Say it ain’t so?
That majestic dovecote birdhouse has seen better days. It now sites like an eyesore, rotted and crumbling. The only thing remaining intact is the beautiful copper roof.
Sad but true, in all cases wood eventually succumbs to weather. Our dovecotes are meticulously crafted of vinyl/PVC although they look like wood.
Folks think of vinyl as cheesy, slick-looking plastic… but it’s the furthest thing from the truth. Over the years, some customers have even had concerns they’d received a wooden birdhouse- when in fact it was a vinyl dovecote!
But do the birds use these birdhouses?
You bet! This male Eastern Bluebird is actually feeding mealworms to nestlings. How do we know this? The smaller dovecote happens to be our own! Installed about 6 years ago in an open area, it’s hosted many successful broods over the years. Yes, the copper roof could use a cleaning which simply entails a soft cloth, gentle soap and water… and time!
Stunning copper roof dovecote birdhouses are USA made and made to last a lifetime. Wood is never used in their construction, neither on finials nor decorative brackets. This means deterioration simply won’t occur because the material is inert. Resisting insect damage, the dovecotes will never warp, rot or peel as wood behaves.
Real estate’s tough out there! Consider Fall Spruce-Up and housong the birds at the same time 🙂
Looking for a really special gift, one that’s going to last a lifetime? For any gardener or nature lover on your list, a dovecote birdhouse in the landscape is absolutely dreamy!
Aside from the curb appeal, they help birds thrive through frigid winter weather by offering cozy roosting spots. There’s feeders too, in gazebo and large capacity styles. One will definitely see more winged activity at a feeder, but said feeder must be maintained; filled and cleaned regularly.
When it comes to feeding seed, we like using sunflower hearts or a no-waste mix. These leave far less ground mess below feeders, and anything that does fall to the ground is quickly consumed because it’s the good stuff! Say feeders are great but there’s squirrels mucking about in the yard? No worries there!
While most baffles are black or green, cone shape and possibly not too slick looking… here’s a new one especially for the vinyl dovecote houses and feeders! White, slender and unobtrusive, pesky squirrels and even raccoons are not getting passed this one! Made for a true 4×4 post, they work beautifully with the vinyl post covers.
Why would anyone use a baffle on a birdhouse? Predators! Help keep eggs and nestlings safe from any critter who might shimmy on up the post as eggs are quite a tasty treat for many furry ones! Our bluebird houses always have baffles installed to protect nests.
Wild birds actually tell us about the environment. It is through Citizen Science groups like Cornell and Audubon, that changing bird ranges are tracked and documented. The cumulative information submitted by ordinary folks like you and me give scientists a true picture of the ever-changing world around us. Not just hear-say, but actual statistics that tell the real story!
Should you have any doubts on this, just take a look at the scenario below, a quick video produced by Defenders of Wildlife a few years back. And should you have any doubt about giving a dovecote birdhouse this holiday season – rest assured it will be the most awesome gift ever… and they ship for free too!
Looking for something special this year? A lasting gift to bring some real enjoyment can be found in birdhouses and feeders. There’s nothing better than escaping daily chaos by connecting with nature… well, maybe a trip to the beach?
Grabbing time to just sit and watch birds at a feeder does something for heart and soul, it soothes the mind and quiets the brain. Listening to birdsong also has a tranquil effect, after all, it’s been around since the dawn of time.
Traditional dovecote birdhouses have a new spin for sports-minded dads too! Sized from bluebird to mansion they’re available in team colors. Since these are made to order, best to shake a tail feather to get it in time for Father’s Day. Monday 6/15 is last call.
Oh yeah, the real beauty here is durable vinyl/PVC construction. These post-mounted bird homes look like wood, but wear like vinyl siding on a real house. There’s no deterioration, no rotting or cracking. Take a garden hose to them for cleaning, they’re built to last and USA made 🙂 Do right by Dad with a gift that’s guaranteed to please him… and the birds!
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 the 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!
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Some birds use houses and some just couldn’t be bothered. Well, it’s more along the lines of instinct let’s say. Just as some folks have houses for birds, while some prefer an elegant birdhouse on their property. It’s because of the aesthetically pleasing design and great quality they look so perfect in the landscape. But these copper roof birdhouses are definitely meant for the birds!
Bluebirds or tree swallows are likely to use a single entry home, with good chances of titmice, nuthatches or chickadees taking up residency in these, or even a triple-entry style. You’ll never find goldfinches, cardinals, robins or jays setting up house in one of these beauties though. Their preferences are hedges, shrubs and trees.
On a more stately scale, martins are likely to nest in a larger house with 8 or 12 entries, often referred to as dovecote styles, but we promise… doves will never use them! The only doves around our yards are mourning or ring-neck doves. On an extremely rare occasion, a white dove may be spotted-but these are domesticated and used for release at weddings and special events (not a fan of this practice).
Nobody will use any of these stunning birdhouses if you:
- never tend to it
- block the entries
- keep it indoors for decor… but over the years we’ve heard this and seen this, and it’s kind of sad because we’re bird freaks-but to each his own. Chocolate and vanilla, right?
One important thing to note if you’re planning to provide these houses specifically for birds to nest and raise their young: house sparrows! Once heard of as sparrow slums, the multi-entry houses are always inviting to killer house sparrows. And killer in its true meaning, (not like killer-awesome) house sparrows are very aggressive towards native songbirds. Due to a shortage of natural nest cavities, competition for nesting space is brutal… just ask any bluebird or martin landlord 🙁 If house sparrows are prevalent in your area, diligence is required to keep them at bay… regardless of any birdhouse you may offer. Don’t take our word for it, detailed info on identifying and controlling these non-native and invasive birds can be found at sialis.org
Our dovecote birdhouses are works of art that really do last a lifetime. In durable vinyl/PVC, they could actually pass for wood. In fact we’ve had customers call and tell us “I ordered a vinyl birdhouse but received a wood one instead”. Copper stays bright and shiny for 3 to 4 years, at which time you can apply copper polish or let it weather naturally. The aged patina finish is to die for, the images just don’t do them any justice at all!
If you’ve delayed, an e-card will let mom choose her favorite style and roof option. Actually, an e-gift certificate will provide a most unique and really fun shopping experience that promises to be personal and friendly! That’s a big advantage to shopping small, just check our stellar testimonials for personal service that’s above and beyond any online shopping experience!
This post was to be written days ago, but I think there’s been a mental block due to the holiday? Listen up: if you’re lucky enough to have your own mother around, spend time with her tomorrow, celebrate her nurturing way and all that’s she’s done for you growing up, you know, all the little stuff that’s taken for granted. And above all, show her your appreciation… dovecote birdhouse or not!
By the way, we’ll design an e-gift card with your personal message, send it via email for you to print and insert in your Mother’s day card. Talk about last minute… she’ll never know 🙂
To all the Mom’s out there, we wish for you a very Happy Mother’s Day!
May it be filled with Family, Love and Laughter!
Okay, so maybe this one’s not so decorative, but it’s popular among downy woodpeckers. In time for nesting season 2014, it’s getting a facelift complete with metal predator guard… thanks to squirrels, and my neighbor, Tom. Because the guard was attached without measuring the roof line (duh!) he re-fashioned it to fit perfectly under the roof. Our downy’s say thank you!
Although it may not seem like it… nesting season is under way! Even though there’s still snow, bird’s instincts tell them it’s time. With just a day or two of warmer temperatures and sunshine, there’s already less activity at feeders and more time spent scouting and claiming nest boxes.
So it’s time to get all possible nesting spots ready for vacancy! You may have to drag your ladder through the snow… what? You’re not crazy like us? Remove old nests, and be sure boxes are in good repair, securely attached to their mounts, with no loose or questionable parts. If the entries have been damaged or enlarged, simply attach a predator guard to remedy. Your birds will be pleased 🙂
Here’s one of our new decorative bird houses that won’t need repair because it’s vinyl and comes with metal predator guards already attached. In a stunning Merlot color for spring, it’s like a two-for-one, it will host two families in the dual nest compartments. Four entrances with two bedrooms are perfect for chickadees, bluebirds, titmice and other small backyard birds.
Townies, the birds who live in the burbs are more likely to see early successful broods and fledges this year than their counterpart county birds. Townies have it good, with feeders, water and housing offered in many scattered backyards. Country birds have a tougher go of it with the miserable weather and what looks to be, a late spring. We hope for the best.
Competition for nest sites is tough out there!
So to help wild birds thrive, just pick out a new decorative bird house and nab 10% off, plus free shipping on $95 or more for President’s Day (all week)… our thanks for housing the birds 🙂
It’s the Mother of all birdhouses ever, our biggest, nicest, most stunning dovecote birdhouse. In fact it’s so stately, a small yard just doesn’t cut it! It takes some space to let its grander shine.Dubbed an Estate Martin Birdhouse as it measures over five feet tall and almost two feet wide… now that’s big!
If you’re still looking for something to really impress your special someone, this large bird home is the bomb!
A birdhouse that’s absolutely guaranteed to last a lifetime (with little to no maintenance whatsoever). Because it’s crafted of vinyl, it never rots, splits, cracks or fades. A damp cloth with soapy water is all that’s needed to clean environmental build-up from the surface.
The amazing copper roof comes in your choice of shiny, bright copper, which remains that way for 3-4 years before starting to weather, or an aged patina finish. Copper actually gets darker with age-a brownish tint before you ever see a hint of of that natural patina color. Some folks prefer to omit the special lacquer seal so the copper weathers quicker to match trim on their own residences.
Oh yeah… and the big balls? We have them too! Individually boxed they measure 6×6 with a glossy finish. Bold graphics make them fun ornaments to give-or keep for your own collection.
Both the big house and big balls are available for immediate delivery… in time for Christmas!
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and the happiest of holidays to you and yours!
And why would one wait that long anyway? A Mother’s Day gift that shipped in May, the issue hadn’t come to light until July! When her kids kept asking if she received the copper roof birdhouse, Teresa was just too busy with more pressing matters.
So when she finally called us, but FedEx insisted it was delivered… we were a bit befuddled. Teresa said they’ve never had anything stolen from the porch, and that you can’t see the residence from the street because the driveway is 300 feet long. Needless to say we drove the FedEx rep crazy with requests for a claim. Nightmare.
Then one day we received a package out of the blue, but no, it wasn’t the birdhouse. It was one pound of Michigan dried cherries, three jars of some outlandish hot fudge, a box of french soap, and a really nice card… from Teresa! Turns out the birdhouse was there all along, but she thought it was the high chair she had ordered for her grand daughter. It wasn’t until the big company selling the chair notified her that it was out of stock – two months after she had ordered it. The light went off… she had her birdhouse all along. For our troubles (and oh there were several) she sent us a gift, along with a phone call and explanation. What a huge relief!
It’s not the first time we’ve actually received gifts from our customers. Because we’re small, we do much more than just sell a birdhouse. We make it an experience, by personalizing things, following through and knowing our customer is thrilled. From the largest copper birdhouses… to the smallest chickadee house, that’s just how we believe business should be done.
The dried cherries were to die for, and the other two jars of fudge? Long gone before the pic was snapped!
Most times it’s true, you really do get what you pay for from a quality perspective. Although these two stunning birdhouses appear identical, they are not. Looks can be so deceiving!
One is proudly crafted in the USA (in a mom & pop shop-supporting American jobs and our own economy) while the other is a mass produced knock-off from overseas. Can you tell the difference? Barley noticeable just by looking at the images, right?
Both seem to have identical features, from the finial down to the decorative brackets… great knock-off, huh? The main feature that sets this copper roof birdhouse apart is the basic material: vinyl versus wood. Bet you still can’t really see the difference! That’s because the vinyl one made in the USA is such superb quality… it looks like wood! We’ve even had a customer or two over the years call us with concerns that their order was for a vinyl house – but they received a wooden one!
Sure the price tag is higher for the vinyl version, but it’s guaranteed to last because it’s impervious to weather and insects. In fact it’s even guaranteed to look new 5 or 10 years down the road! How many manufacturers can give that kind of assurance on their products? Actually very few come to our minds. The wooden house will absolutely fall prey to the elements, it may take a year or two, but down the road cracks, splits and warping are inevitable. And heaven forbid a pesky squirrel decides he likes the house enough to chew on it! We’re not knocking the wood version because it really is a great copy, it’s just a well know fact that with any wooden item left outdoors over time-Mother Nature and the elements will take their toll.
Making an investment in your landscape, be it for curb appeal, the birds, or both shouldn’t cause heartache down the road. Know what you’re purchasing, where it’s made, and any guarantees that come with it… regardless of the item. Please support USA made and keep small business in business.
Oh yeah, which is which? The one on the right is durable vinyl and proudly made in the USA 🙂