How To Make Homemade Hummingbird Food

by Amy

IMG_6009 Do you ever get tired of buying that expensive, red hummingbird food at the store? I always thought it looked a little bit weird.  I’m sure it’s probably fine, but I prefer to feed my feathered friends something a little less “processed”.

Behold, homemade hummingbird food.  All you need is granulated sugar and water.  It’s so easy!!!

The Recipe: 3:1 Ratio of water to sugar
6 Cups Water
2 Cups Sugar (Generic is fine for this)

Place water in large pot and bring to a boil.  Add sugar and stir until dissolved.  Return to a boil and continue boiling, uncovered for 6 minutes.  You may have to reduce the heat slightly, so the mixture doesn’t boil over.  When finished boiling, allow to cool to room temperature.  Fill feeders and watch those little feathers fly!

This mixture makes enough to fill three average-sized feeders half to two-thirds full.  I usually refill all my feeders once a week.  Keep any extra you might have in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.


By bringing the sugar and water to a boil, you are creating a sugar syrup that they will love.  I have hummingbirds come back every year and I know it’s because of my homemade hummingbird food!


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