In the natural world it’s “survival of the fittest” or “natural selection” which keeps species healthy and flourishing. When we feed wild birds, there is an unnatural gathering that takes place. Mind you, backyard birding is one of the most popular and relaxing hobbies today, and providing food and shelter for birds is a wonderful way to help them thrive.
With our wild bird feeders, most of us don’t take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of diseases. Aside from the regular molds and fungus that can make birds sick, they can develop viral infections as well. These infections are easily spread at high-activity feeders, and carried to other feeders as well. This little sparrow has conjunctivitis, a disease affecting the eye, causing irritation and swelling at first. Blindness usually follows, and soon death as the bird can not venture far to find food. They say if you see a sick bird like this at your feeders, it’s best to stop feeding, as you’ll decrease, or possibly avoid any further spread of the disease. It’s a rare occurrence for a bird to fully recover from a disease like this.
The most effective and practical cleaning solution is bleach! Simply mix 1 part bleach to 10 parts water. Scrub with a brush and rinse thoroughly. At the very least, shoot for once a month. Your birds will be healthier and thank you for it!
They’re guaranteed to never crack, split, or fade!
If you could purchase something that came with a manufacturer’s guarantee, wouldn’t you trust it? Recycled wild bird feeders are probably one of the greatest advancements in backyard birding products. Made from milk jugs and other recycled plastics, they greatly reduce landfill waste, and are some of the most durable feeders on the market! The Log Bird Feeder above uses 10 milk jugs for it’s production, while the Fly-Thru Feeder uses about 32 milk jugs each!
Most recycled feeders are guaranteed to never crack, split or fade. Attractive as well, they’re available in every style from hoppers, to platforms and fly-thrus, and even log feeders for feeding suet to woodpeckers and others. Recycle and Reuse!
Wood Birdhouses…Functional Works of Art
Some wild bird accessories can make an excellent focal point and enhance any environment. At the same time, they provide necessary food and shelter for birds to flourish and thrive. Cavity dwelling birds such as wrens, titmice, nuthatches, bluebirds, chickadees, and others will use nest boxes, or a wood birdhouse. In North America, suitable nesting sites are difficult to find, so competition is fierce…real estate is tough out there!
These wood bird houses have come a long way and are anything but box-like. With fabulous designs that would make humans envious to live in, the architectural details are amazing. Cedar shake shingled roofs, heavy window trim, and gorgeous balusters to name just a few. Paints and finishes are always non-toxic, and the houses are made to weather and last for years of use and enjoyment. Provide proper nest sites and add amazing curb appeal to your home with architectural birdhouses meant for your feathered friends!