Hummingbird Feeders

Most hummingbirds are migratory and they come north in the spring and summer. It is best to put your feeders up around mid-April for their arrival. The most common bird in our area is the Ruby Throat.

Hummingbirds do best in yards that have plants to which these fascinating birds are attracted. Your feeder will work best if is near those plants that have nectar. Like other birds, the hummingbird still needs water. They especially like being offered water from a dripper or mister which can be attached to your bird bath.

Produce Your Own Nectar

You can buy commercially produced nectar or you can make your own. If you make your own, do not add food coloring to the formula. Here is the formula for making your own nectar. To make your own nectar, use 1 part sugar to 4 parts water.

  • Bring water to a boil for approximately one-two minutes. Add the sugar and continue to boil until all the sugar is dissolved. Let the nectar cool completely.
  • Keep the feeder full and clean the feeder every 2-3 days. The nectar can become rancid, so cleaning is very important to attracting hummingbirds.
  • Never use honey or artificial sweeteners to make the formula.

If ants and wasps are a problem there are guards to place on the feeder.