Making homemade nectar solution is a simple and inexpensive thing to do to provide the hummingbirds with another food source in addition to flowers. Before reading this post, did you know that it is possible to make your homemade nectar solution too sweet? Well, it is so now let me explain why.
The proper proportions to use when making homemade nectar solution is 1 part sugar to 4 parts water. This ratio closely matches the concentration of sugar found in most flowers.
If you make the nectar solution too sweet then it no longer closely matches the concentration of sugar found in most flowers. It is important to realize that making your nectar solution sweeter then the recommend ratio mentioned above will not draw more hummingbirds to your feeder. By using the proper proportion of sugar to liquid when making the nectar solution you are actually helping to ensure the hummingbird’s health.
Using too much sugar when making homemade nectar solution can cause both reproductive and liver problem in hummingbirds. The good news though is that hummingbirds are very smart and as a result the hummingbirds will just find another food source rather then drink nectar solution which is too sweet.
The use of hummingbird feeders is a simple and inexpensive way to provide an additional food source for the hummingbirds. If you choose to make homemade nectar, it is extremely important not to make the solution too sweet. It is my sincere hope that this post has helped you understand why this is so very important.