As the summer months approach, hummingbirds are a top backyard visitor among avid birders. If you have a hummingbird feeder or numerous hummingbird feeders in your yard, it is no secret how quickly these active birds can drink your feeders dry. While store-bought hummingbird nectar is a great solution to easily keep your feeders full, making your own nectar can be a great activity to partake in with your children or grandchildren.
Why You Should Make Your Own Nectar
First and foremost, it is extremely easy! Making your own nectar only takes about 10-15 minutes and also allows you to control the quality of feed your local hummingbirds will enjoy upon their arrival. Another great reason to make your own nectar is that actually ends up acting as a great reminder and exercise in not only keeping your feeders full but keeping them clean as well. As a rule, we always recommend cleaning a hummingbird feeder every time you fill it, but in the very least, when making your own, it can be a great time to give your feeder a thorough soak and cleaning.
How to Make Your Own Nectar
Again, this is a very simple and easy recipe to follow. Although simple, these instructions should be followed relatively closely to ensure the nectar is very similar to that of the nectar of their favourite flowers.
- 800ml or about 3 ½ cups water
- 1 box of Gilligallou Hummingbird Nectar Mix
The rule of thumb to remember here is the 4:1 ratio of water to the mixture.
- Get your feeder and make sure it is good and clean. Give it a good soak in hot water and use soap and water to clean it thoroughly.
- Boil the four cups of water on the stove top.
- Once the water comes to a boil, whisk in the nectar mix and stir until is completely dissolved
- Turn the heat off and allow the nectar to cool. We always recommend placing the nectar in your refrigerator overnight for best results.
- Carefully fill your feeder, ensuring you clean up any spillage. A solution this sweet, is sure to attract bugs if left unkept.
- Place your feeder back outdoors and enjoy!