There is no need to buy it when you know how to make your own hummingbird food. You’ll save money and the hummingbirds will love it!
Hummingbirds are indeed fascinating creatures known for their iridescent feathers and unique ability to hover in mid-air. They also have the highest metabolism of any bird species, with some species beating their wings up to 80 times per second. With all that flapping, they can burn through calories fast. So, they need to eat a lot!
You can help supplement these tiny creatures’ diet by learning how to make hummingbird food. Not only is it super simple to make, but you’ll get the added benefit of enjoying watching them all summer long.
How to Make Hummingbird Food
Just 2 simple ingredients
You only need 2 ingredients to make hummingbird food. Sugar and water. Here are the steps:
- Mix 1 part sugar to 4 parts water in a pot.
- Boil just until sugar is dissolved.
- Cool completely before filling the hummingbird feeder.
It’s important that you only use refined white sugar.
FAQs about Hummingbird Food
What kind of feeder do I need?
Hummingbirds are not picky about the type of feeder you use to attract them. However, if you’re going to be watching them all summer long you might want to pick out one that you love to look at.
Since we can see our hummingbird feeders from our living room, I like to use ones that compliment our interior decor. Here are some of the feeders I’ve had over the years.
Some of my favorite hummingbird feeders
How do I hang my hummingbird feeder?
Hummingbirds like to perch in trees, so hanging your feeder in a place with trees nearby is ideal. You also want to hang your feeders where you can see them easily. These little birds are territorial and will put on a show chasing each other away from the feeder.
Here’s a quick video I took of several hummingbirds chasing each other around our feeders. I could watch them all day!
As you can see I like to hang our feeders directly on the outside of our living room windows. To do this you’ll need a hook that will stick out far enough to give clearance between the window and the feeder. You’ll also need a hook with a strong suction cup. I have tried several different hooks, and these are significantly better than any others I’ve tried. They come in a 2-pack or a 4-pack.
My favorite suction cup hangers
You can also hang hummingbird feeders from a sturdy tree branch or from a Shepherds Hook like this one. The advantage to using a Shepherd’s Hook is that you can place it anywhere in your yard to give yourself the best line of vision. Simply place Shepherds Hook into solid ground and hang your feeder.
Once you learn how to make hummingbird food and start attracting these tiny birds, you will get to enjoy endless hours of free entertainment.