3/25/2006

Quick and easy humming bird food

As I mentioned in my last post, the lady that used to live in our house was very protective of the humming birds and left me detailed instructions on taking care them. In this post I'll share her recipe and a few tips I've figured out on my own.

Quick and easy humming bird nectar
1. Heat up 4 cups (1 Liter) of water to boiling. I do this in a large glass measuring cup in my microwave.
2. Add 1 cup sugar. Stir until dissolved.
3. Let cool. I cover and leave the nectar on the counter for a while, then transfer to the refrigerator.
Note: If you are making extra nectar ahead, keep it in the refrigerator. It will mold if left out too long.

So when should you put out feeders? I was told March 20th, although last year I didn't see any visitors until April. Well, the bar is open here when they are ready to drink up!

3 comments:

Jill said...

Thanks!

FYI... We put ours up early. Will be doing so soon.

Jenn said...

The food coloring is optional. If there is any bright color on the feeder at all, they will find it.

If you add a new feeder, use the coloring for the first fill-up, then drop it after.

For feeders that are going up in the same places as last year, it's not neccessary at all. I wait until my birds arrive and scold me before I put my feeders up. I know - bad me.

There is some question of whether the coloring is healthy for the birds.

Other bits of info: Never use honey as a sweetener for hummers. It contains traces of / or potential for botulism - you shouldn't give honey to infants, either. Our adult systems process this trace with no problem - but the small fast metabolism of the hummer, and the brand new flora and fauna of a baby's digestive tract can't handle it.

The no brainer tip of the day - don't use artificial sweetener for hummers, as it has zero nutritional value for them. Sounds simple enough, but you'd be surprised.

Nelumbo said...

Thanks for the additional tips!

I moved one of the feeders this year, so I'm glad to know that won't be a problem.

I'm still waiting for them to show up!