Easily attract Hummingbirds to your yard with this simple homemade hummingbird nectar recipe. A healthier option for Hummingbirds than store-bought nectar.
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How do I attract Hummingbirds to my yard?
- Providing healthy, homemade nectar for Hummingbirds is a simple way to attract these beautiful birds to your yard. Pro tip: position your hummingbird feeder in front of a window or other picturesque location close by so that you can snap some great pictures while they're feeding! By later in the season, our hummingbirds are so used to use that they don't mind if I stand at the window with my camera! I have also set up a tripod to capture them through the window without scaring them too.
- Know what time of year Hummingbirds will be in your area. Believe it or not, hummingbirds migrate! So it's important to know when to expect Hummingbirds so you can be ready for them. The Audubon Society recommends feeders to be hung about one week before the estimated arrival of the Hummingbirds. Audubon is a great resource to determine when these tiny travelers will be in your backyard. Check out their website here.
- Plant red or other brightly-colored tubular types of flowering plants in your yard. You don't need a big yard or fancy garden to attract hummingbirds. In our yard, we've found hummingbirds in our Lilac bush and in our hanging baskets on our front porch.
Hummingbirds at our Farmhouse
Ever since I was a little girl I've always had a fascination with Hummingbirds. Regardless of who you're with or where you are, when a Hummingbird is spotted the reaction is always the same, people always seem to excitedly whisper and point, then silence.
In our old home, we didn't have any Hummingbird sightings despite planting many beautiful flowers, so we never purchased or set up a feeder. When we moved to the farmhouse, purchasing a feeder was honestly a very top priority. To read more about our house journey click here.
We have a three-season (screen room) off the back of our home with a perfect little hook. I had thought it would be the perfect spot for our Hummingbird feeder, so that it could be seen from almost anywhere in our home. In our area, Hummingbirds arrive within a couple of days of April 30th each year. The very first spring season in our home I checked my calendar (yes, Hummingbird feedings are on my calendar). Then made a batch of this easy homemade hummingbird nectar and hung up my feeder on April 30. I'm not kidding you, we had Hummingbirds within the hour.
Hummingbird Nectar Feeder Location
Hummingbirds remember where they find nectar. If you consistently put a feeder out in the same location each year, they will remember and expect to find nectar there. That perfect little hook off my three-season room must have been exactly where the previous homeowner hung her feeder, and that first little Hummingbird of the season stopped for a drink.
How to keep Hummingbirds healthy
We want to attract these breathtaking beauties to our yards, and providing nectar is a great way to draw them in. In doing so, we need to be mindful in our practices so that our Hummingbirds stay healthy.
- When making nectar, only use refined white sugar. Other types of sugar (or sweet substitutes) may be harmful to the birds.
- Hummingbird feeders need to be emptied and cleaned about every three days. If there is leftover nectar, it should be discarded. The feeder should not be cleaned with soap. We find hot water to work perfectly.
- Many types of store-bought nectar contain red dye. While Hummingbirds are attracted to the color, the red is un-necessary and there is research to suggest it is harmful to Hummingbirds.
Click below for our printable, easy homemade Hummingbird Nectar Recipe card
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup refined white sugar
To make this recipe, you can either boil water or simply use hot tap water.
Mix sugar with warm/hot water and stir until sugar is completely dissolved.
Set the nectar on your countertop to cool off.
Be sure to wait until the nectar is cool before offering it to Hummingbirds.
Excess nectar can be stored in a mason jar or other air-tight container in the refridgerator.
Please remember, refined white sugar must be used. Substitutions could be harmful to Hummingbirds.
How did the Easy Homemade Hummingbird Nectar Recipe turn out?
We had a ton of Hummingbird traffic at our little feeder. The Hummingbirds really enjoyed their homemade nectar! We ended up purchasing an additional feeder, and placed it right outside our kitchen window. After a little bit of time the Hummingbirds were no longer shy, and didn't seem to mind us being just on the other side of the glass.
In the comments below, I would love to hear your tips and tricks for attracting Hummingbirds to your yard.
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