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    • Hummingbird & Oriole Nectar

      ISO: Johnson & Johnson Baby Bath Recipe-b101-tuckered-hummer.jpgAttract lovely Hummingbirds and Orioles in your garden and around your home with this super easy homemade nectar recipe.

      You'll Need:

      2 cups water, boiling
      1/2 cup white granulated sugar
      Hummingbird Feeders

      Add sugar to boiling water, bring back up to a boil (for just under 2 minutes) Remove from heat, cool. Store in the refrigerator.

      To Make 1 Gallon of Hummingbird Nectar
      4 Cups of Granulated Cane Sugar
      16 Cups of Water (1 gallon)

      Bring the water to a boil, add the sugar, stirring occasionally. Make sure the sugar is completely dissolved. Boil for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, cool completely before filling feeders. Do Not boil longer than 2 minutes as you will create a thickened syrup that will attract bees/wasps/yellowjackets - making it more difficult for the hummingbirds to be able to eat in peace without having to fight for their food.

      ISO: Johnson & Johnson Baby Bath Recipe-b101-hummers.jpg

      Homemade Hummingbird nectar should be changed every 3 days, depending on the temperature. If it becomes "cloudy" or stringy, remove it immediately and wash the feeder in hot soapy water (using dish detergent).

      High temperatures
      Change nectar after:
      71-75F 6 Days
      76-80F 5 Days
      81-84 4 Days
      85-88 3 Days
      89-92 2 Days
      93+ Change Daily




      WARNING: Do not vary the ingredient amounts, it can be deadly to birds. Do not substitute artificial sweeteners or honey as both are lethal to birds. Also, do not add food coloring to the water, it is unnecessary and unhealthy.

      Other Interesting Facts you might enjoy about these sweet little birds:

      • Hummingbirds collect lichens & Spider Web fibers to build their nests. They will not use string, yarn or other nesting materials if you put them out, so save those items for the songbirds


      • Hummingbirds have little to no sense of smell and are drawn by bright colors rather than fragrances.


      • Be sure to put feeders up in early spring and leave them well into late fall. It is a MYTH that hummingbirds will not migrate if the food is still available. Migration takes place due to their own internal clock and by leaving the feeders up in place, you will be helping any stragglers and ensuring their successful migration.


      • Male Hummingbirds will often fly in a U-Shaped Pattern, this display is called the Pendulum Display. It is done to attract the ladies and to impress them enough to get them to mate. You'll frequently see this behavior in Late Spring/Early summer while the females are on the feeders.


      • "Bully" hummers on your feeder? Hummingbirds are territorial. If you're seeing a number of so called "bullies" chasing off other hummers, simply put up More feeders. This "bullying" is natural selection hard at work and you shouldn't interfere with it.


      • Perhaps you're wondering why you should boil the water at all when making homemade hummer food.. well, boiling the water removes any impurities, over chlorination (or other chemicals) and naturally occurring bacteria that may be unhealthy for the hummingbird. Again, as a reminder, do not boil the hummingbird food solution longer than 2 minutes as this creates a syrup that will only attract bees/wasps/yellowjackets and other undesirables.
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      Comments 5 Comments
      1. MabelMartha's Avatar
        MabelMartha -
        Great recipe and all the important instructions. Orioles are also attracted to fruit. That includes apple cores. Just hang them in an area where there is no access to cats and watch them enjoy the treat.
      1. Cali4yaokie's Avatar
        Cali4yaokie -
        Interesting, I will be doings this. Thanks.
      1. jmbart's Avatar
        jmbart -
        I have made my own hummingbird/oriel syrup for many years. Thanks for the tips about boiling and changing every 3 days.
      1. redclaydirt's Avatar
        redclaydirt -
        always feed the hummers and all our flying friends, but had not heard of the apple core trick - love it! thanks for the info

        always enjoy feeding our flying friends. appreciate the apple core trick and will be giving the grands apples for snack today!
        thanks for the tip
      1. Firebird's Avatar
        Firebird -
        My hummingbird recipe is 1 C sugar in 1/2 gallon of hot water (I use the Simply Orange 59 oz. bottles because they are sturdy and have a large opening) - I add 2-3 drops of red food coloring - more so I can see the level of nectar in the feeder - and my secret ingredient is: 4-6 DROPS OF PURE ORANGE EXTRACT.... I keep my nectar in the refrigerator and when it hits the 90s on a summer afternoon, I fill the feeders (3 of them) with 'a cold one' and it's like happy hour. I never have less than 20 birds around each feeder. I make 6 jugs of nectar every 2 days - and I buy so much sugar I bet ATF would think I'm running a still. I have so many hummers we can't even go away for two days without asking a neighbor to do refills!

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