The backyard in your house is an ideal location to welcome winged beauties. Bird lovers can convert this space into an exclusive space for these chirpy visitors by setting up the wooden bird feeder. Such structures not only provide food and shelter to birds but also function as yard décor that enhances the look and feel of the space. Here’s more to know about them.
Wooden bird feeder design and types
Feeders made of wood come in varied shapes and sizes. These ground and platform feeders with screen bottom trays that are placed closed to the ground or above a pole. Such designs may also have clear or wooden covers as means of protection from wind and cold. Window feeders are similar to platform feeders but are place on the outside of a window, typically close the window sill. This allows you watch the birds up close while they feed. Like the platform structure, these feeders may be open or contain protective covering. Suet feeders contain wooden frames that hold a hollow mesh-like structure. The inside of this mesh holds suet cakes or puddings, which birds feed off. A simple wooden feeder can also be designed to function as a bird house or nest boxes. Having such kind of feeding devices encourages birds to stay and raise their families in the backyard of your home.
Why wooden feeders make good décor pieces
Feeding platforms and other designs made of wood have a simple, rustic beauty that is well-matched to an open space like the backyard. Wood, being a natural material, is also eco-friendly and convenient for birds to perch on. It is also long-lasting and better suited for outdoor spaces that bear the brunt of changing weather conditions or seasons. Wooden bird feeders and bird houses available on sale can be painted to a color of your choice, to lend a vibrant look and feel to your backyard. Many feeding devices made of wood also use other materials like acrylic, plastic, and metal for their roofing, thus giving garden and yards a beautiful twist.
Things to keep in mind when using wooden bird feeders
When selecting bird feeders, choose designs that are easy to fill, empty, clean, and maintain. A hot water rinse and mild scrubbing, followed by sun-drying are typically enough to keep the feeding device spic and span. Though wood is a good choice for outdoor areas, it needs be made from weather-resistant timber or contain suitable protective covering or painting to prevent warping or damage from moisture. Open bird feeders tend to attract not just birds, but also squirrels, rodents etc. To prevent them from using up all the bird food, use metal meshes or reinforcements. When using hoppers or bird houses, place them on poles at least 5 feet above the ground. Also, ensure that they are placed in an open area, at least 10 feet away from the nearest shrub or tree. When using window feeders, cover the window with opaque decoration or fruit net mesh. This prevent birds from flying into the window and hurting or eventually killing themselves. It is recommended to not use open bird feeders in outdoor areas that are visited by cats.
In addition to food, birds also love clean water to drink and bathe. To attract more visitors to the wooden bird house, position a water source close to the feeding structure. One with moving water, such as a fountain, wiggler, or dripper is effective in catching the birds’ attention. But remember not to place it so close that the fountain or bath gets clogged with seed and debris. When necessary, use more than one feeders so that all your winged friends have enough to fill their stomachs. Using multiple feeders also attracts birds that tends to be shy and helps them create their own space.