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Feeding Hummingbirds

Eastside Audubon member Maureen Sunn boils all of the hummingbird how-to down to one simple recipe.

Hummingbird Feeder Recipe

  1. Measure 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. (Example: One-quarter cup sugar to 1 cup water.)
  2. Bring mixture to a boil. Stir to dissolve sugar. Cool mixture.
  3. Fill feeders just enough for a day or two of use. In hot weather the mixture can spoil quickly. Any extra solution can be refrigerated for up to a week.

Important: Use white sugar only. Do not use any other type of sweetener. Do not add red food dye.

Glass feeders are the easiest to clean. I use the small ones that hold just about one cup of liquid. For more information and reviews of feeders, view the reviews at

Cleaning Your Feeders

Change the sugar solution often. Wash after each use, using only vinegar and water. Soap and bleach can harm birds.

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