• Metal Yard Art,  Uncategorized

    Celebrate Year of the Rooster with Metal Yard Art

    Big Rooster Metal Yard ArtFor those celebrating the New Year of the Rooster, a happy, healthy and prosperous year to you and yours!

    Funny thing because the large birds have become all the rage. From recycled metal yard art to functional birdhouses, adorned kitchen walls and other rustic home decor, roosters are big news!

    This one’s kind of rustic with earthy colors and aged appearance. Raised texture adds interest to the piece as well. Just under 2 feet tall, this rockin’ rooster works well for indoor decor or in the garden.

    On a more animated and whimsical note (no pun intended) the Jammin’ Roosters bring smiles to young and old alike. Should you happen to know someone who plays a fiddle or trumpet, and celebrates the New Year now… omg, then these guys are the bomb!

    Big, bold and handcrafted in Mexico from reclaimed metal, the vivid colors will vary, though all make for some pretty awesome recycled metal garden art. Always Best when paired with a buddy!Rooster Metal Yard ArtLarge Rooster Metal Yard Art

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Should the preference be for something a bit more functional, the metal rooster birdhouse might be in order! He’s quite colorful, adding warmth and character to the garden. Best to hang any metal birdhouse in the shade as nestlings may fry in afternoon sun. Be sure the house is well ventilated too. Any metal decorative bird house with only a tiny entrance isn’t really good for the birds.

    Rooster Birdhouse

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  • Bird Houses,  Blue Bird Houses,  Uncategorized

    All That Chatter Around Blue Bird Houses

    recycled blu bird houseLots of bluebird chatter recently and lots of chasing from feeders. It’s only January but in the southeast this activity means one thing… bluebirds are claiming their territories already!

    The chattering along with the comical tip of the wing proves dad’s ready to find mom, pick the right blue bird house and get to work!

    The previous family unit is severed and all bets are off now as juveniles are no longer welcome at meal worm feeders. Less than one full season old and it’s time to go find your own digs and significant other… they do grow up fast.

    It’s difficult to watch sometimes, so you put extra meal worm feeders out and hope everyone gets a fair share. But instead, panic ensues and papa is frantically chasing his own offspring from feeder to feeder to feeder. Good grief!fence post meal worm feeder

    This is precisely why having more than one bluebird house within view of another doesn’t work. But one in front, one in back does seem to work peacefully. And it’s worth it because watching blues nest and raise their young is fascinating. And it goes on for months if the first clutch fledges successfully.

    Two, three sometimes even four nests per season! That’s superb entertainment for up to 6 months if you’re in the southeast anyway.

    Always remove nests after babies have fledged. Unlike some cavity nesting birds, bluebirds prefer to build a new clean nest for each brood. Promptly removing old nests opens up the birdhouse for their next clutch. Discard away from the birdhouse (like in the trash) as old nests on the ground or nearby will draw predators.

    A couple of new blue bird house for spring:New Blue bird Houses for Spring 2017

    The Paisley Vinyl Bluebird House is whimsical garden decor with total functionality. Upgraded features make this one very bird friendly. Babies will love their fledgling ladder when it’s time to leave the nest!


    Gilbertson Nest Box with new roofIf you happen to be ready for the next level and wish to monitor your bluebirds’ progress (recommended) the popular Gilbertson Nest Box recently received a cool upgrade. An optional recycled plastic roof (poly-lumber) in matching brown looks perfect.

    The new roof coupled with its vinyl birch-like cavity will be around for many seasons. And tests were performed measuring ambient heat… the plastic roof keeps houses cooler in summer than the the original cedar roof. But for any die-hards out there… the original roof is still available.

    C’mon spring and happy birding!

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  • Decorative Bird Houses,  Uncategorized

    Roosting in Decorative Bird Houses: Snowmageddon 2017!

    Snow Cardinals don't use decorative bird houses

    There wasn’t much difference than the great snow of 2016, but like rain in Southern California, snowfall in Atlanta is disastrous. The main difference is grocery stores sell out like it’s the blizzard of the century! A panic ensues when the mention of white fluffy stuff is forecast, folks get crazed while grocery store shelves become barren.

    Now if you happen to be a crazy bird-lady (or man), the concern becomes stockpiling bird food! Seed, suet, meal worms, peanuts and the ingredients for bluebird banquet- which many other birds will partake. Yellow cornmeal, whole wheat flour, peanut butter and lard… find the easy recipe on our website under birding resources.

    Wild birds are pretty resourceful, after all, they’ve been getting by for far longer than we’ve been feeding them. But in the dead of winter when natural food sources are scarce and what little remaining ones are covered by snow or ice, it really does help to offer up some good chow!

    bluebirds will roost together in decorative bird houses

    The heated baths see lots of activity simply because birds require water all the time and eating snow sucks. It burns too many calories trying to convert snow to liquid. Not fair when they spend all day at the feeders getting calories for energy just to sustain overnight.

    Shelter becomes most critical as well, and decorative bird houses just might serve as the perfect nightly accommodations! Whether solo like the downy woodpecker who claims the Gilbertson nest box each night, or the family of  Eastern bluebirds who huddle together for warmth, leaving your bird houses out through winter definitely helps feathered friends thrive.

    decorative bird houses serve as roosting spots

    So offer up some good food, (not the cheap stuff loaded with fillers) at least one consistent fresh water source and shelter (yes, even decorative bird houses serve as refuge when it’s freezing) to help your birds through rough winter weather.

    And this great image (seems credit was lost along the way?) floating around on Pinterest captions “nesting bluebirds” but these guys are most definitely roosting, huddled close for body heat in what appears to be a natural cavity or hollowed out log. It’s clear by the age and sheer number of birds. Keep warm little guys!

    these bluebirds are roosting, not nesting

     

     

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