Feeding Hummingbirds

Female Ruby-throated Hummingbird – Bob Hider

Many of our Seabrook Island residents enjoy watching and feeding the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds that spend the summers on our island.  Making food for these incredible creatures is easy – just use these directions below!  

  1. Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water and bring to a boil to kill any bacteria or mold present.
  2. Cool and fill feeder.
  3. Extra sugar water may be stored in a refrigerator.
  4. No other products, including red dye, should ever be added.

It is suggested to place feeders in the shade and thoroughly clean and replace the food every 3-4 days. Do not use soap – but you may use a solution of 10% bleach and then rinse thoroughly.  It is important to clean every 3-4 days as soon as the temperature reaches into the 80s.

Thanks to Sheila Quigley & David Gardner for sharing this information.