I love having my hummingbird feeder outside. It hangs right outside my kitchen window and I get to see all these beautiful hummingbirds while I am doing dishes. Last summer my hummingbird feeder broke and I had to buy a new one. This new one I got I absolutely love. It is much easier to clean and it holds more liquid.

Make your own hummingbird food recipe

It came with a package of hummingbird food powder that you dissolve in water. It turns the water red and has all kinds of strange stuff in it that I cannot pronounce. I figured this probably was not all that good for the birds. I knew you could make your own “food” from just sugar and water, but I didn’t know exactly how to make it. After some research, I was super excited to find out it is really easy and inexpensive to make.

What you need:

  • Sugar (1 part)
  • Water (4 parts)

Ingredients for making hummingbird feeder

The recipe calls for 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. For my feeder, I do 1/2 cup sugar to 2 cups of water. This allows me to fill my feeder plus have an extra amount for later in the week. First, you will add your sugar and water into a small saucepan.

Water and sugar for hummingbird feeder food

Heat the mixture on the stove until the sugar dissolves. This usually only takes a couple of minutes. Or you can boil the water first. Then add the sugar to the boiled water and stir until dissolved.

Dissolved sugar water

Allow the mixture to cool before you fill up your feeder.

Hummingbird feeder with sugar water food

Leftover hummingbird food can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. You want to clean out your hummingbird feeder each time you fill it with hot water and a bottle brush.

Note: I have read recommendations to not use soap to clean your feeder. During hot weather, you may need to clean out your feeder and change your nectar daily, but at least every 3 to 4 days is recommended.

Make Your Own Hummingbird Feeder Food

Hang your feeder outside and enjoy the beautiful hummingbirds you attract. I keep trying to catch a picture of one, but when I open up my back door they hear me and fly away!

Hummingbird Food

How to make your own hummingbird feeder food.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups water


  1. Add sugar and water to a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil or heat until sugar dissolves.
  3. Allow to cool and fill up your hummingbird feeder.

Recipe Notes

Extra food can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

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