This time of year I am always looking for a recipe to make my own hummingbird food. It's cheaper and better for the birds (that red stuff at the store is gross!).
Hummingbird Food Recipe
4 parts water
1 part sugar
Boil this solution to kill bacteria and make it last longer. I boil the water, remove from heat, then stir in the sugar, making sure it is completely dissolved. Let it cool before use. You can store the extras in the refrigerator.
-Replace and clean your feeder every few days. Professionals suggest doing this anywhere between one or two days to a week, depending on the outside temperature.
-Use WHITE SUGAR only! Any other sugar or sweeteners can be harmful and even kill hummingbirds.
With Mother's Day approaching, a great gift idea would be to get a hummingbird feeder and make a batch of this food. Don't forget to include the recipe so she can make more.
Kern River Preserve, Audubon California. (October 21, 1998). Feeding Hummingbirds. Retrieved from http://kern.audubon.org/hummer_feeding.htm
Janet & Brian, Wild Bird Shop. (1995). Feeding Hummingbirds. Retrieved from http://www.wildbirdshop.com/Birding/humfeed.html