Interesting Info on Homemade Nectar
A few days ago, I was perusing a few Hummer sites, clicked on one and found this info which I thought I'd pass along. The site credit is NectarArtPrints by Jean Lee Habenicht.
In regard to water/sugar ratio, not only is it a myth that more sugar will attract more hummers and give them an extra boost, it can be harmful and may cause liver and reproduction problems. This high ratio of sugar does not match the natural concentration found in flowers. In fact, if temps are higher than 90 degrees, a 5/1 is preferable because they need more water. It is the proportion of sugar to liquid in every sip that keeps the hummers healthy.
And too, it was mentioned that boiling the water helps prevent fermentation.
I've never used anything other than the 4/1 ratio...I thought this was an interesting read...what do you think?
P.S. The high ratio mentioned above means 3/1, etc.