When something brings a smile to your face…it’s good.
When that something is an absolutely functional product, well, that’s even better!
Unique, hand carved and hand painted wood birdhouses will do just that. Fabulously funny designs to make you smile, while providing real nesting sites for wild birds.
Serving as excellent roosting spots too, these wood birdhouses will entice feathered friends from frigid or inclement weather, and offer crucial protection from predators. Now I ask: What better place to roost on a cold winter night than in the cozy belly of a fun cat or dog birdhouse?
Complete with trap doors or twist-off bases, yearly clean out is a breeze with these fun wood birdhouses. The wood also allows for proper ventilation inside the house to keep birds comfortable in their digs. Available in expressive cats, dogs, favorite songbirds, silver airstream trailers, and even holiday snowmen and santas, you’ll find the perfect themed wood birdhouse to please anyone on your list… and for any occasion too.
Check’em out, even if just to crack a smile!
Birdhouses that are meant for feather friends don’t necessarily have to be boring wooden nest boxes. There are totally fun decorative bird houses with functionality that will also entice wild birds to roost, as well as, nest and raise their young.
In every possible theme imaginable to man, and various materials like wood, resin, vinyl, glass, copper and more, the choices are quite abundant! However, there are a few basic requirements to be considered when choosing decorative bird houses. First, think about who it is you are looking to attract? Then consider the factors below, including the actual entrance diameter of your decorative birdhouse.
Clean-out is a must for our avian friends, because birds will not build a nest in a house containing an old one. Dormant, old nests become dusty, invite parasites, and possible predators. When removing old nests, be sure to dispose of them a good distance from the birdhouse – just for this reason alone. And best to wear some rubber gloves too.
Proper ventilation and drainage is also important for a healthy birdhouse environment. Air circulation helps prevent molds and bacteria from forming on the walls and floor. Good drainage in a birdhouse prevents any water build up and puddling that may occur.
Proportional sized entrance is also a major factor.
Here’s a pretty good general guide:
1-1/8″ entrance for Chickadees, House Wrens and other small songbirds,
1-1/4″ for Titmice and Nuthatches
1-1/2″ for Carolina Wrens, Eastern Bluebirds, and Downy Woodpeckers,
2-1/2″ for Purple Martins, Flickers, Red Headed and Hairy Woodpeckers.
As always, be sure to provide a consistent fresh water source for birds. Whether a pond, hanging bath, fountain, or pedestal type birdbath, it is the absolute best method to entice more feathered friends to your yard…and keep them coming back!
Enter the American Humane Association and ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?’ Pet Trivia Contest
DENVER, Oct. 25, 2010 – Think you know a lot of pet trivia? Try these:
· Frasier’s Eddie, PBS’ Wishbone, and Nipper the famous RCA icon were all Jack Russell terriers.
· Teddy Roosevelt’s dog, Pete, was known for having ripped off a French ambassador’s pants at the White House.
· A high-pitched dog whistle at the end of the Beatles’ song A Day in the Life is said to have been recorded by Paul McCartney for his sheepdog.
· The Wizard of Oz’s Toto was played by a female cairn terrier named Terry.
· “No Animals Were Harmed”® isn’t just a saying — it’s a trademark of American Humane Association, which monitors animal safety on the sets of movies, TV shows, commercials and music videos.
How’d you do? Now is your chance to really prove your pet trivia prowess! Enter the Pet Trivia Contest at www.americanhumane.org/smarter and you could win a prize package of fun stuff from American Humane Association and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?. American Humane Association recently monitored the use of animals on Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader’s Pet Lovers Week, set to air in syndication from Oct. 25 to 29. Check your local listing for broadcast times in your area. The timing of the event coincides perfectly with October’s Adopt-A-Dog Month, a nationally recognized event by American Humane Association that encourages people to help reduce pet overpopulation by adopting their next canine companion from an animal shelter or breed-rescue group.
Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, American Humane Association’s Film & Television Unit is the leading authority on the safe use of animals in film. American Humane Association is the only animal welfare organization in the world with on-set jurisdiction from the Screen Actors Guild to supervise the use of animals. American Humane Association is also the only organization with the authority to issue the renowned “No Animals Were Harmed” end-credit disclaimer.
For more information about American Humane Association and its Film & Television Unit, please visit www.americanhumane.org/film. To browse a listing of movies awarded American Humane Association’s “No Animals Were Harmed” end-credit disclaimer, as well as films that received other ratings, and for an explanation of how the animal action was achieved, visit http://www.americanhumane.org/protecting-animals/programs/no-animals-were-harmed/recently-released-movies.html.
About American Humane Association
Since 1877, the historic American Humane Association has been at the forefront of every major advancement in protecting children, pets and farm animals from abuse and neglect. Today the organization is also leading the way in understanding human-animal interaction and its role in society. As the nation’s voice for the protection of children and animals, American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.
About “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?”
From Mark Burnett, “Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?” is an atypical game show that measures adults’ lack of knowledge – as revealed by how much they’ve forgotten since grammar school. Jeff Foxworthy hosts the syndicated half hour (check local listings) as grownups find themselves in a classroom setting, revisiting their youth, as they tackle subjects they were taught years ago ranging from art to geography and math to social studies.
In the classroom this season, country music superstars, Joan Rivers, Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel, Bill Engvall, Adam Corolla, the Ringling Brothers & Barnum & Bailey Circus performers, and the Harlem Globetrotters are among the special guests playing for charity. Plus special themed weeks including Cheer Week, College Week, We’re Smarter Than Our Boss Week, Moms-to-be Week, Lifeguard Week, and Pet Lovers Week.