What Is the Best Sugar Water Recipe for Hummingbirds?

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It’s fun to watch hummingbirds hover around a feeder — the vibrant colors and unique motions of these mesmerizing birds add beauty and interest to your garden. For a long time, people typically bought premade hummingbird nectar to put in their feeders, but we’ve learned that it’s healthier for the birds, easier for you and less expensive all around to make your own.

If you look for a hummingbird nectar recipe, you’ll find simple mixes in different places — from bird-watching organizations to recipe sites to sugar companies — but the general ratio of ingredients is typically the same. It’s easy, effective and made with things you probably already have in your kitchen cabinet.