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Did Ya Hang Your Hummingbird Feeders Yet?


April 15, 2018
posted by birdhouse chick @ 11:44 am

It’s definitely time as the sprites are making their way north!

The key to attracting migratory birds like hummingbirds and orioles is to be ready prior to their arrival. Even when trying to get resident birds (like bluebirds) to nest, houses should be ready while scouts are claiming territory.

So by the looks and dates of the migration map, hummingbird feeders should be up and filled now to welcome Ruby Throated friends. It’s a long journey for the little guys and natural food sources are still scarce as snow flies across much of the mid-west and northeast US.

Whether the weather decides to cooperate or not… birds will make their way and nature will take her course, some years migration is easier than others. The very same day we spotted our first hummingbird in GA, American goldfinches’ first molt was completed. Overnight, these birds turned bright yellow with summer (or breeding) plumage.

Hand-Held Hummingbird Feeders
It’s the new craze that provides big thrills. Getting so close to such a tiny and amazing creature and just feeling them on your hand gives off a dHand-Held Hummingbird Feedersose of adrenaline! How to explain that? We can’t- but you’ll see countless videos of folks using Nectar Dots, Whimsy Wands, Hummer Rings and other hand held feeders to experience the thrill.Hand-Held Hummingbird Feeders Reactions are priceless, and videos go viral.

To perch or not to perch?
It’s likely a matter of preference and what style feeder’s best for you to maintain. We prefer perches as hummingbirds can rest while feeding thus conserving energy. But in nature most flowers which hummingbirds feast upon… don’t have perches!

Folks always ask “What’s the best feeder?” or “What’s the best bird bath?” Simply put, the best of anything is the one that you will maintain. But we would suggest ceramic or glass hummingbird feeders in a saucer style that won’t leak or drip.

Make this the year to make your own nectar
It’s SO EASY! The ratio is always 1:4, pure cane sugar to water. No need to boil water but 1 part water will dissolve sugar quickly and effectively. Add 3 parts cold water and eliminate cooling time. Economical, simple and best for bird’s health too!

Happy Birding and may spring head your way soon!

 

Barn Swallow Nest Cups are Back!


March 13, 2018
posted by birdhouse chick @ 9:12 pm

Barn Swallow Nesting in CupsLike hummingbirds, barn swallows will soon be returning to previous nesting areas (and new ones too). The behavior is akin to a faithfulness or loyalty to favorable locations from previous seasons.

Since the birds are extremely beneficial to have around the yard, gardens and barns for natural pest control, you can easily entice them with our barn swallow nest cups.

Handmade set of wooden nesting cups closely resemble a barn swallows’ own digs! Simple to hang, they’re best placed up high near roof lines or eaves and most definitely sheltered from the elements.

Do they really work? You bet! Just check out some of the on-page reviews  over the years. And especially Leda’s testimonial with pictures for living proof!

Swallows adore the sturdy artificial home and folks are thrilled as the nest cups allow the birds to be coaxed from inconvenient nest spots- a common occurrence around stables or barns. Nine times out of ten, the birds will use the cups for their second brood… and return next year to use them again.

Don’t be too surprised if an Eastern phoebe takes up residence either… they like the nest cups too!

Now’s the Time for Bluebird Houses!


March 9, 2018
posted by birdhouse chick @ 1:23 am

Eastern Bluebirds are house huntingThey’ve started already, in the Southeast and further North, lots of folks are reporting first nests and first eggs laid in their bluebird houses. It’s one sign of springs’ arrival… bluebirds are house hunting!

Bluebird landlords (or folks who monitor bluebird houses) are eagerly awaiting the first clutches. Weather can be a tricky factor with late winter/early spring broods as natural food is still scarce. Bluebirds’ diets may be supplemented with meal worms, suet, shelled peanuts and sunflower hearts to help brooding birds cope with frigid or extremely wet weather.

Recycled Plastic Bluebird House is NABS ApprovedFind the most handsome bluebird houses for all tastes, most are approved by the North American Bluebird Society (NABS). A house with side door makes for easy monitoring, as does the famous Gilbertson Nest Box.

High quality and USA made, find durable cedar, recycled plastic (or poly-lumber) and stunning vinyl bluebird houses with copper roofs. Standing the test of time, bluebirds will return to these fine digs year after year should fledges be successful.

Claimed this one with first strawsYes… monitoring is highly recommended to help keep bluebirds safe.

No… you won’t disturb them if you tap on the birdhouse first, steer clear of busy feeding times (dawn and dusk) and especially refrain prior to fledge time (about 19 days after hatching). The latter may scare babies into an early fledge for which they are not fully prepared.

Check out the website Silais.org for a wealth of information on bluebirds and other native cavity-nesting birds. Every question will be answered on this addictive site!

If you don’t have a blue bird house up yet… don’t fret. But now’s the time! Blues will brood two, three and sometimes even four clutches per season. Open space is best with tress or fence line nearby for bluebirds to perch, hunt insects and guard their nests. Fresh water in a birdbath always entices feathered friends too!
So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get your bluebird house on!

Papa Bluebird feeds nest of 5 babies

Buebird house is the first one claimed every year

Finch Bird Feeder Disaster


February 25, 2018
posted by birdhouse chick @ 12:38 pm

Warm wet weather forces Spring bulbsand makes moldy bird feedersWithout fail buds are blooming and bulbs spring forth from the ground… in February. Likewise without fail, the Atlanta area will experience another cold snap, snow or an ice storm before spring decides she’s here for the duration. The rain’s been fairly continuous for about three weeks, yesterday was a balmy 80 degrees!

Warm, wet weather spells disaster for bird feeders, especially finch bird feeders. It’s not that humidity affects thistle seed any differently from other seed mixes- it’s the unnatural and exaggerated number of birds feeding from the finch feeders.Large capacity fich feeder offers 18 perches

Local populations of goldfinches, pine siskins and house finches are huge around this time of year. Combined with wet or moldy seed means disease can be spread rapidly, with the feeder itself or ground waste below as the main culprit.

Mold creates airborne disease which is usually fatal to birds. A form of strep, the most common way it’s passed is via the feeder. Telltale signs of infected birds are swollen eyes, lethargy (they allow you to get very close) and ruffled or unkept feathers.

The infected finch below will likely fall prey to predators or starve to death as total blindness sets in. It’s the best excuse for keeping bird feeders clean and the area below them raked free of hulls or waste. We attract birds to our gardens simply because we enjoy their beauty, song and grace… sick birds are anything but 🙁

It’s advised to take all bird feeders down and disinfect with a 10% bleach solution. Clean the ground below feeders well. Wait 2 to 3 weeks until the local thistle-eating population has subsided before hanging feeders again. This is a tough chore, both physically (and mentally for some of us bird nuts). So it’s best to avoid and practice good hygiene when enticing birds to your place! Humans do feathered friends no favors at all by causing disease or allowing it to spread.

Moldy finch feeders are a likely cause for sick goldfinch

 

Think Vinyl Birdhouse-Feeder for Valentines!


February 11, 2018
posted by birdhouse chick @ 1:40 pm

Best Valentine Gift- Vinyl Birdhouse-FeederHappy Valentine's Day and Best Gift for Nature Lover

Love Birds? Us too!

As in do you love wild birds? Vinyl birdhouses-feeders make awesome gifts… for countless reasons.

Vinyl Birdhouse-feederFirst, they look like wood. Some folks have even insisted they are not PVC or vinyl! Along with the solid copper roof (no metal over plywood) these vinyl birdhouse-feeders are guaranteed for life. It’s a one-time investment that brings birds and much joy indefinitely. Oh yeah… and curb appeal too, they’re quite handsome in the landscape!

Second, there’s a wide range from which to choose. Bird Feeder or Birdhouse, which is best? Feeders will see more activity on a daily basis… but they must be maintained. Part of the beauty in these vinyl bird feeders is ease of cleaning. For a more thorough cleaning, simply slide the feeder off of the posVinyl Birdhouse-feeder in hanging, large capacity designt and take your garden hose directly to it for a good cleaning. Birdhouses on the other hand, only require nest removal after babies have fledged. Another major advantage is that vinyl is non-porous. This means mold and bacteria will not settle into cracks and crevices as it does with wooden feeders. Aside from the traditional Gazebo feeder which is post-mounted, there’s a hanging style with large capacity hopper. This allows for more bird-watching time and less filling the feeder.

Two roof options are lacquered copper- which remains bright & shiny for about 4 to 5 years before weathering to a dark/aged finish. Think copper trim on a real house and how that looks dark after a few years. Patina finish is an acid wash applied with heat and remains an earthy and mottled blueish-green color.

From small (bluebird houses) to extremely large (martin birdhouse) and in between size dovecotes… the range offers something for everyone. Birdhouse-feeders are gifts with purpose. What they give us back is simply intangible. The nature connection alone has the ability to remove daily chaos and lift the spirit. To take in nature- even from the comfort of your own home is awesome gift for your Valentine… or even yourself 🙂

May you be showered with love (and feathered friends) this Valentine’s Day and always.

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Happy New Year… Deep Freeze Calls for Heated Bird Bath


January 12, 2018
posted by birdhouse chick @ 7:41 pm

Happy New Year and a heated bird bath

Resolve to help birds thrive in freezing weather…

When temperatures are soaring in the midst of summer, it’s pretty obvious to remember water for feathered friends and wildlife. We’re outdoors more often, gardening and relaxing- so filling the birdbath becomes intuitive. But throughout winter months, and especially in freezing weather we tend to prefer the cozy warmth of staying inside. But birds require fresh water regardless of the time of year or temperatures.

Heated Bird Baths provide a critical water source year-round Some of the more hard core bird lovers will make the daily trudge through snow and ice to clear, clean and fill feeders (that’s us!). Several heated bird baths around our place remain ice-free (and worry-free) as resident birds are seen daily drinking from them. Although bathing is not as popular in freezing weather… water is critical for drinking!

A popular birding magazine with an expert article mentioned that birds can fend for themselves when it comes to water in winter. Melting ice and snow for example will provide water. BUT during a week-long deep freeze in Atlanta recently, there was zero precipitation (luckily) – which means there was no melting ice and no snow. So… that theory’s not really valid.

Stand alone bird bath heaters create a winter oasis for wild birdsFresh water is so important yet so easy with a heated bird bath or a simple heater added to your existing bath. It’s an oasis for year-round use (just tuck the cord) and they come in several styles like deck-mounted, tall pedestal or heated ground baths. In many cases, a heater will keep your ceramic or cement birdbath from freezing and cracking as well.

Nab a heated bird bath for this winter season. It’s a one-time investment that offers an ongoing, essential element to help wild birds thrive in cold winter months.

 

Happy Thanksgiving & Blackbird Friday Sale


November 23, 2017
posted by birdhouse chick @ 2:31 pm

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving… from our flock to yours!
May it be filled with friends, family, laughter and safe travels~

Thanksgiving Leftovers for birds

Don’t toss that pumpkin yet! They make great seasonal feeders for feathered friends. Scoop out the insides and add birdseed or suet. Extract pumpkin seeds and roast for a special treat. Poke three holes and use some heavy string to make a simple hanging pumpkin feeder. It beats tossing the big orange thing in the trash 🙂

And check out the deal below for some awesome and lasting gifts… for the holidays and well beyond!

Find the most Unique Birdhouses, some Very Wild Bird Feeders, Deck and Ground Bird Baths and Unusual Garden Art. Find thoughtful gifts for non-birders too!

Many bird houses, feeders and birdbaths are limited quantities and one-of-a-kinds because we’re rare birds ourselves!

So… this is why Early Birds really do catch the best selection. 

Gift Guide for Nature Lovers: Best Birdhouses, Bird Feeders & Yard Art


November 21, 2017
posted by birdhouse chick @ 12:46 pm

Nature-Lovers Gift Guide- Birdhouses, Feeders & Yard ArtEarly Birds really do catch the best selection!

Check this year’s gift guide for handmade birdhouses, bird feeders and one-of-a-kind gifts for all nature lovers.

12 themes with 3 suggestions for each, find cool yard art, recycled metal and more ideas for thoughtful and lasting gifts… for non-birders too.

Birdhouses, bird feeders and birdbaths are gifts with purpose, providing an unplugged connection with nature for the recipient and helping to sustain wild birds with habitat. Gifts of nature are always a win-win and there’s never a worry of the dreaded re-gifting!

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And a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

 

Edible Birdhouses are Back for Holiday!


November 7, 2017
posted by birdhouse chick @ 11:47 am

Birdies Bed and Breakfast Edible BirdhouseYa just can’t go wrong with two gifts in one that birds love. Not to mention that edible birdhouses also put a smile on the recipient’s face!

From the heartland USA made, premium quality seeds coat these fun and festive birdhouse-feeder delights. More than just a pretty little whimsy, underneath is a real wooden bird house that serves as nesting spot and winter roost once seed is consumed.

The Bed & Breakfast Chalet or Wren Casita will see lots of winter feeding, and then host many successful broods over the years!Encourage nesting in your edible birdhouse once the seed'd gone

To get the most from any edible birdhouse:

For use as a feeder: Best to hang in a sheltered area- away from squirrels and the elements. A weather guard or squirrel baffle is ideal, allowing it to feed more birds over a longer period of time.

Once the seed is consumed: The birdhouse may be stained, painted, or left natural. Simply hang from a branch in a quiet area to provide songbirds the perfect nest site. During the “off-season”, they offer swell roosting spots too.

A win-win holiday gift for any backyard birder or nature buff, edible birdhouses simply rock for their fun character and functionality. The birds will thank you too!

Why are Ground Bird Baths More Natural?


October 29, 2017
posted by birdhouse chick @ 10:15 am

Ground Bird Baths are More NaturalBecause Birds Bathe More Naturally at Ground Level!

Think about it… before humans ever started offering bird baths for feathered friends, they got along just fine with shallow pools of water and puddles.

Freezing temperatures likely created some problems as the shallows froze over, making it more difficult for birds to find water. The concept of eating snow for water seems logical- but if you’re a bird it’s pretty much half baked!

The reason being is that it takes energy to convert the snow to liquid. This energy requires calories and it’s the calories birds spend all day consuming in cold weather. From dawn until dusk, most of the resident backyard birds will be at feeders and foraging for enough calories to make through another night. Calories provide the energy to keep warm, although nature has provided other mechanisms for that too!

Fat male cardinal in winter conserves energyYou know when puffed up, big fat birds are hanging around feeders and they resemble little fluff balls? Feathers are fluffed as a way to trap heat beneath them close to the birds’ body. It’s one of the main reasons for late summer/fall molt when they shed old and tattered feathers. New feathers are sturdy, sometimes even brighter and more effective at keeping the bird warm.

So by offering shallow open water in winter, you help birds conserve energy. And since ground bathing comes more naturally, heated ground baths absolutely rock for winter! Easy to add a heater to an existing bath, or go for one with concealed heater- meant for year-round use.

ground bird bath with heaterThe Four Seasons Ground Bath is ideal for it’s size, rough texture and hidden heater.

Birds will flock to it in frigid weather as the design resembles those natural shallow pools and puddles. It helps create a perfect winter habitat along with feeders and shelter, and once weather warms up, simply tuck the cord underneath the bath!