Homemade hummingbird nectar is easy make. There is no need to buy store bought mixtures. It is important to note that you should not use sugar water that contains red food coloring. The red color on the feeders attracts birds just as well, but red dyes in their nectar have been proven harmful to some species. Since red nectar is not necessary to attract birds, make it simple and omit it.
1 part plain white sugar to 4 parts water
For example, 1/4 sugar to 1 cup water or 1 cup sugar to 4 cups water
Place ingredients in saucepan. Heat over medium stovetop burner until sugar dissolves. Allow mixture to come to room temperature before adding it to your clean feeder. Replace nectar in feeder every four days and wash well with bottle brush between fillings.