Save our Loved Hummingbirds! Is it the red dye?


Written by: Girl Scout Troop 3984, Edited by: Addis Olive

Girl Scout Troop 3984.

Could the red dye in store-bought nectar be killing the hummingbirds? Recent studies at suggest hummingbirds have been affected by the chemicals in red dye that can lead to disease, suffering, and death in hummingbirds. Check out Happinest Wildlife Rehabilitation and Rescue’s warning on Facebook about the harmful effects of red dye to hummingbirds.

Girl Scout Troop 3984 has a solution to help save the hummingbirds. Here’s a DIY recipe that’s an easy and inexpensive way to provide healthy nectar to hummingbirds in your backyard. Say NO to RED nectar.

The recipe includes sugar, water, and a red colored feeder.

Directions for making safe hummingbird food:

  1. Mix 1 part sugar with 4 parts water (for example, 1 cup of sugar with 4 cups of water) until the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Boil the mixture and put into a red colored feeder (do not add red dye)
  3. Place your hummingbird feeders outside.
  4. Extra sugar water can be stored in a refrigerator.

Pour the nectar into a red feeder to attract the birds safely and remember the filters should be sterilized with hot water each time. For more information on the recipe, visit:

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