Hummingbirds are awesome to watch, and easy to feed. Hummingbirds eat insects, but nectar is their favorite. Fill a feeder and you will soon have them flying every which way. Many hummingbirds return to the same feeder year after year, so make a habit of keeping a feeder up from early Spring to late Fall.
There is no point in wasting money on expensive store-bought nectar when you can easily make your own at home, fast and frugal!
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First, start with a clean feeder. Wash it in hot, soapy water and rinse well.
NEVER use any chemicals on the feeder as this could harm the birds.
To make the nectar, you will need:
1 Cup of granulated white sugar. Only use white sugar. Chemicals in artificial sweeteners can harm the birds, and brown sugar, honey, etc. can make the mix go sour and do not provide the best nutrition.
4 Cups of Water (If you have hard water, consider distilled or bottled)
This 4:1 ratio most closely resembles the sugar levels in natural nectar.