How to Make Hummingbird Nectar

- white granulated sugar   - water  - hummingbird feeder

Brown sugar, honey, agave or any other kind of sweetener is not recommended for use in hummingbird feeders because they are more likely to grow bacteria.

These sweeteners also spoil more rapidly and can make the birds sick. You may not even realize that you are making the birds sick because they won’t die until several days after they have ingested the spoiled food.

Yes you do. Boiling is how you make the sugar water into simple syrup for the birds. Use a ratio of 1 part sugar to 4 parts water.

Boil the mixture and then let it cool before putting it into feeder Boiling it will make sure there isn't any fungi or bacteria present in the nectar.

Other animals may visit your humming bird feeder like bees, wasps and ants as they are attracted to the sugar water. This can deter hummingbirds from coming to the feeder to take a sip.

The pests may crawl into the feeder where they can become trapped and drown. You can help prevent ants from crawling into your feeder by using Vaseline on the wire it hangs from so they can’t get to the nectar. As for bees and wasps…sorry, can’t help you there.

How to Make Hummingbird Nectar