Recipe and Instructions
DO NOT USE HONEY, IT IS OFTEN FATAL. DO NOT USE RED DYE, IT IS UNNECESSARY AND HARMFUL.
Dissolve one part sugar and four parts warm water in a glass container.
Stir or boil mixture until sugar is completely dissolved. Allow mixture to cool before filling feeder.
Fill your feeder with only the amount you think will be consumed within a few days. If the nectar spoils in the feeder, your hummers may not return to that feeder for a long time, if ever!
The remainder of the solutions may be kept in the refrigerator for several weeks.
Hummingbird Fun Facts
Feeding hummingbirds is a very enjoyable way to observe the smallest of all birds. Tiny as they are, their energy requirements are huge. They are thought to reach speeds of around 50 mph... but to do so, they must consume roughly 50% of their body weight in nectar every day!
A hummingbird's diet includes insects (for protein and fat), as well as nectar produced by tubular flowers. You may be surprised to learn that hummingbirds are not instinctively attracted to the color red. But they learn, while feeding, that red tubular flowers contain more nectar than other colored flowers. Nectar is found in tubular flowers, most that are not red, and hummingbirds do feed from those as well.
If you have a problem with bees at your hummingbird feeder you can circle the ports with mint oil. This does not effect the birds but the bees do not like the smell.