June 20, 2023

Humming Bird Nectar Recipe

Katie and Gene Hamilton

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Make this easy water and sugar nectar

We’ve tried several versions of this recipe to fill our hummingbird feeders and this is the one the little hummers seem to like best. We replenish the nectar once a week.

To make the nectar fill a quart measuring container with tap water and heat it in a microwave oven or on a stovetop. Then stir in a cup of white sugar until it dissolves. The water needs to be warm enough to dissolve the sugar when you stir the solution. You can make a batch of nectar anytime and refrigerate it until you’re ready to replace the nectar.

Some people put red food dye or coloring in their nectar because hummers are attracted to the color red.

Food dye is a chemical substance made of petroleum so I don’t use it. Just sayin’.


  • If the nectar in the feeder becomes foggy, replace it with a fresh recipe.
  • Before changing the nectar in the feeder, give it a washing of a mild detergent and rinsing so the new solution is fresh and inviting.
  • We keep a one cup scoop in a container of white granulated sugar so it’s easy to use. 
  • During a hot spell you may want to do this more frequently.
  • It’s best to place a hummingbird feeder at least four feet off the ground so we hang ours from  shepherd posts.

What you need:

Pour the nectar into the hummingbird feeder and watch the little hummers arrive and enjoy the nectar.

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Gene and Katie Hamilton are bird watchers who attend birding festivals and events and write about the wonders of the birding world. They are members of the Outdoor Writers Association of America.

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