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English: A female ruby-throated hummingbird (A...My Pets,

Life is full of its little joys and pleasures. Hummingbirds are but one example.

Watching them jet about is a sheer delight. Feeding them in the winter when they need it the most is absolutely rewarding. Try this recipe!

Hummingbird Nectar

1/4 cup sugar for every 1 cup of water

Put water and sugar in a saucepan. Bring solution to a boil stirring until sugar is dissolved. Let cool.

Fill feeder station with the solution. Store excess sugar water in the refrigerator. Throw it out after about two (2) weeks. I keep track of my stored sugar water on a calendar.

Check the outdoor hummingbird feeding station several times a week for cloudy water; it is a sign the solution has gone bad. Change sugar water often to prevent mold and spoilage.

Hummingbirds are attracted to red. Although it is not necessary, you can add a little bit of red food coloring to the sugar water solution after it has cooled. However, the food coloring makes it more difficult to detect cloudy and spoiled solution.

Never use honey or molasses or artificial sweeteners to make hummingbird nectar.