When it comes to housing the birds, just about anything’s possible… as long as it’s a proper nest site. This would include ventilation, drainage, clean-out, adequate floor space, and a decent distance from the entry to the floor in order to protect nestlings. Since one of the most popular trends these days is recycling, the three R’s; recycle, reduce and reuse have spawned some of the most unique and unusual decorative birdhouses.
This Mechanic-Inspired A-frame is handcrafted from barn wood and tin, featuring a genuine spark plug perch, old tools, and a metal predator guard made from… I’m not sure what? But it keeps squirrels and others from enlarging the entrance! Using vintage finds for accents can create wonderful conversation pieces, plus swell nesting spots for feathered friends.
This large, triple compartment church birdhouse is also handcrafted of old barn wood and tin. The vintage iron cross is rich with texture, while the roof lines and windows provide nice detail, it’s even signed by the artist (Jim and Vickie Smith) for 2012. Although it may only host one brood at a time during nesting season, you can bet all compartments will be occupied by resident songbirds on a cold winter night! Even during the off-season, decorative birdhouses are put to good use. They really do make for great roosting spots. Some birds will line their roosts with nest material, while others prefer a bare floor and just gathering for warmth through body heat.
As natural nest cavities slowly disappear with every tree that’s cut down, you can help house the birds in any style that tickles your fancy. From rustic or whimsical, to mod and futuristic, there’s a decorative birdhouse out there for you… and your avian amigos!
Renewable resources are a good thing… and these wood birdhouses are just that! Hand crafted and turned from mango trees, the wood is sturdy and durable. Bright colors and fun shapes provide more than good looks too. These functional wood birdhouses have some nice features your birds (and you) will appreciate.
The distance from entrance to floor is substantial, thus helping to protect nestlings from predators. A simple clean-out on the back wall makes it easy to remove old nests too. Complete with drainage so nests stay dry, these cool birdhouses even come with an innovative iron hanger that lets you mount or hang your house in a snap.
Crafted in NW Thailand, the Mango tree’s life cycle is relatively short at about ten to fifteen years. New trees are planted when these birdhouses are turned from the wood that’s harvested. Even the wood shavings are used in the kiln-drying process, so the entire tree is used by the artisans – making these unique birdhouses quite eco-friendly… and good looking too!
Innovative designs seem to bring about a new twist on old things. Totally fun and functional, these birdhouse kits are fun for children and adults to assemble. No tools required either! They’re made from recycled plastics, and come in some vibrant colors and designs.
They’re meant for feathered friends, to provide real nesting sites in spring. Bird will also use these fun birdhouses to roost on cold winter nights, for protection from predators, and the elements as well. By adding some dried grasses or clean straw, you’ll provide some extra insulation from the cold.
Birdhouse kits make wonderful projects for school or church groups, Brownies, Boy Scouts or any activities group. They’ll help teach a valuable lesson on stewardship for the environment and creating a wildlife friendly habitat with three main elements. Food, Water and Shelter. Help kids learn about native plantings that will provide food and shelter for birds. Water can be as simple as a plant saucer on the ground filled with fresh water.