The hummingbirds are back looking for my hummingbird food recipe!
My homemade hummingbird food recipe must be the favorite in the entire neighborhood. I know I am not the only person around here that feeds the hummingbirds. This morning my feeder was empty after only 2 days. In addition to that, I see them out here fighting over the feeder. Now I am not going to say that the hummingbird feeder manufacturers are trying to mislead the general public with false advertising. But every feeder display carton always shows a flock of hummingbirds gathered around the feeder happily enjoying feeding together. That's not what happens here in the Maine Northwoods. Either we have the most greedy and aggressive hummingbirds in the world or somebody is Photo-shopping those images for their product packaging.
Hummingbirds Love the Color Red!!
I stepped out onto the back porch, wearing a red t shirt last Wednesday. The result was I got dive bombed by an overzealous hummer! He came right at me and hovered about a foot away checking me out. He must have thought I was a humongous mega-flower loaded with nectar. Sorry little birdy! I'm not that sweet. We have had a cold, wet, late spring here in northern Maine. Because of the spring there aren't many flowers around yet so the little fellas are hungry and desperate.
The Care and Feeding of the Hummingbirds - Cleanliness is Important
So it was time to get the hummingbird feeders out and give then a thorough cleaning. First, I soak them in hot soapy water with a little bleach added to get rid of any bacteria or fungus from last year. Every fall I clean them before I put them away. I just feel better if I do it again before I put them out for the new season. I want to be a blessing to the little hummingbirds and not kill them with sloppy kindness. Feeding hummingbirds is a responsibility. You don't just put the feeders out and forget about them. They must be watched, and maintained for the season. Hummingbirds are very susceptible to fungal diseases. The warm, syrupy food in their feeders is the perfect breeding ground for those deadly molds and bacteria. So the hummingbird food must be changed frequently. Each time that you replace it, you must thoroughly clean the feeder. It is better not to feed them at all if you are not going to be dependable and fastidious in your feeding efforts. And I have found that my hummingbird food recipe is very popular with the local hummingbirds.
The Rewards of Feeding Hummingbirds with our Hummingbird Food Recipe
Your careful efforts will be rewarded. There is nothing more adorable than the little hummers as they hover over a feeder on a warm summer afternoon. Hummingbirds are attracted to the colors red and orange. But it is not necessary to use red food coloring in their food mixture. The red food coloring could be harmful to their health. As long as the hummingbird feeder you are using is red, they will easily find it. The hummingbirds are so tiny and delicate. But the hummingbirds we have frequenting our feeders are also very ferocious in protecting their territory and feeder. I do marvel at the videos I see on YouTube like the one below that show 50+ hummingbirds all feeding together. Our little guys aggressively chase each other all over the yard when there is more than one at the feeder at a time. I put out multiple feeders in different places all over the yard but they still fight over them.
Best Easy Homemade Hummingbird Food Recipe
Why buy "packaged" hummingbird food when you can save money by easily making your own. You can make gallons of this homemade hummingbird food quickly and easily and it's very inexpensive - just pennies for a gallon of it. No chemical dyes or preservatives so you are giving your little birds a healthier product.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 2 mins
- Total Time: 7 mins
1 cup sugar
4 cups water
In a medium saucepan, mix sugar into water.
Bring to a boil while stirring to dissolve sugar.
Boil for a couple of minutes and then let cool.
Extra solution can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week.