Q: Is it better to buy or make nectar for hummingbird feeders? A:
Chris Verma, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited
in Claremont, says you should not buy liquid feeds because they have additives that can harm the birds. To make your own, bring one part ordinary sugar and four parts water just to a boil and then let cool. Do not add any dye. If you want to have something red on a plain feeder, tying a ribbon on it will do
. Be sure to replace the nectar and clean the feeder every few days to avoid stuff growing in it that would harm the birds.