Hummingbird Feeder Hack June 30 2016
And while on the subject of nectar, are you making your own yet? It's the easiest thing in the world that take just a few minutes, no red dye please. Home made is best for hummingbirds' health and costs pennies... so why wouldn't you? Because every time you see the recipe, the instructions are different! Boil the sugar & water or don't boil? Store 2 weeks, store 10 days in fridge? Let cool for 2 hours, cool for 5 hours. How could something so simple be so confusing?
Here's our take, and we've been doing it for ions!
Pure cane sugar, not beet sugar, not brown sugar, nothing but plain table sugar (pure cane is preferred). The ratio is 1:4, that's 1 cup of sugar to 4 cups of water. There's really no need to boil the water because hummingbirds will spread any bacteria through their beaks.
Do not boil the sugar as it weakens the mixture. The only good reason for boiling water is to dissolve sugar more effectively! With that said, you can avoid cooling time by using just one cup of boiling water to dissolve the sugar (takes 5 seconds). Add 3 cups of cold water and your nectar is now ready to fill feeders instantly!
Why would you want to wait for cooling time? Nobody has time for anything these days! Store remaining nectar in the fridge for up to 3 weeks... yes it will keep for 21 days in a properly sealed container.
And if for some reason you're still hesitant to make your own? Measuring cups? Utensils? Mess? Nectar Aid is a groovy self-measuring pitcher thing that's fool-proof! Just fill each side with equal parts of sugar and water and you're done! Make and store nectar in the pitcher, it even has its own slide out mixer so you don't have to retrieve the spoon from the drawer! No excuses now... so show your hummingbirds some love :)