Hummingbird Feeder Recipe

Cooking time: 5 min Easy - for beginners


One batch makes enough to fill an empty 8 ounce feeder, with a little extra left over to pour into any feeder that is low.


  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar


–Boil water in a teakettle or saucepan

–Pour 1/2 cup of granulated white sugar into a 3 cup , heatproof glass measuring cup.

–Pour 2 cups of boiling water into the cup.. Stir until sugar totally dissolves.

–Cool, and fill feeder.

I have not used this recipe yet, but plan to this spring. Let me know how it works if you try it. Thanks!

The recipe results in a 4:1 ratio of water to sugar, the recommended concentration for hummingbird attraction and good health. If you’re mixing a larger batch, just multiply the measurements accordingly: 1 cup sugar for 4 cups of water, 1 1/2 cups sugar for 6 cups of water, etc. DO NOT USE HONEY.

For an extra sweet “treat” during the colder months, or if you’re just establishing a hummingbird feeding area, for a few days you can use a 3 or 3 1/2 to 1 ratio.

“Attracting Butterflies & Hummingbirds to Your Backyard” by Sally Roth, pp. 45

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