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A hand holding a hummingbird feeder outside.

Easy Homemade Hummingbird Food Recipe

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  • Author: Chelsea L. Allard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes (+ 1 hour cooling)
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x
  • Category: Bird Food
  • Method: Boil
  • Cuisine: American


This homemade hummingbird food recipe is quick, inexpensive, easy to scale and only requires two simple ingredients.



1 cup white table sugar

4 cups water, boiling


  1. Bring four cups of water to a gentle boil in a medium saucepan for one minute. Keep the lid on to reduce the amount of evaporation as evaporation will slightly alter the sugar to water ratio.
  2. Turn off the burner and remove the water from the heat. Carefully pour 1 cup of white table sugar into the hot water and stir until completely dissolved.
  3. Cover the pan again and let sit until it reaches room temperature (roughly an hour).
  4. Pour the homemade hummingbird food into your feeder and hang it outside for the birds.


  • Do not use raw, brown, or powdered sugar, turbinado, honey, agave, corn syrup, etc. White table sugar (sucrose) is the closest to the chemical makeup of flower nectar, so it’s important to stick with that.
  • Empty, wash and refill your hummingbird feeder every 3 days.
  • Use a 4:1 ratio of water-to-sugar if adjusting the recipe to yield more or less. Quick water-to-sugar measurements in cups: 4:1, 3:3/4, 2:1/2, 1:1/4