Hummingbird Food and Feeder Cleaning

Humming birds are so much fun to watch! We enjoy watching all sorts of birds come to the feeders but the hummingbirds are some of the most fun to spy in the summer! I say spy because they are so fast and tend to be a little timid, but once they know there is a place for food and that they aren’t under any threat, you will begin to see them often. 

Our oldest has a great time trying to see humming birds at the feeder. Today I had him help me mix up food for the hummingbirds and wash the feeder.

  • How to make hummingbird food
  • How to clean your humming bird feeder

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How to Make Hummingbird Food

When we lived in Georgia, our neighbors were very knowledgeable about hummingbirds. In fact, they helped tag hummingbirds! One of the things that we learned from them, is that the store bought food isn’t the best for hummingbirds, especially the kind with red dye. 

Mixing together hummingbird food is so easy and a great way to include your kids!


To feed hummingbirds, you simply need to provide them with sugar water.

The recipe for sugar water for hummingbirds is this:

  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 4 Cups Warm Water

2 Simple Steps to Making Hummingbird Food

Step 1

Put the sugar and water in a container you can stir in.

I suggest warm water because it helps dissolve the sugar. 

Step 2

Stir the sugar and water together until the sugar is dissolved.

Now your hummingbird food is ready to fill up the feeder. 

Storing Leftover Sugar Water

If you have extra food left over, you can put it in a container like the one I’m showing, or even better is a mason jar.

Really any storage container is fine as long as it is sealed tight. Put the extra food in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. 

How to Clean Your Humming Bird Feeder

Every time you bring your hummingbird feeder down to refill, I recommend washing it.

You will be amazed at the grime that you find in your feeder and just how dirty it is. Sugar water is extremely sticky so it will attract all sorts of dirt. 

The best and easiest way to wash your feeder is to rinse it with warm to hot water. Because of the Sugar Water, the warm water takes any of the sticky left from the prior feeding off and cleans up your bird feeder easily.

After you have rinsed it well, take a cloth and wipe off any grime that is still left on the feeder. 

Once you’ve cleaned your feeder you are ready to refill it with the Sugar Water food you’ve made and watch for the hummingbirds to flock to the feeder!

Also, a tip on finding the right hummingbird feeder:

Apparently they aren’t fond of yellow! So if you are not getting hummingbirds to come to your feeder, it may just be the color. The feeder I have shown in these pictures attracts hummingbirds often, all summer long.

Have you ever heard of the color of the feeder being a preference to the humming birds? 

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