Hummingbird Nectar


Author: Susanne at Dish With Me

Hummingbird Nectar
Hummingbird Nectar

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Do you enjoy watching hummingbirds? I certainly do. I LOVE it! They are the cutest little creatures, but they are so mean! Lol! There is always a chase. I love them anyway. For all of their busy activity they need fuel. Hence, the reason I feed them this Hummingbird Nectar.

I’ve been feeding these little cuties for years and have researched extensively to make sure I am feeding them properly. The general consensus is that a 1:4 ratio is the perfect amount of energy for them. So, simplified, Hummingbird Nectar should contain one cup sugar to four cups water.

If you decide to become a hummingbird parent, please be sure to wash the feeder before every fill up to ensure there is no mold. Another thing that is a really big deal is DO NOT USE RED FOOD DYE! Red food dye is harmful to hummingbirds.

I am no expert on birds, I simply enjoy watching them, but the following website has lots of useful information regarding hummingbirds, if you are interested.

Hummingbird Nectar


Closely resembles the natural sugar concentration of flowers
5 from 8 votes
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Course: Miscellaneous
Keyword: Hummingbird Nectar
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Author: Susanne


  • Hummingbird Feeder


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 cups water


  • In a medium sized pot on high heat, bring 4 cups water to a boil.
  • As soon as water reaches a boil, turn off the heat. Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
  • Let the mixture cool before filling the hummingbird feeder.
  • Always make sure the feeder is clean before filling with nectar.
  • Extra nectar can be stored in the refrigerator.


I have lots of hummers, so I usually make a double batch and keep it stored in the refrigerator.  

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