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Long Lasting Hummingbird Food Recipe – Easy DIY

This long lasting hummingbird food recipe is THE best feed to keep those hummingbirds coming back year after year, simple and homemade with kitchen ingredients.  No more moldy or fermented sugar feed – this recipe has a simple ingredient to keep that feeder fresh and clean!

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We absolutely LOVE this hummingbird food recipe – I absolutely swear by it.  When we first moved onto our homestead, I bought a plastic feeder and the dyed red store bought mix, thinking it would help attract the hummingbirds.  Wrong. When I switched to making a homemade feed, we immediately noticed more birds coming back more often.  Homemade feed is the way to go!

This Easy DIY Hummingbird Food Recipe Is:

  • All Natural
  • Simple
  • Made with Normal Kitchen Ingredients
  • Easy
  • Inexpensive
  • NOT Dyed Red

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A female hummingbird enjoying the feed about 1 minute after we put up this gorgeous new feeder.

How To Make Hummingbird Food Last Longer?

If you’ve tried the normal sugar/water routine but still find your feeders going moldy after a few days, I do have one small addition that will make a world of difference to your hummingbirds. It’s a beekeeper trick I use for my beehives. I noticed that our beehive’s sugar would start fermenting after a few days, thereby causing our hive tops to start showing signs of mold.  Adding a tiny pinch of Vitamin C powder in the feed can help – the acid keeps the sugar from fermenting, making it last longer in the feeder.  I also read the addition of Vitamin C makes the feed appear closer to flower nectar since it has a small amount of added nutrients… but I’m not a specialist so I can’t verify this is true.   I want to note that I am not an animal or bird expert, just a beekeeper and homesteader who has seen some major improvements from adding this small nutrient to my hives and bird feeders.

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A ruby throated male at our hummingbird feeder this spring!

What’s In This DIY Hummingbird Food Recipe:

When to Put Out Hummingbird Feeders?

I live in Massachusetts so I put my feeders out April 21 – the first day of spring!  I noticed that’s when we see the first sign of hummingbirds around the homestead.  One thing to note is not to keep your feeders out too long in the season. The birds need to migrate, so keeping them around a colder climate can delay their migration. The Mass Audubon Society says put them away before the nights get below freezing… which in Massachusetts can be anytime in the fall!  As a benchmark, we put them away mid-October, but keep an eye on the weather in your area.

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What’s The Best Hummingbird Feeder?

With so many models, I choose the feeders that are the easiest to keep clean!  My hummingbirds absolutely love this glass feeder, which has metal flower ports, not plastic ones. I found the plastic ports are harder to keep clean, the ‘petals’ break, and grow brittle over time. Based on personal experience I found the glass feeders are much easier to clean and our birds seem to prefer these over the plastic ones.  Plus this feeder is absolutely beautiful, and I’ve even given them to family as gifts (with a small bag of Vitamin C powder).

I have the ‘Amethyst’ one (as you can see in all the pictures here!), but the red one is the same design, just a different color!

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How Do I Make Hummingbird Feeder Mix?

  1. On the stove top, bring the water to a boil.
  2. Add the sugar and the Vitamin C powder, and stir until both dissolve.
  3. Allow the feed to cool, then add it to your feeder. Each feeder will be different, so make sure you read the directions.

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Longer Lasting Hummingbird Food Recipe

Kelly Jensen
This long lasting hummingbird food recipe is THE best feed to keep those hummingbirds coming back year after year, simple and homemade with kitchen ingredients.  No more moldy or fermented sugar feed - this recipe has a simple ingredient to keep that feeder fresh and clean!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course DIY, Home & Beauty
Servings 20 ounces

Equipment

  • Pot
  • Hummingbird Feeder

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • On the stove top, bring the water to a boil.
  • Add the sugar and the Vitamin C powder, and stir until both dissolve.
  • Allow the feed to cool, then add it to your feeder. Each feeder will be different, so make sure you read the directions.

Notes

Note: This recipe makes about 20 ounces of feed, just enough to fill one of these feeders which we have on our porch.
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