Make Hummingbird Food DIY

Are you a hummingbird lover? Do you wish to make hummingbird food on your own? Well, rejoice because it is indeed possible — and the bonus is it is very easy and cheap to make. For someone who has a hummingbird pet, you may be wondering how the food is being made; you are quite curious about the ingredients and the process itself. So here it is, the complete procedure on how to make hummingbird food DIY:

Hummingbird Food DIY

Prepare the ingredients

Although hummingbird food is quite easy to make, you need to make sure that you prepare exact ingredients beforehand. Lacking any of the ingredients will surely hinder you from accomplishing your DIY goal.

So, in order to get started you need 4 cups of water and 1 cup of regular sugar (white cane). If you want to add some food color, you must also prepare your preferred food coloring. Some hummingbird lovers do not want food coloring on their hummingbird food because they want it to be natural as well as free from chemicals. But if you prefer to add a mix of color to the food of your bird, you may do so. Anyway, pet stores sell colored hummingbird food so it should be fine. Some also say that hummingbirds are attracted to colored feeds, especially the red ones so you may really try it out and see for yourself.

Follow instructions carefully

Whether you are getting instructions online or from a manual for hummingbirds, you need to ensure that you don’t miss a single step. It is also important to make sure that the procedures you are following come from a credible source. This is why it’s safest to get instructions from hummingbird owners or pet stores directly.

According to a reliable pet store which sells hummingbird food, here are the steps to follow:

1. Boil water.
2. As soon as the water boils, mix 1 cup of sugar.
3. Turn off the gas range, and set aside the solution.
4. Dissolve the sugar in the water by stirring it thoroughly. Make sure that the water is already clear before you stop stirring.
5. This procedure is optional. Add some drops of food coloring. To make a conventional hummingbird food, choose red as your bird food coloring.
6. Allow it to cool.
7. You are now ready to fill your hummingbird feeder. Make sure that it is clean before you pour the solution.
8. You can place your leftover hummingbird food in the fridge so you can use it the next day.
9. Cleaning and refilling bird feeders should be done every three to five days.
10. If it is extremely hot, clean and refill more frequently to prevent bacteria from building up in your hummingbird food.

Making hummingbird food on your own is very rewarding on your part as you get to do it for your beloved pet. Aside from this, you can also save money because making your own hummingbird food is cheaper as compared to buying it from pet stores. You can also spare yourself from going outside in order to buy food for your hummingbirds.

References:

1. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Ruby-throated_Hummingbird/id
2. http://www.rubythroat.org/rthumigrationmain.html