Have a treat ready for Hummingbirds this summer
Flitting to and fro with incredible speed, hummingbirds are one of the most captivating sights in any garden. You can draw more to your home simply by using the sugary nectar they crave in your favorite feeder. Hummingbirds feed on a combination of insects and flower nectar, which is a simple solution of sugar and water that’s easy to make yourself.
Our Hummingbird Nectar Recipe
Simply bring 1 cup of tap water to a boil and stir in ¼ cup of Domino® Granulated Pure Cane Sugar until fully dissolved. Allow mixture to cool to room temperature, and then add it to your feeder.
If you have a large feeder, simply add more nectar by sticking to the ratio of 1-part sugar to 4 parts water. The solution will keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
A few things to remember when feeding Hummingbirds:
- We recommend avoiding using food colorings, honey, brown sugars, or unrefined sugars. For example, you don’t want to use Domino® Brown Sugar or Domino® Golden Sugar, as the molasses in it can be harmful to Hummingbirds. You may use our Domino® Granulated Pure Cane Sugar.
- Never spray insecticides or other poisons near bird feeders.
- Properly clean feeders, replacing nectar every 5-6 days in cooler climates, or 2-3 days in warmer areas.
- Hummingbirds also drink plain water, so keep a birdbath available nearby.
Here are some other fun Hummingbird facts:
- Hummingbirds feed 5-8 times an hour.
- Hummingbirds have the greatest energy output, gram for gram, of any warm-blooded animal.
- A hummingbird’s wings can beat 200 times per second during courtship!
- A hummingbird’s tongue is roughly twice the length of its beak and licks nectar up to 13 times per second when feeding.
- The Bee Hummingbird is the smallest hummingbird in the world at 2” long, weighing 1/15 of an ounce!
- Pick up some Domino® Granulated Pure Cane Sugar, put up your feeder and make some feathered friends this summer.
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