Asked April 13, 2019, 1:27 PM EDT
What is the best solution to set out for hummingbirds in a feeder?
Lane County Oregon
Hello, thanks for thinking of us for your garden questions.
I also enjoy watching the hummingbirds visit my feeders.
I think it's important to keep the feeder clean and to change out the solution often in warm weather. You can read about recipes here hummingbird-feeding- and here how-make-hummingbird-nectar Enjoy these jewels of the bird world!
The best (and least expensive) solution for your feeder is a 1:4 solution of refined white sugar to tap water. That’s ¼ cup of sugar in 1 cup of water. Bring the solution to a boil, then let it cool before filling the feeder. You can make a larger batch and refrigerate the extra solution, just remember to bring it up to room temperature before you re-fill the feeder.