!

maridots69 on April 16, 2014:

@sebastian-paquin: No reason to harrass you when your comments are right on Sebastian. But I do have a question.. does it hurt, in your opinion, to have the concentration even stronger? My son insists on almost a 50/50 ratio. I buy sugar in 25 pound bags in the summer time. We hang at least 6 feeders and sit back and enjoy the birds here near Dallas. I love hearing their chirping and their ability to fly like helicopters is amazing. They're always worth the investment cost of sugar for the hours of enjoyment.

ddp1548 on April 15, 2014:

@sebastian-paquin: I do the same and you are right

ddp1548 on April 15, 2014:

@jacobsonberggren: here in northern middle Tennessee I already have about 8 and I always use the ant mote (no ants ) they are the best , I normally have between 20 to 30 hummers most all summer ,

max08520 on April 13, 2014:


sebastian-paquin on April 12, 2014:

Hummingbirds feed on flower that typically have a concentration of sugar of 33% or greater. It turns out that flower are pretty sweet and the birds know it. 1:4 while being sweet to us is weak tea to them. 25% isn't bad but 30% is getting closer to what they get from Agave or birds of paradise. Remember it's a numbers game, they need X amount of sugar/hour, which means if they don't get it from your feeder they have to spend the fuel to fly to where they will. Increasing the sugar seems counter intuitive cause we deal with children s want for it but too much water for the birds makes their kidneys work harder than with normal flower nectar.

My recipe is (in a 10 cup juice pot)--

2.5 cups of sweet (granulated cane sugar)

7 cups of water

35% concentration is well within their typical flower nectar and they don't need to come back so often. Even though they empty all 4 of my 16 oz feeders every day right here in the middle of Los Angeles next to the L.A. river. That is close to 64 oz of nectar. Every bird in my zip code comes to visit. sometimes 20 or more at a time.

Please don't comment or harass me with what you think is right or wrong, do the research, read the articles and stop thinking they are human children.

juliaskersey on April 12, 2014:

@DianeT500: It says that store bought nectar has a red coloring that wont harm the birds but not to use red dye from home.

55jitterbug on April 12, 2014:

I was told that if I spray the outside of the feeded with avons original "skin so soft" that it will keep ants away, the ants don't like this but it doesn't seem to effect the hummers, also , if u put mint around the openings, it will keep bees, wasps etc away. I tried it & it worked.

itzmaurine on April 12, 2014:

We hang our feeder from a Shepards Hook and spread heavy grease about 2 ft. up to deter ants.

jacobsonberggren on April 12, 2014:

Nearly all the snow is gone and the hummers will be here soon! Get your feeders cleaned and ready!

tyreynolds0123 on April 12, 2014:

Any recycled material DIY humming bird feeders?

karen-genosa on March 31, 2014:

what can you do if bees and yellow jacks go into the feeders? I tried oil but they still get in!

bjfoxglove on February 28, 2014:

I use the same recipe for nectar as you suggested. It works great and birds really like it. Nice lens

Paula Hite from Virginia on February 28, 2014:

Beautiful Lens! Come and check it out on our Facebook page "The Green Thumb: A Place For Gardeners To Gather". Please like/share it with your friends!

DianeT500 on February 16, 2014:

interesting that all your photos here has red liquid but your recipe says no red dye

laurie-cook-1000 on February 16, 2014:

@glenn-brocken: it is 4 to one - 4 cups water... 1 cup sugar...boil water - add sugar - remove from heat - stir until sugar is dissolved and then place in clean feeder - wait until cool to hang.

LGasper on February 15, 2014:

The more flower plants and feeders you have, the more birds you'll attract. I've been using this nectar recipe for years, but I freeze a cup of it and each time I refill (daily usually - we live in OK), I drop a couple cubes of the frozen nectar into the feeder. It helps keep the temp down a little, and the birds seem to love it.

laurie-adams-3760 on February 15, 2014:

I love feeding all the creatures that appear at my feeder. I love them so much I don't EVER use tap water, complete with fluoride and chlorine and ? Instead I use filtered water or spring water when I boil it. I also only use non-GMO, raw, organic sugar. I believe our good intentions should indeed be good and not harmful. I certainly hope this does not offend anyone, my own conscious made me pot it.

wessharon-pierce on February 15, 2014:

I live in North Florida and have the Ruby Throated hummingbirds! To my surprise I started leaving my feeders up year round and for the last several years I have hosted the Rufous hummingbirds. One year a male showed up at my feeder the first of Dec. and stayed until March! This year a female showed up in November and the male Rufous the first of Jan. and he looks like the one from last year!! It has really been a treat!! Lesson learned, keep those feeders up and maintained!!!

yvonne-mradterry on February 15, 2014:

I also make my own Hummingbird Food, just like the recipe, except for one little thing, I don't use tap water, I buy a jug of either Distilled or spring water, it seems like it doesn't get cloudy so fast, is crystal clear, I hang my feeders in the Butterfly Bush, and also in the Trumpet Vines... This is a cover so they don't get frighten when they see big birds, like hawks flying around...

bsuth49 on December 07, 2013:

Minus 5 C on Vancouver Island with three hummingbirds looking for food. So I am alternating two feeders with 4 to 1 water and sugar to prevent from freezing. Birds have been feeding steadily all day. Shouldn't they have gone south for winter?

Stephanie (author) from DeFuniak Springs on November 03, 2013:

@glenn-brocken: Glenn, It's in the article, near the top. In it's own section...

glenn-brocken on November 03, 2013:

I have read this article twice and I see no recipe for the nectar. I guess I will be using the store bought stuff. It seems to attract them like crazy when I use it. Ants and bees are the only issues I have but read some great tips here.

anonymous on July 28, 2013:

I have a question for all - how do you keep squirrels from drinking from the hummingbird feeder? I have a bottle type feeder. The squirrel hangs upside down, tilts the feeder, and drinks drink the food. I add cayenne pepper to bird seed, but was wondering if there is an equivalent for hummingbird food. Thank you.

Mickie Gee on July 22, 2013:

My husband is actually the one who feeds the hummingbirds. I am emailing him your hummingbird food recipe so he can see how to save some money by making our own food for the birds.

Mary Stephenson from California on July 20, 2013:

Molly my indoor Siamese loves the hummingbirds. We have the feeder outside the sliding glass door. She chatters to the birds and they actually come down low and talk to her. I have seen them looking in the door to see where she is at if she is not in the kitchen. The birds are now sharing their feeder with Scott's orioles who have been showing up lately. They are not happy with the yellow birds. Molly isn't so sure about them either as they are quite a bit bigger than the hummingbirds. It is funny as a few houses from me people also have feeders out, but have not seen the orioles. They are further north than what they are supposed to be according to the bird book, but we enjoy seeing them. Even though they get the bird feeder spinning and we end up with sugar water all over the sliding glass door.

anonymous on July 18, 2013:

I use this recipe, I live in Southern California and the humming birds go crazy at the feeders.

My feeders hold 2 cups per feeder and I have to refill every morning. Sometimes we have 12+

Hummingbirds chasing each other around, It a blast.

anonymous on July 17, 2013:

@CrazyHomemaker: I'm in southern Calif and have seen up to 12-13 at once on my 4 feeders, usually getting their last 'fill-up' for the day in the summer eve. They are a mixture of Rufous and Allen's Hummingbirds and some are very territorial during the day, but at night they all come together.

anonymous on July 17, 2013:

@anonymous: I live in southern Calif and have hummingbirds all year round, some of which are unique. I don't personally have other flowers nearby and I usually have 4 feeders avail. These certainly don't need for me to add additional food items such as vitamins.

anonymous on July 17, 2013:

Teresa Matthews-I put a very small amount of Vaseline on the line/string/cord, where the feeder is hanging from at the top of the nail/hook. This works great and it comes off when I wash it in soapy hot water. Using the Vaseline has kept all ants away every time. Just make sure you do this each time you refill the feeder. I put it on with my finger after I've hung my feeder with fresh nectar.

jacobwaugh on July 16, 2013:

Great Lens! Thank you for sharing this lens "The Perfect Hummingbird Food Recipe". Congrats on Lens of the Day too!!

seodress on June 29, 2013:

Love this little creature.

katiecolette on June 10, 2013:

I love the itsy bitsy creatures :)

The_Mommy_Person on June 09, 2013:

@anonymous: You are incorrect. Given a choice any creature will choose the sugar over what is best/needed. Again, my 25+ years in wildlife rehab and my degree in zoo and aquarium science which includes ornithology plus my volunteer work at the aviary more than supports adding the vitamins to the feeders

The_Mommy_Person on June 09, 2013:

@anonymous: Research? How about a degree in Zoo and Aquarium Science (which more than includes ornithology) as well as 25+ years in wildlife rehabilitation. Yes if you stop putting it out they would be fine but that is not why people put the feeders out which you would understand if you actually took time to read without the know it all attitude getting in the way which most of the time ends up being partially if not completely incorrect. Certain plants around your home will not draw them in to be observed as the feeders do which is why the people put out the feeders in the first place, not because they are worried about their intake. As far as the vitamins, it is akin to constantly rewarding your kids with candy, given a choice the sugar will be preferred over what is best and as most parents know and do, you add in things for their health just as one should do for the birds and other animals.

anonymous on June 08, 2013:

Just reading comments and wish people would do a little research. Sugar/water is all hummingbirds need from you? As a matter of fact, if you stop putting it out they would still be just fine. They use the sucrose for energy and get their nutrients from insects. Enjoy them at your feeder but don't worry about supplementing their diet in any other way. One post mentioned adding liquid vitamins to the nectar and that should never be done.

anonymous on June 08, 2013:

@The_Mommy_Person: Do not add vitamins...they are not sustained by the sugar water, it supply's sucrose for energy. They eat insects for nutrients, "to sustain life", as you put it. Again, do not put anything but sugar/water in your feeder.

anonymous on May 29, 2013:

@anonymous: This is so sad. Wake up America. thanks for posting.

anonymous on May 29, 2013:


anonymous on May 29, 2013:

@anonymous: Anna's Hummingbirds live in the area year round. Winter nectar feeding is very important for them. Be sure to bring your feeder in at night so it doesn't freeze, put it out early in the morning. You will have them visiting you all year long.

anonymous on May 29, 2013:

@anonymous: Bees need food too. I would never spray insecticide in the air at a bee (is it a yellow jacket?). We need to stop using chemical poisons - they are indiscriminate. What if the hummer comes flying through the same air or the poison settles on the plants and flowers around the feed. Not a good thing.

orcamom lm on May 26, 2013:

Just what I needed thanks - the recipe for the hummingbird food.

Arod17 on May 26, 2013:

these are some helpful tips

anonymous on May 24, 2013:

I would recommend to use organic sugar as most sugars are now made with roundup ready sugar beets. The GMO sugars (non organic) contain their own built in pesticides which in time will cause death to the birds as is evidence with the honey bee declines.

anonymous on May 20, 2013:

good lens. I like this graceful bird.

BWDuerr from Henrietta, New York on May 16, 2013:

Looking for a great hummingbird nectar recipe... and here it is! Thanks so much for that and the great tips you've included. I would have never thought to not add dye. The hummingbirds thank you for that. :)

WordChipper on May 09, 2013:

We have a feeder at the cottage. Those little guys are hungry!

Nijabar on April 26, 2013:

I must admit that I don't have a clue about hummingbirds, but I couldn't stop reading. Everyday I learn something new. Niiice!

clouda9 lm on April 25, 2013:

Love learning new things (i.e. When to Change Your Hummingbird Nectar) this page.

BarbsSpot on April 24, 2013:

@Lensmaster...Congrats on the Purple Star and LOTD! Beautiful Lens! I love to watch Hummingbirds, and had some every summer where I lived before I moved to my present digs.

Thomas F. Wuthrich from Michigan on April 24, 2013:

Very interesting lens! I'm curious as to whether or not hummingbirds ever become habituated to the sugar water in the feeder to the exclusion of feeding on plant nectar. I assume that plant nectar contains more nutrients. Does the storebought nectar contain nutrients in addition to the sugar?

Karamerica on April 24, 2013:

Thanks for all the tips! Great lens!

biparker on April 23, 2013:

Great! I love this lens. Thanks! I wanted to start to feed them but not sure what to use and didn't want to use red die or similar. I'll use raw sugar' I agree is good for any creature

The_Mommy_Person on April 23, 2013:

@storytimesam: I have not heard that, however raw sugar over processed is always better for any creature.

yonique88 on April 23, 2013:

Congratulations on getting LOTD. In Jamaica, the national bird, the doctor bird, is a relative of the hummingbird. I have seen the doctor bird and several species of hummingbirds fly in and out of house garden while growing up. My brothers used to make a bird feeder to attract various birds. They would place rice and other grains in the bird feeder.

storytimesam on April 22, 2013:

Quite interesting and great info. One question... I have often been told that white sugar is even more harmful than dye to the hummingbirds, so, is this true or just an opinion? Thanks for sharing.

Bill from Gold Coast, Australia on April 22, 2013:

Congrats on LOTD. I am pretty sure that we do not get hummingbirds in Australia, so all this is totally new to me!

anonymous on April 22, 2013:

I use the 4:1 ratio! It's great! They love it! When I get 10+ birds on my 3 feeders that I keep in one area I'm like their drug dealer! They can't get enough! I don't have to change the home brew out they do it for me! There's always that dominant one that tries to chase the others away but they all manage to get their share

soaringsis on April 22, 2013:

Congratulations on your LoTD. It is time to take care of our hummingbirds. Thanks for the tips.

The_Mommy_Person on April 22, 2013:

good recipes although sugar water is not enough to sustain life. I add water soluble bird vitamins bought from my local pet supply store to the hummingbird food I make. I also agree that the red coloring is not needed. It is also recommended to have more than 1 feeder up and have them spaced apart if possible as the male hummingbirds get territorial and will guard the feeders they decide are "theirs" and not allow other birds to feed at them, especially other males. I currently have 3 up and have 3 more waiting to be washed and put out. The hummingbirds have been swarming my feeders since late March this year.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 22, 2013:

I often forget to change the feed and I feel bad about this.

blue22d on April 21, 2013:

Great lens. Four to one is the ratio I use as well. Sure love God's little creatures.

redtailvision on April 20, 2013:

Great lens! We have orange trumpet flowers and hanging baskets of petunias that they love.

Nnadi bonaventure Chima from Johanesburg on April 20, 2013:

Nice lens, thanks for sharing

DebMartin on April 19, 2013:

Thank you for this great lens. So many people love the little hummingbird yet cause it great harm because they do not understand how to feed them. I would add that there is also some opinion that too much sugar in your nectar can cause beak deformity in young hummingbirds. True? False? Don't know. But it's best to err on the side of caution. Great lens! Thanks. d

CrazyHomemaker on April 18, 2013:

Nice lens. I love watching hummingbirds. My neighbor has hers out right now and there was a hummingbird feeding while I was visiting. When we get food out, we've counted 5 of them fighting for the feeder. One sits on my clothesline to wait to chase the others away. Another sits way up high on a nearby oak tree. It's fun to sit near the feeders because it sounds like an airport with all of the buzzing around there. Thanks for the info. It's nice to see the poll and how most people make their own food.

ahmedghaith on April 18, 2013:

Maybe they have so much energy because of all the sugar they consume, lol! I love watching hummingbirds and had attached a feeder to my kitchen window a couple of years ago and they were there every day. They are fascinating to watch. I have recently been thinking about getting a new feeder and will probably purchase one of the ones you have listed, thanks for this very useful information. Great job on the lens!

Northerntrials on April 18, 2013:

And never change the feeder wearing a bright red housecoat like my sister. She got bombed by the little hummers. It was fun to watch. Next time I catch her doing that I'll lock the door and YouTube the invasion.