Can I Make Hummingbird Nectar With Brown Sugar?

Hummingbirds, small fluttering birds, feed entirely on the nectar of the flowers. From home feeders, a mixture of sugar water mimics the nutritional value of flower nectar and is ideal for feeding hummingbirds.

Sugar water is an alternative to a hummingbird's natural food source of flower nectar.

What Type of Sugar?

It is best to feed hummingbirds with a homemade nectar made from white cane sugar. Brown sugar and honey should not be used when making hummingbird food.


Unlike white sugar, nectar made using brown sugar does not have the same nutritional value. Since brown sugar's nutritional value differs, the hummingbirds do not get their required nutrients from brown sugar nectar.

Making Nectar

To make hummingbird nectar at home, mix 1 cup of sugar to 4 cups of water. Boil the mixture to produce a syrup-like consistency and remove any present bacteria. Cool the nectar before filling the feeder. For larger or small feeders, adjust the measurements using 4 to 1 ratio of water to sugar.