Baby-food Jar feeder
Baby-food jar with a screw-on cap
Hammer and a large nail
1 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup beet juice
3 feet of string
To make your feeder, first clean the baby-food jar. Have a grown-up (if your
not) make four holes in the cap with the hammer and nail. Make sure there are no
sharp edges on the top of the cap.
With the help of an adult (again if your not), put the water in a saucepan and
bring it to a boil. Stir in the sugar and the beet juice. This is the nectar for
the hummingbird. The beet juice makes it red, which is the hummingbird's
favorite color. Note: Do NOT use food coloring, as it may harm the
When you have finished making the nectar, pour it into the baby-food jar until
it's about three-fourths full. Screw the cap on tightly and tie a string firmly
around the neck of the jar. Fasten the other end of the string to a tree branch.
Don't get discouraged if you don't see any hummingbirds right away -- it
sometimes takes several weeks for them to discover your feeder. Just be sure to
clean your hummingbird feeder and change the nectar every few days.