I’m making some humming bird sugar water today. I’m not a fan of red dye but today I am going to add a little. The reason being, I’ve never seen a hummingbird eat from the feeder which is clear glass with a metal base. The flowers around the feeding holes have now faded from red to a muted yellowish color.
The ratio of sugar to water is 1:4.
According to Audubon, you should only use white sugar to supplement a hummingbird diet.
Here is a simple recipe from their website:
Perfect Hummer Food Recipe:
- One part sugar to four parts water – stir until sugar is dissolved.
- Measure examples:
- One cup of sugar to four cups of water
- 3/4 cup sugar to 3 cups water
- 1/2 cup sugar to 2 cups of water.
- Bring solution to a boil to kill bacteria and slow spoilage – allow to cool.
- Fill feeders just enough for a day or two of use. Extra solution may be refrigerated if used within one week.