Feeding and caring for hummingbirds is one easy, inexpensive and rewarding part-time. So many hummingbird food recipes are super-easy to make, particularly because everything basically rests upon preparing nectar for those lovely birds.
But you can’t talk of these recipes without first mentioning the fact that hummingbirds are known sugar junkies. These slender, petite-sized birds have one of the fastest metabolism in the world and this help convert the sugars to energy to power their bodies.
A classic example is the ruby-throated species who is believed to have the highest metabolism rate because it flaps its wings over 70 times a second. In terms of us, humans, the food that would trigger the same rate of metabolism would be sugary foods worth 300 pounds. This simply means, if you were to live on the typical diet of a Hummingbird, you would surely have cavities in addition to becoming overweight or diabetic.
Hummingbird Food Recipes Hacks
With that said, if you need to make the right hummingbird food, don’t just copy what all these recipes filling the web advocate for, without having a grasp of the nitty-gritty. Master the following Hummingbird Food Recipes hacks and your backyard will soon be an oasis for the beautiful, frenetic and miniature winged birds.
Always use boiled water
You must never use unboiled water (or tap water) when making the nectar solution. And even when it is boiled and cooled, make sure to filter the water before dissolving the white sugars in them.
Fake sugars are a No-no!
This refers to all those pink sugars, fructose corn syrup, and the likes.
You see, fake sugars have no calories, yet hummingbirds require calories for their abnormally high metabolism. Further, artificial sweeteners can harm these birds in a number of ways, something that might even kill them. So, because hummingbirds won’t tell the difference and will, instead, suck them, it is upon you to ensure you only use natural white or cane sugars.
Dyes are a big No!
Hummingbirds love spending time in a calm, serene place that’s identical to their natural habitat. And so, if you would like to see them thrive peacefully, don’t try to recreate the same environment using any form of synthetic paint or dye. Red dye is strictly forbidden as it can harm them and it’s normally recommended that you choose a large ‘bull matador’ cap instead.
Keep changing the recipe
Hummingbird food connoisseurs advise that you don’t stick to the same food for long. After a couple of days, you should change the nectar since heat breaks down the sugars in the water, making the nectar solution less sugary. Also, if the solution is left unchanged for longer, it will remain susceptible to harmful bacteria.
More importantly, always keep the hummingbird feeder clean by using a bottle brush and warm soapy water. If you don’t observe this, yeast will act on the sugars, fermenting the solution and subsequently harming the birds.