Sunday, August 25, 2013

Homemade Hummingbird Food

I absolutely love our little hummingbirds! Years ago, when Truckin' Mans parents lived here on the farm, Mom fed about 30 hummingbirds. That's a lot! With having some patience, I am starting to get them coming back to the farm. Our best attempt to count, has us believing we have 6 regulars right now.

I mentioned yesterday that the next couple posts are going to be seasonal recipes. While this isn't a recipe for me or you to enjoy, our little feathered friends love it!

I feed them about 4 cups of food or nectar each week. I have never bought the store "stuff", I always make it myself. I make a batch of 4 cups on the weekend, and put out 2 cups on Sunday. Then I switch out the feeders on Wednesday, with the remaining two cups. Sometimes the feeder is already empty when I get out there. Other times there is still plenty left, like this week.

I suppose the difference in how much they consume is really dependent on what is blooming for them to eat. It's easy to help them have nectar close by. Just wash your feeders out regularly. More often in the hottest periods. You don't want any bugs or mold in there.

The thing that I am the fussiest about with their food, and my own food, is I will only use cane sugar. If the bag doesn't say "Cane Sugar", I am not buying it. 

Hummingbird Food
4 parts water
1 part sugar

In large pot, bring water to a boil. Stir in sugar.  Boil for two to three minutes.  Let cool.

Once liquid is cool, pour into bird feeder. 

Store extra food in jar in the refrigerator, for up to one week.

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  1. I love my little hummers too. I had a baby early this spring. My recipe is the same as yours. But I do mine in the microwave for 6 minutes. I only have two feeders and make 4 cups at a time. I think I have 4 that I can tell anyway.

    I'd love it is you linked this to What'd You Do This Weekend?

    Wishes for tasty dishes,
    Linda @ Tumbleweed Contessa

  2. I need to get a hummingbird feeder! I've seen several out lately on my butterfly bushes. I always enjoy seeing them when I look out the window.

  3. Oh what amazing photos Kris! I want to come live on your farm! I hope your chickens are doing better. I am sorry to be behind on my email. Lots to tell you. But I hope you and truckin man are doing well. I will catch up this weekend....I promise!

  4. Very nice pictures, I just love watching hummingbirds. I also make my own hummingbird feed, so easy and the birds love it. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick