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Victorian Birdhouses

A Victorian Birdhouse is not only a welcoming place for the neighborhood birds but also a work of art in your backyard. They are a detailed version of many Victorian style homes that are in many neighborhoods and make a wonderful home for nesting birds.

Victorian birdhouses provide a stunning shelter for the local area birds. Victorian Birdhouses protect the birds  from the elements of weather giving them a place to retreat during inclement or hot weather. They provide a nesting area for moms and their young keeping them safe and secure. Having these wonderful flying creatures in your yard will create a serene atmosphere while you can view their flying antics around your yard.

Victorian Birdhouses can either be mounted on a post or in a tree. Wherever you mount it make sure that it is in a safe quiet location that protects the birds from cats and other wildlife. Many birdhouses also have a roof or overhang to protect them from rain and cats. It is important that birdhouses have ventilation and fresh air and an adequate size hole so that the birds can easily come and go without squeezing through the hole, typically 1/4 inch larger than the bird. Easy access by a hinged roof or removable back is equally important to keep the birdhouse clean.

 Home Bazaar Victorian Manor Birdhouse

There is nothing modest about this Avian Victorian Mansion. Topped with pine shingles and patterned from our best selling Manor Birdhouse (HB-2014), this style has intricate details including window box trim, miniature birdhouses and multiple roof lines. Comes with a removable back wall for easy cleaning.

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Large or small, for one or for all, there is a perfect size, shape and design of a beautifully decorated and functional Victoria Birdhouse that is the perfect addition to your outdoor decor.

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Squirrel Proof Bird Feeders

There’s something special about watching the neighborhood birds flying through your backyard. A great way to keep the birds coming back is by having a bird feeder as a welcoming gesture.  They will also be able to nest and rest safely with squirrel proof bird feeders to protect them.  Though we want to feed the birds, we also need to keep the squirrels, crows and other unwelcome guests from eating their food. Squirrel proof bird feeders are a great way to be able to feed the birds consistently and safely without any danger from other outdoor creatures or those creatures eating their food.

Some general guideline for squirrel proof bird feeders:
Make sure your squirrel proof feeders are covered to protect from rain, cats, raccoons, etc.
Place your feeder in a secluded area near shrubbery or trees but allow for an escape route from cats or other animals should the birds need one.
Squirrel proof feeders should be placed in a shady area and out of direct sun.
Perch space on the feeder should be big enough for bird to stand with some space to spare.

Adding a Squirrel Proof Bird House, either elaborate or simple, will be a welcome addition to keep birds fluttering to your home. There are so many options that you will not have any difficulty finding your style. You not only will be providing a welcome shelter from the elements, a nesting area and nutritious food but will transform an ordinary backyard into an wildflife refuge.

You can set up a Squirrel Feeder so they will have their own special place to eat and not steal the birds food.

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Squirrel Feeders

Squirrel Feeders are designed specifically for feeding squirrels.  They keep the squirrels busy eating their own food in their feeder so they will not be looking for the bird food you have put out for the birds. Many squirrel feeders are designed to be able to watch the squirrel eat the food in enclosed feeding stations with open viewing spaces. And they are a wonderful sight to be seen eating their nuts and squirreling them away for a winter’s day.

Squirrels can be playful litter critters, the squirrels in my yard run along my fence teasing my dogs as they chase them. As much fun as they are to watch, we strive to keep them out of the bird’s feeding areas. Giving the squirrels their own source of food will prevent them from getting into any bird feeders and they’ll leave the seed alone.  Many squirrel feeders are designed with tops that require the squirrel work for his food by learning to lift the top which they quickly learn to do.  Squirrel feeders are built to be sturdy, keep the finish like new  and to with stand the outdoor elements your squirrel feeders will last for many years of watching the little critters scurry up for their next meal.

Squirrel feeders ideally should be placed away from any bird feeders that you may have in your yard. They should be securely attached to any tree or post which any squirrel can scurry up. They should  put up in an area that can be protected from outdoor elements such as rain or hot sun so that the squirrels are protected while eating.

 

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Hanging Bird Baths

Hanging bird baths provide clean, fresh water whether to drink or bath in and will make your birds happy and healthy and they will keep coming back for more. A hanging birdbath brings the birds up close so you and your family can watch, listen and be entertained. Especially when it’s that time of season when the birds start migrating back from the south. Now is the time to start preparing your yard for their arrival.

What is the best type of bird bath?

This depends on what you are looking for. I like hanging bird baths for a number of reasons. They keep the bird bath up off the ground providing more safety for the birds and hanging your bird bath up in the trees keeps the birds in their natural environment while still being a sight to see.

Your bird bath can range from an elaborate copper, solar heated birdbath to a simple bowl. While the ranges of birdbaths are vast. A few simple things to keep in mind when purchasing or making a birdbath.

Keep it shallow about 3 inches
The bottom should be rough so the birds will not lose their footing
Have a source of fresh water
Be in a safe area away from cats and other animals.

There are two different types of hanging bird baths.
You can purchase a hanging bird bath with the chains and hook attached or purchase a holder and bath separately, either way, they are easy to hang on the nearest branch in the tree. No tree’s no worries, simply use a shepherd’s hook to hang your bird bath.

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