Every evening, as we are talking our daily walk, I can’t help but notice the influx of hummingbirds that is gracing our area. I love this time of the year when I can see them fluttering around in our backyard or in the parks. I learned something about hummingbirds last year that I had never really even thought about before and because I’m sure I’m not alone in this, I thought I would share.
Hummingbirds need to eat half their weight in sugar each day, which amounts to a lot of nectar and because they have such I metabolisms they need to eat many times a day. As a result, they know where there are food sources and often develop a route to these food sources. This is especially important for people who have hummingbird feeders in their yards. If you already have one or plan to start one, it is important to ensure that is always has “nectar” in it. If hummingbirds are not able to get the food that they need, they will go into a hibernation like state and if they are unable to acquire food soon they could die.
This being said, I think it is exceptionally important to have hummingbird feeders in your yard so that hummingbirds have a plethora of food sources to choose from. Especially in areas where flowers produce low sugar nectar. You can always buy “nectar” in the store for your feeders or you can make it at home. The latter option is easy and way more cost effective than purchasing it. To make it at home all you need is sugar and water.
Take 1 part sugar (make sure to use white granulated sugar) to 4 parts water, I used 1 cup of sugar and 4 cups of water which filled my feeder perfectly.
In a small saucepan, bring your water to a boil. Once boiling, add your sugar and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat and let it cool. This helps stop bacteria growth.
Once cooled, add it to your feeder and enjoy the hummingbirds visiting your backyard.
*Note- In the picture, I used red food coloring to dye the nectar red to match what is sold in stores, but have since learned that dye could potentially be harmful to the birds and is not in any way needed. I have changed my feeder and suggest leaving it out if you chose to make your own.