Use Puddlers as Butterfly Feeders too!


December 3, 2014
posted by birdhouse chick @ 1:28 pm

Puddlers are versatile as butterfly feedersGift idea #22: Prompt a butterfly haven

What gardener or birding enthusiast doesn’t adore butterflies? If they’re fairly new to either hobby, the first point of concern is habitat, even if they happen to be seasoned vets… habitat is always key in luring any winged wonders to the garden!

Food, water and shelter simply equal habitat, not too complicated at all. When landscaping a new home, or enhancing existing gardens, native plants are always the best choice, for wildlife and the home-owner. As food sources and as shelter, they’re more likely to thrive in local soils. Nectar-producing flowers (including many of the showy annuals) are really butterfly feeders themselves.Staked glass butterfly feeders offer great versatility

Butterfly houses? Although they make for stunning garden accents with an almost magical appeal… we’re not convinced butterflies actually use them! But another cool butterfly feeder is hand-blown and home grown right here in Georgia. On a tall stake, these large glass flowers offer versatility for feeding nectar as well. Birds will use them as sippers with fresh water, and even suet or jelly for migratory friends works great! Best of all, these are lovely in the garden whether butterflies are present or not!

Creating those spaces for butterflies with water and places to “warm in the sun” is the absolute equivalent to visiting the spa! Leaf misters are a major attraction, Adding a leaf mister near butterfly feeders entices winged wondersand birds love them too! Puddlers are perfect as feeders using over ripe fruit or the secret sauce recipe on the tag accompanying them. As an inviting bath for butterflies, they’re simple to use.

Handcrafted weather-proof stoneware, the decorative plaque-like puddlers are safe in the garden year-round, adding a nice touch even when flying jewels are absent. A great gift for any nature buff, ours come with a book on butterfly gardening for ideas and inspiration on creating the ultimate habitat!

Get Copper Roof Birdhouses on Sale through Monday


November 29, 2014
posted by birdhouse chick @ 10:48 pm

copper roof birdhouses rock as holiday giftsGift idea #26: Give shiny

You’ve had your eye on one for some time and know they’d love it, but a bit uncomfortable with the price tag. Now’s a great time to take the leap – we’ll guarantee you’ll be quite pleased! With a proven track record over the years, our copper roof birdhouses and feeders are simply stunning with superb quality. Bird-approved, these fine structures will grace the landscape with timeless elegance for many years to come.

And we know this from customer feedback and testimonials, plus having 110% confidence in our product! Never replace this birdhouse, never paint it, never fix it! Vinyl PVC will not split, mildew, rot or warp (that’s part of the beauty). Solid copper roof uses brass rivets, even the finial is a composite resin to ensure long-lasting beauty with no deterioration.architectural copper roof birdhouse with single entry and verde finish

Stately in size and stature, even the smaller range commands attention with their clean architectural design. Basically customizable, each copper roof bird house comes with perches or copper portals (predator guards) and classic or verde roof finish. Vinyl decorative brackets are attached on most styles. The mounting bracket which is also vinyl/PVC, slides right on a 4×4 post. How easy is that?

The best part… they’re on sale and ship for zip! Save 10% on any size (20% on estate sizes) through Monday Dec.1 at midnight EST. Use promo code MC10 at checkout to nab these great savings and to give a most impressive holiday gift this year!

 

Black Friday Savings


November 28, 2014
posted by birdhouse chick @ 6:29 am

Ends at midnight

We waited till Friday…
Save on cool birdhouses, feeders, bird baths, accessories and fun yard art!

Our unique wares promise to be huge hits that bring smiles!
Black Friday Savings

Give Thanks-Give Warmth- Heated Bird Baths Rule!


November 26, 2014
posted by birdhouse chick @ 12:26 am

Robins gather at a heated bath on a frigid dayWarm & Happy Thanksgiving Wishes!

Gift idea # 30: Give warmth

Okay, we skipped a few days getting ready for the holidaze! It can be a crazy, stressful time, running and doing, and going, and fulfilling obligations. With Thanksgiving upon us, it’s a great time to chill with friends, with family, with nature. Look around and breathe, what are you thankful for?

As corny as it sounds, and aside from the usual answer of friends and family, we’re thankful for the habitat in our yard, the characters it hosts, and how it’s grown over the years… simply because it offers an escape from the everyday chaos of life. We’re really thankful for our awesome customers, especially the ones who return again and again! I doubt companies selling electronics are lucky enough to get the same breed of folks, those who are so appreciative of nature.

Whenever there’s an opportunity to sit, be still and just watch the birds, or a butterfly around lantana – there’s a calming effect that’s pretty indescribable. Sometimes ya just have to wonder… am I getting old? Well, with age comes wisdom (hopefully) so receiving joy from something as simple as nature can be a blessing in itself. Sadly, many are blind to it these days.

During frigid winter months, the best hot spot for watching feathered friends has got be heated bird baths (no pun intended). More so than any kind of feeders or birdhouses, fresh water attracts more species and greater numbers for ultimate viewing from your home.cardinals and woodpeckers feeding in winter

Can’t they just eat snow? Sure, birds do have the capacity to convert the fluff to liquid, but it costs them precious calories in the process. Since calories equal energy, it’s a resource that can cost overnight heat loss. Some birds will feed from sun-up through late afternoon, continuous eating just to consume enough calories for the next freezing night. Essentially, those calories are wasted when digesting snow for water. So offer up a heated bath to help resident birds thrive and bring some new visitors to your place! No need for a whole new set-up, just add a heater, most are safe for all birdbath types these days!

And because Thanksgiving is here, we say Let Giving Take Flight to start the holiday season! For useful and creatively fun ideas for any nature-lover on your list, we’ll offer suggestions to dazzle them and their feathered friends alike! And what would make us an authority? Backyard birding freaks for 30 years :)holiday gift guide at thebirdhousechick

Get Major Curb Appeal with a Dovecote Birdhouse


November 19, 2014
posted by birdhouse chick @ 2:33 am

five-foot tall dovecote birdhouseGift idea #37 Make it palatial

It’s got to be the grandaddy of all houses… as far as aesthetics anyway! Standing almost five feet tall and two feet wide, this dovecote birdhouse is a most impressive site when situated in the landscape. It takes some room, we refer to it as “estate size” because its grandeur commands more than just any old spot.

Martins may take to it if a scout finds its surroundings suitable with plenty of open area and a good distance from trees. Having a pond, lake or nearby stream is also a plus for them. No doubt somebody will be roosting during cold nights prior to spring nesting season, and really, could you blame them? If I were a bird, I’d not only know who to poop on, I’d claim these sweet digs for my own!

The dovecotes also come with a stunning aged patina roof, but the real beauty in these homes is dovecote bird-houses in vinyl/PVC are maintenance-freethe meticulous construction using vinyl/PVC. You see there’s no wood at all, nothing to rot or deteriorate over time. The material won’t mildew either, and it never requires painting, just a damp cloth with some soap to remove environmental build-up. Heck, you can even take the garden hose to these birdhouses and feeders for a thorough cleaning should the desire strike!

So maybe this one’s a little too big for the average lot? No worries, they come incrementally sized down to a six-or eight-inch diameter, perfect for chickadees, titmice, bluebirds and other friendly fliers. Your resident birds would be happy to call this residence home and the recipient will absolutely be wowed!

Save 20% on extreme sizes, 10% on all others through Sunday, November 30th
Use promo code MC10 at checkout

Unique Bird Feeders Can be Custom Made


November 17, 2014
posted by birdhouse chick @ 12:31 am

Unique bird feeders offering custom colors, hang or pole-mountGift idea #39-Give  favorite colors

If considering a gift of nature for someone special this year, consider one that might be customized to suit the recipient’s favorite colors, or even their favorite team.

These unique bird feeders offer a variety of stained glass hues, you can even choose two colors for a heartfelt, hand picked gift. Requested one year was a red and green option for Christmas. It sounded a tad garish for such a Copper and stained glass bird feederstunning art piece, but it actually came out beautifully…
and the recipient was thrilled!

Some other post-mounted bird feeders offer custom team colors too. Also made in the USA, durable PVC will never crack, mildew, peel or rot. See? That’s part of the beauty of these unique feeders! The quality and materials will last for years of enjoyment- by birds and their hosts alike.

Team colors offered on these unique bird feeders

Shown with standard roof choice, all styles of feeders and houses are available in 12 team choices! Check out these cool combinations for the sports-birding enthusiast on your list!

Blue-Whitevinyl birdhouses and unique feeders in team colors

Great Birdbath Accessories to Entice Feathered Friends


November 15, 2014
posted by birdhouse chick @ 6:01 pm

Add a fountain to your hanging birdbathGift idea # 4o: Make it Move

What happened to the other 3 gift ideas? We were busy getting our own baths and bird habitat ready for the coming polar vortex! Out with the water wigglers and drippers- in with the heaters.

Without a doubt, the easiest way to attract more birds is with fresh water. Even a plant saucer with an inch or two of water near shrubs or a tree line serves friendly fliers and other wildlife well throughout the year. If you have an existing birdbath, or know someone who loves bird watching- it’s easy to understand the sheer joy of seeing birds bathe and wade, or preen and drink from the life-essential offering.

Accessories like misters, fountains or drippers really bring a birdbath to life with the gentle motion of moving water. During the season, hummingbirds can be seen flitting about a moving stream of water. Butterflies adore leaf misters plus gardens grow lush below them. Even songbirds quickly become trained awaiting the start of birdbath action each morning!birdbath accessories like drippers entice more birds

You can quickly craft your own simple dripper from a milk jug! Take said plastic 1-gallon milk jug and poke a tiny pin hole in the bottom corner. Use a chain or strong wire to hang the jug above your birdbath. At one small drop every 3 or 4 seconds, the gallon of water will last at least a few days. There will definitely be increased activity that’s well worth the effort… for you and birds alike!

Should you be pondering the perfect holiday gift (without breaking the bank) for the nature lover on your list, a leaf mister or even mister-dripper combo will bring great joy… and for many seasons to come!

Thank a Veteran with Patriotic Decorative Bird Houses


November 11, 2014
posted by birdhouse chick @ 2:29 pm

In honor of veterans- patriotic Decorative Bird Houses Gift idea # 44: Go patriotic!

In honor of Veteran’s Day, here’s a few vintage pieces hand made in Texas… and no two are ever alike! With bird-friendly features, the Americana birdhouse makes a grande accent in the landscape that promises to host many successful broods over the years!

Decorative bird houses are crafted from vintage materials and reclaimed wood, may be pole or post mounted. Their spirit shines through and each is branded by the artist for a most unique gift.

For year-round outdoor use, birds will find these houses a cozy roost during the off-season. Nest clean-out is fairly simple by removing two screws on the metal roof and gently lifting. Chickadees, wrens, titmice and other friendly fliers would be happy to call this place home!

On a more decorative note, large vintage flags provide a most unusual focal point, indoors or in the garden. Also crafted from reclaimed wood, each is unique and signed by Lorenzo. So unique in fact… there’s only one in stock!

For birding patriots this holiday season, Americana series decorative birdhouses and vintage flag rule!flag

 

 

 

Partial to Parasol Over Bird Brain Hummingbird Feeders


November 10, 2014
posted by birdhouse chick @ 2:12 pm

Parasol's are just nicer than Bird Brain Hummingbird FeedersGift idea # 45: Get someone hooked on hummingbirds!

First and foremost, the Hummingbird Society recommends leaving at least one feeder out for stragglers or the occasional sprite who doesn’t head south! Wintering along the East coast, several birds have been documented enduring tough weather in the Northern hemisphere- and their dedicated hosts who manage to keep nectar from freezing!

hummingbird feeders in winter

 

 

 

Although the company is now defunct, Bird Brain hummingbird feeders are still around, but we’re partial to the elegance of Parasol’s feeders instead.

recycled glass hummingbird feeder

 

Both made from recycled glass, the ones made in Mexico are better quality than what comes from overseas. Their designs are unique, and Parasol’s love of birds shines through not only in their product offerings, but community involvement with raising awareness and conservation of the species.

In heir latest newsletter, the Mexican tradition Day of the Dead was explained and how Parasol was involved with the annual fall celebration. Their altar theme was dedicated to Martha, the last passenger pigeon. She died 100 years ago in a zoo after spending many years in captivity. Once an overly aParasol's passenger pigeon altarbundant bird, the passenger pigeon became extinct in a period of one hundred years due to indiscriminate hunting.

Martha is considered a symbol of the threat that humans pose for some species, and that’s why Parasol honored the centennial of her death and its relevance with their Day of the Dead altar. Several hummingbird species are currently listed as critically endangered, and The Birdhouse Chick is a proud business sponsor of The Hummingbird Society. A portion of proceeds from each hummingbird feeder sold goes towards the society’s ongoing conservation efforts.

 

 

Edible Birdhouse Gift Keeps On Giving


November 6, 2014
posted by birdhouse chick @ 2:36 am

Edible Birdhouse keeps on givingKudos to the company who makes this edible birdhouse, because that’s all they do… specialty wild bird treats. And birds will tell you they do the job right! The Birdies Bed Breakfast not only looks good for an awesome present, it keeps on giving too.

Really like two gifts in one, a bird feeder at first, so the recipient gets an excuse to sit back, relax and enjoy watching some resident birds. It then becomes a real nesting site for spring. They may even catch someone roosting inside on a blustery day trying to escape the elements.

With 1.5-inch entry, it’s perfect for bluebirds, chickadees, warblers, wrens and other favored songbirds. The full size wooden house beneath the quality seed may be stained or painted, or even left natural to weather over time. A sturdy hook’s attached for easy hanging… just keep it away from squirrels!

Best to use edible birdhouses in sheltered areas as feeders, or with baffles or weather guards. They’ll feed more birds over a longer time if protected from harsh weather and pesky critters. Once the seed’s consumed, the house should be hung from a branch in a quiet part of the yard.

Keep watch in early spring (sure hope it’s earlier than last year) when local birds start claiming nest sites and attracting mates to raise their young. Now, what mama bird wouldn’t be totally impressed with digs like these?