One of my favorite things about spring/summer is watching the hummingbirds that visit our yard. I have used the same hummingbird feeders for years. I also prefer to make my own nectar. The recipe is pretty simple.
Homemade Hummingbird Nectar
4 cups water
1 cup sugar
Heat one cup water and add in sugar. Stir thoroughly until sugar dissolves. Then add in 3 cups of cold water. Stir to combine.
I like using a small amount of hot water and mostly cool water. This means I am not waiting hours for the nectar to cool. I do not use red dye and have no problems attracting hummingbirds.
This time of year I fill the feeders with a fair amount of nectar. The temperatures are warm but not so hot that the nectar spoils quickly. As the summer progresses I put less nectar in the feeders. I store the rest in the refrigerator. It means that I need to fill them several times a week, but I am not wasting the nectar.
The last tip I have is to keep your feeders clean. An old toothbrush works great for scrubbing them. I also like to use pipe cleaners to keep the feeding holes clean. Pipe cleaners are inexpensive and effective.
W and I enjoy sitting in the yard to watch the hummingbirds. It is free entertainment in exchange for a bit of food. Of course you could always grow flowers that attract hummingbirds. Check out this link for information on the best flowers for hummingbirds.