Homemade Hummingbird Nectar

Homemade Hummingbird Nectar

I have fond memories of watching the hummingbird feeders with my mother when I was growing up. She taught me how to make this simple nectar as well as how to maintain a clean feeder to keep the hummingbirds happy and healthy. When my husband and I bought our own home, she gifted me my very first hummingbird feeders. I was delighted to continue to use this recipe each season. Making homemade hummingbird nectar not only attracts these tiny beautiful birds to my yard but also reminds me of the special connection I share with my mother.

Before we get started, it's important to note that hummingbirds need a specific type of nectar. Expensive store-bought nectar often contains red dye, which can be harmful to hummingbirds. Additionally, it's important to avoid using honey or artificial sweeteners, which can also be harmful. Hummingbirds need a simple mixture of sugar and water.

Here's what you'll need to make homemade hummingbird nectar:

  • One cup of white granulated sugar
  • Four cups of boiled water
  • A spoon for stirring
  • An easy to clean Hummingbird Feeder


  1. In a pot, bring four cups of water to a boil.

  2. Once the water is boiling, add one cup of white granulated sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves.

  3. Remove the pot from the heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature. Do not add the nectar to the feeder while it's still hot. This can cause the feeder to crack and also potentially harm the hummingbirds.

  4. Fill the feeder. Once the nectar has cooled, fill your hummingbird feeder. Store any leftover nectar in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to a week.


  • It's important to clean your hummingbird feeder regularly to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold. You should clean your feeder at least once a week. More often if you live in a warmer climate!
  • If you notice that the nectar has become cloudy or moldy, you should replace it immediately. Mold can cause bacterial infections for hummingbirds which can cause them to die.
  • Do not use honey or artificial sweeteners in your nectar. Honey can promote bacterial growth, and artificial sweeteners are harmful to hummingbirds.
  • You can adjust the amount of nectar you make depending on the size of your feeder. Just remember to maintain a ratio of one part sugar to four parts water.

Making homemade hummingbird nectar is easy and affordable. With just a couple simple ingredients, you can attract these beautiful tiny birds to your yard and enjoy their company season after season. Remember to clean your feeder regularly and replace the nectar if it becomes cloudy or moldy. With a little care and attention, you'll have a thriving hummingbird population in no time!

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