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Hummingbird Food Recipe

Hummingbird Food Recipe (Won’t Harm Birds)

  • Author: Elizabeth Rider
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Method: Boil


This easy homemade hummingbird food recipe is super simple to make and won’t harm hummingbirds. In fact, they love it! Add it to an attractive hummingbird feeder at least 4 feet off the ground and away from bird’s nests. Your patio is a great place to put it.


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  • 4 cups of filtered water
  • 1 cup cane sugar (aka plain white sugar—do NOT use any other sugar)*(Never add food coloring to hummingbird food—it can harm birds.)


  1. Boil the water. Remove from heat. Stir in the sugar and let it sit for a minute until it dissolves. Stir it again to make the sugar water uniform (the sugar should be completely dissolved.)
  2. Let your new hummingbird food cool to room temperature. Add it to your hummingbird feeder.
  3. Store the rest in an airtight glass container in your refrigerator up to two weeks.


*Only use white cane sugar. No honey, powdered sugar, turbinado sugar, or any other sugar as they may contain concentrated plant nutrients that can harm hummingbirds. Use straight up white cane sugar.

Filtered water is best, but tap water works, too.

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