This afternoon, I thought it would be fun to help the girls set up a hummingbird feeder. We have planted a cardinal flower, which is supposed to attract hummingbirds, but so far we have had no customers. So, I thought we would add a new item to the menu.
I took Morgan and Emmelyn out to Lowe’s to get a little feeder, and we came home to set it up. To begin, we started to create our nectar. I will include the very simple recipe at the bottom of this post.
Each of the girls had a hand in mixing the solution and also helped to
carefully pour it into the feeder when it was done. While cooling, I went out to the shed and picked up one of our Shepherd’s Hooks to hang the feeder on outside our window on the side of the house.
Now we just get to wait and see if we get any interested birds.
1 part sugar
4 parts water
Bring to a boil for 1-2 minutes and let cool.
It used to be customary to use red food coloring in the solution to help attract the hummingbirds. I have read in some places that the red dye can cause mouth sores to form in the hummingbirds, which is obviously not the intended outcome. We chose a red feeder so that we wouldn’t have to add food coloring to the solution. For more detailed information you can check out this article about how to care for the feeder and making the nectar solution.