Hummingbirds need a variety of nutrients to remain healthy such as protein, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, which are found in the insects they consume.
Another important part of a hummingbirds diet is hummingbird nectar, which is a simple sugar and water solution.
Hummingbirds feed on nectar from various types of trumpet-shaped flowers. They also rely on us, hummingbird enthusiasts, to provide them with nectar that we place in our hummingbird feeders and hang in our yards.
The simple nectar recipe is made by combining 1-part white sugar to 4-parts water. Warm (do not boil) the mixture so that the sugar dissolves. Allow the mixture to cool before filling your feeder.
If you don't have time to make your own nectar or would prefer to buy it, there are several instant hummingbird nectars available.
Perky-Pet® makes a wide variety of instant hummingbird nectars each is made with 100% sucrose (sugar), and contains no artificial flavors or sweeteners.
Instant hummingbird nectar is a sugar powder that mixes instantly with tap water. Liquid ready-to-use and liquid concentrate nectars are also available.
The ready-to-use versions you simply pour right from the bottle into your feeder. The liquid concentrates are easily mixed with water and immmediately ready to use to fill your feeders
Want to know more? Read this article on how hummingbirds rely on more than just taste when deciding on how much nectar to drink.
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