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« on: May 02, 2004 12:00:24 PM »

Does anyone know how to make the nectar you put in hummingbird feeders?    i was wandering if i should just buy it because i dont know if they need natural nectar or if it would be bad for them if i make it because i think its just made from sugar and water
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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2004 06:13:33 AM »

It is just sugar and water. I worked at a store that sold humming bird feeders with a recipe for making nectar. It was like 1/2 cup sugar and 3 cups water or something, and then just heated on the stove top until all the sugar dissolved, cooled, and stored in the fridge.

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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2004 07:32:56 AM »

The recipe for hummingbird nectar is 1 part sugar to 4 parts water, so depending on the size of your feeder you can calculate your measurements. Mine holds about a little over a cup of water, so I use cup sugar to 1 cup water. All you have to do is boil the mixture until the sugar dissolves, wait for it to cool and then add to you feeder. Remember to change it every week (it goes bad and can make the birds sick) and keep the feeder in the shade. Oh, and never use artificial sweeteners such as Splenda, it has no calories so it will not benefit the birds.  Grin

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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2004 02:48:24 PM »

Thank you both    I just made the nectar, but its wattery and it spills out of the feeder, do you know if theres anything to make it not spill out or if im doing something wrong?  thank you so much for oyur help
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