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Hummingbird Food Recipe

This hummingbird food recipe is so simple to make, and the birds in my yard simply love it! Don’t buy nectar from the store when you can make your own homemade hummingbird food in just minutes!

How to Make Hummingbird Food

When I was a kid, my grandpa taught me how to make this hummingbird nectar recipe. He loved pampering the hummingbirds in his yard and grew to love these special birds over the years as well.

Homemade hummingbird food is so simple to whip up in the kitchen using just two basic ingredients. I use a 4 to 1 ratio of water to plain table sugar.

Hummingbird Food

Hummingbird Food Recipe

You just boil your water (filtered water is best), then fully dissolve white sugar in the pan. Allow this mixture to cool completely, and then fill your hummingbird feeder with the solution.

How to Make Hummingbird Nectar

Be sure you do not use food coloring when you make your DIY hummingbird food. There is really no reason to feed your birds food coloring, and this could be potentially harmful to them. Hummingbird feeders area already colored in a way which will attract hummingbirds.

As far as choosing the best hummingbird feeder, you can go with a simple one like this, or something more decorative. I’m loving this decorative glass hummingbird feeder.

You could even make your own DIY hummingbird feeder using the tutorial below!

How to Clean Hummingbird Feeder

Cleaning your hummingbird feeder is an important step to take, and I recommend that you do a quick cleaning each time you replace the hummingbird nectar in your feeder.

You’ll want to rinse your hummingbird feeder using warm soapy water and a bottle brush to scrub away any mold, dirt or debris.

You can use a pipe cleaner (like these) to scrub out the feeder holes. After cleaning your hummingbird feeder, be sure you rinse it thoroughly to remove all remaining soap residue, as this could be harmful to the birds.

Easy Hummingbird Food Recipe

Your hummingbirds are going to love this tasty food.

If you’ve never attempted to attract hummingbirds to your property before, you’re in for a real treat. There are few things in this life that give me greater joy than sitting on my porch and watching the gorgeous hummingbirds at our feeders each summer!

Easy Hummingbird Food Recipe

Hummingbird Food

Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Make your own DIY hummingbird nectar using our simple recipe!


  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar


  1. Bring the water to a rapid boil; remove from heat
  2. Stir in the granulated sugar until it dissolves completely.
  3. Let the mixture cool completely, then place in your hummingbird feeder and hang outdoors for your birds.
  4. Take the water off the heat and add the sugar.
  5. Stir to dissolve completely.
  6. Let the nectar cool.
  7. Place in a clean hummingbird feeder and hang outside for the birds.


You'll want to change your hummingbird nectar once every 3-5 days to keep it fresh. You'll also want to clean your feeder each time, following the directions in the post above.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 750

How To Make Hummingbird Food

    12 Comments on “Hummingbird Food Recipe”

  1. My hummingbird sits everyday for hours on my plant stand, only leaving to drink from the feeder every so often. He flies away when I go outside and work in the garden below. Why is he hanging out everyday? We are hoping he isn’t ill.

  2. For beginners, you can buy an inexpensive hummingbird feeder seasonally at Dollar Tree for $1.00. Wash with warm soapy water and rinse well before first use.
    Make a small batch of nectar using 1/4 cup white sugar to 1 cup of boiling water. 
    After it cools, pour it in your feeder, it will be about 3/4 full using this ratio.
    Hang  it outside and keep watch! They will come. 🥰
    This is a good way to start with very little money or investment. I have several of these feeders and they all work really well. 

  3. Hi my name is Ed I live in Central Florida my next door neighbor always had a pile of hummingbirds at her feeder and suddenly the good lady died and her husband pulled down the feeder my wife bought a feeder I’m nice when I guess and we started using the same solution that I read online all the time it seems like the first couple days I only have one bird I don’t know why I guess so lonely Hummer but for the first few days the bird use the feeder a lot now it’s been going on a week and a half I don’t know if I just have showered or not in the in the feeder but I’m going to make a new batch clean a feeder and put it back out I don’t know how long I should let the solution in the feeder from what I’m reading on this app ears it says changed the solution every couple days could that be the reason why he is not using it and by the way when my neighbor had the feeder out she always had three four birds are all the time they’d actually be fighting over the feeder and now like I said I’m only getting one bird can you tell me some kind of way that I can attract more and how often I should change the water solution thank you hope to hear from you soon

  4. I love the humingbirds are so fun to watch and I enjoy seeing them they are so tiny and beautiful colors!!!!!!

  5. I love the humingbirds are so fun to watch and I enjoy seeing them they are so tiny and beautiful colors!!!!!!

  6. Is it okay to use powdered sugar to make hummingbird nectar ?!

  7. Why do they fight. Looks like male knocking females away?

  8. I love watching those little hummers. I used to boil my water thinking I needed to so the sugar would dissolve. One day I got lazy and just added the water to the sugar, stirred it and let it set awhile. It dissolved. Much easier. 

  9. You could also indicate that the feeder should have a top which holds water to stop ants from entering the feeder.

  10. I thought this was very helpful, thank you Crissy ?

  11. This is so cool! We saw a hummingbird at the NY Botanical Garden and we were mesmerized. They fly so fast! I’d love to see one in my yard! Once my allergies die down I’ll try to make one of these!

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