Monday, May 7, 2012

Homemade Hummingbird Water

I crossed a few things off my  list this morning, one of them being to wash out, fill and hang up my hummingbird feeders.  I left one outside was so nasty and had so many dead ants in it! I need to be better at putting them up after the season is over. I have determined though if anybody asks what I want for Mother's Day, I will say hummingbird feeders!

I just love to sit on the front porch and watch them forever. 

I used to use the hummingbird feed mix you can buy at the store, but a friend of mine told me that she just uses sugar and water.  I looked it up and the most common recipe seems to be 4 parts water to 1 part sugar.  My husband thinks it needs red dye, but the birds come as long as the part they drink out of is colorful.  You can add a little food coloring or some of a red Kool-Aid pack if you want to add some color.

You need to make sure the water is luke warm when you mix it with the sugar or else it might not dissolve as good.  Hopefully I will get some hummingbird pictures to share soon! Once they find my feeders, there are quite a few and they fight over them.  It is so entertaining :)

This post is part of the Prairie Homestead's Homestead Barn Hop


  1. I have been making this for the Hummers for years and they love it , I find the store bought has way to much in it that they do not need . Avid birder , nature photographer country gal here lol . Love your blog . Hope you get lots of hummers at your feeder. Have a great day !

  2. My daughter made some last year. We need to get a new feeder so that we can mix up more. I love to watch hummingbirds.

    Have a wonderful day.


  3. I make my own too! No, you don't need color and generally the feeder has some red. I need more feeders though, they fight each other so badly and are so intent that they almost run into me.

  4. Thank you all! Kathy, ours fight too and sometimes I get worried they are going to run into my head because they dive bomb eachother so!