Asked on May 29, 2017

Should you put food coloring in hummingbird's necter?



10 answers
  • Nicky
    on May 29, 2017

    We always put red in. It's harmless and keeps them coming, we have hundreds!!
  • FL
    on May 29, 2017

    You don't have to, according to everything I have read. Just have a red colored tip or something red in or on the feeder. Have fun!
  • Kim
    on May 29, 2017

    Short answer is "no". The theory is that it harms the hummingbirds. My hummingbird nectar never has food coloring in it and it is covered with hummingbirds. My mother has somewhere around 20 feeders and she makes her nectar the same way I do. 3 parts water to 1 part sugar- no food coloring.. (3cups water/1cup sugar)
  • Dga24347414
    on May 29, 2017

    We use just sugar water and have had good luck
  • Janet Pizaro
    Janet Pizaro
    on May 29, 2017

    There are many conflicting articles on this,to be safe use plants to attract more hummingbirds,Salvia,Cuphera,coneflower,black eyed susan
  • James
    on May 29, 2017

    DO NOT use any additives other than sugar with the water.
  • Pam Lindau
    Pam Lindau
    on May 30, 2017

    No! Just use simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water, heated until dissolved and liquid is clear)
  • John
    on May 30, 2017

    hummingbirds are especially attracted to yellows, oranges, reds....I always have more at the reds and oranges
  • Tam13317878
    on May 30, 2017

    I'd always heard a 3 to 1 ratio; 3 parts sugar to one part water. Food dye isn't needed although they are attracted to red so that is why the red colored feeders are most popular.
  • Beachem2015
    on May 30, 2017

    No please don't use red dye, Not good for the birds anymore than it is for us. I have about 15 hummingbirds at my feeders daily with only a clear solution. As long as your feeder is red and colorful they will come!
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