Hummingbird Food Recipe

It's beginning of May, which means I have been patiently waiting for the return of our hummingbirds! I actually made hummingbird food and filled our feeder about a month ago just in case we had any early arrivals.

One of the things I enjoy most during the warm weather months is watching hummingbirds drink from the feeder right outside my dining room window. I could sit at my dining room table and watch these beautiful birds all day.

We finally saw our first one the other day! Which reminded me that I needed to refresh the hummingbird food. I know this is a food blog - well, the hummingbirds gotta eat too!

Hummingbird Food Recipe

Little did I know when I bought my first hummingbird feeder and the accompanying big bottle of red nectar sold right next to it, that there is a significant chance that red food coloring is bad for hummingbirds. There's a great article in Bird Watchers Digest about it. So now my kids and I have fun making our own. And it's super simple and the hummingbirds seem to LOVE it!

What You'll Need

  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup White Sugar

How You'll Do It
Stir together in a pan and bring to a boil, stirring, then remove from heat. Let cool completely before filling your hummingbird feeder. Be sure to refresh every week (if it's not all gone already!)
I always let the kids have a teaspoon of the sweet hummingbird nectar which they love too.

I also wanted to share my favorite hummingbird feeder (so far). I was going through a lot of them until I found this one as I kept running into different issues like ant infestations or other birds/bugs getting to it. I picked my first few hummingbird feeders based purely on aesthetics. It's hard not to go right for the prettiest ones! I was enjoying watching the hummingbirds so much that I decided to get serious and read some reviews to really get a hummingbird feeder that I wouldn't have to throw out in two weeks. I have had this hummingbird feeder for a year now and definitely recommend.

It has a built in moat but I wasn't taking any chances! I also bought an extra ant moat and have this hummingbird feeder hanging from the extra ant moat. I know, sounds a bit excessive, but I've had no ants which I consider a huge win!