|Hummingbirds get the
energy they need through flower nectar and sugar water in hummingbird
Making your own hummingbird nectar is as easy as opening a package of
commercially prepared nectar and adding the water. Here is the recipe:
Hummingbird Nectar Recipe:
In a bowl or large measuring cup:
1 cup tap water (boiling not necessary)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
Stir well until the sugar is dissolved.
Pour into a clean hummingbird feeder.
Do not use artificial sweeteners or honey!
As mentioned above, boiling your water is
not necessary; however, some believe that boiling may help the sugar
dissolve faster and discourage molds or other bacteria from forming.
Change the nectar and wash the
glass container every two weeks (or more often) for freshness. Leftover
hummingbird nectar can be refrigerated.
If this is your first try at attracting hummingbirds, hang your feeder near
your flower garden. My hummingbirds just love my cannas!
If you don't have a flower garden, no need to fret! Your
colorful feeder will also attract hummers.
**Red food coloring is not
necessary or recommended!**