Attract hummingbirds to your garden with a few helpful hints from Audubon about your Hummingbird feeders:

  • Fill your hummingbird feeders with sugar water made by combining four parts hot water to one part white sugar, boiled for one to two minutes. Never use honey, artificial sweeteners, or red dye.
  • Hang your feeders in the shade to prevent the sugar solution from fermenting.
  • Be sure to change the sugar water regularly -- before it gets cloudy, or about twice a week in warm weather.
  • Clean the feeders with a solution of one part white vinegar to four parts water about once a week. If your feeder has become dirty, try adding some grains of dry rice to the vinegar solution and shake vigorously. The grains act as a good abrasive.
  • Rinse your feeder well with warm water three times before refilling with sugar solution.
  • Check Hummingbirds at Home and eBird to find out when the first hummingbird sightings occur each spring, and hang your feeders up a couple of weeks before that. In the fall, keep your feeders up for two weeks after you see the last bird using it