The Safest Recipe for Hummingbird Nectar

I always thought the more organic the recipe the safer our Hummingbird nectar would be... I couldn't have been more wrong! 

Q: If Honey and Raw Sugar are organic shouldn't I be using them for my Hummingbird nectar?

A: Absolutely not and here is why

After checking the information from The Audubon Society and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
I thought this might be worth sharing. Who knows how many others might be thinking the same as I?

Plain white table sugar is sucrose, which, when mixed with water, very closely mimics the chemical composition of natural nectar. The safest way to make your own Hummingbird nectar is to follow this proven recipe below.

DO NOT use Honey. It can promote dangerous fungal growth inside the feeder.
DO NOT use Organic, Natural or Raw Sugars either. They contain levels of iron that could be harmful to the Hummingbirds.
DO NOT use Red Dye. Red dye is not necessary and the chemicals could be harmful to the birds.

So here you have it:

The Safest Recipe for Hummingbird Nectar: 

• 1/4 cup refined white sugar

• 1 cup boiling water

• Bowl

• Spoon

1. Mix sugar and boiling water until sugar is dissolved.

2. Cool and fill feeder.

3. Hang up your feeder outside and wait for the hummingbirds to come visit.

Yep, it's as easy as that and we're hoping to attract a few Hummingbirds this year too!

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