Hummingbird Food Recipe
Hummingbird Food Recipe or Formula
If you want to add the delight of Hummingbirds to your yard, you can entice them by offering great food for them to enjoy. They are opportunistic and they will find their way to your yard if you have it. They love the color red so if you have red flowers that can be a natural attraction. Not everyone does though or wants to plant flowers to get birds to come around.
Hummingbirds don’t consume bird seed so don’t put that out there and hope that you will get some birds coming along. Instead, you want to put out what they will like. They consume mainly sugar for energy and that includes nectar and tree sap. There are some recipes you can make at home to add to a Hummingbird feeder that will allow them to get what they need and bring them around often for your enjoyment.
Don’t waste your money on products that are for sale out there that have protein and everything in them. The birds don’t need it as they get protein from the insects that they consume. Such products are expensive so save your money and make what you are going to offer on your own.
It is very simple to make a formula that tastes like nectar and offers the right nutritional value for Hummingbirds. In a sauce pan mix 2 cups of water and ½ a cup of white cane sugar. Slowly bring it to a boil and stir the sugar so that it melts. Allow it to make a type of syrup. Don’t worry if the concoction is thin as it will thicken up as it cools. Never place this food recipe outside for the hummingbirds until it has completely cooled.
If the birds don’t consume all of it in about a week you will want to wash the bird feeder and remove what is left. Try to only wash with water as soap can leave behind a residue that will alter the taste of the formula for the Hummingbirds and then they will be less likely to consume it.
Keep a good eye on the level of product in the feeder at night too. If you wake up and it is all gone that is a sign that you may have some bats around that are coming to enjoy the food as well. If that is the case you may want to take your Hummingbird feeder down at night to keep them away.
You may have to experiment a bit with Hummingbird food recipes and formulas. Pay attention to what is attracting the most of them. If the food you put out there isn’t being consumed it may not be sweet enough or the right consistency. As you practice you will get better and better with it. If you have children allow them to help you make the food you will offer for the Hummingbirds. They will get a great deal of joy out of doing so.
On a side note, experts state that there is absolutely no truth at all to the stories that by having food out for Hummingbirds you will prevent them from migrating where they will stay warm and have the chance for mating. Their bodies are instinctively driven to migrate by more than food so that isn’t going to keep them.
When you offer food like this to Hummingbirds it can actually increase their chances of survival over the winter. They need to be able to double in size before they begin the migration process. If they can’t find enough food then they aren’t going to be strong and healthy enough to make that journey that could be up to 2,000 miles.