Because the grass is always greener and urban dwellers dream of the farm!
Cows, and goats and chickens, oh my! Fun stuff for the garden, metal yard art rocks for it's uniqueness and charming personality.
Find some colorful rustic roosters, rockin' chickens (who literally rock), pigs who fly (and those who don't), even a Chihuahua Metal Yard Sculpture. This one's so ugly he's actually adorable!
Two Old Crows Kinetic Garden Stake
might be ideal for the parents or grands, while the Kingfisher with Catch
would be a kick for the birding enthusiast on the water. No two sculptures are ever exactly alike as they're handcrafted in Mexico from scrap metal.
Billy Goat's a real hoot- even better when paired with a buddy, simply because life's better with a friend at your side.
Jammin' Roosters are large colorful sculptures yielding trumpet or fiddle, perfectly suited for the one who may jam (some sense of humor required).
The scrap metal will weather over time (rust) and some folks do prefer that old and gnarly look. Color may be preserved by applying a clear coat spray every year. Not polyurethane, just plain old clear coat does the trick.
When pondering a unique gift for the gardening type, consider first if they're into the bird feeding thing. Most are because the hobbies go hand in hand. But some... maybe not so much? This is when a piece of unique garden art could very well be a fab choice for the one who has everything!
Adopt a cow, goat or chicken this holiday season... no farm chores necessary!
Because most are one-of-a-kinds
Seeking a totally unique gift this holiday season? Find distinctive church birdhouses that are handmade and likely one-of-a-kind.
Barn wood and other reclaimed materials are used along with vintage hardware, the designs are unique and quite bird-friendly!
Nest clean-outs, drainage & ventilation, proportioned entry and floor... this is important stuff to a bird seeking new digs to raise their family. Yet the ironic thing (to us anyway) is that most folks display them inside for unusual decor.
Four new church birdhouses just in, with features birds love and fab color for a striking accent as well, bird house collectors love these! Aged tin roofs are sealed for durability outdoors, salvaged barn wood will be around for many seasons of successful broods! Pole- or post-mount, they offer feathered friends an ideal roosting spot during the off-season too.
On a more elaborate scale, this deep red rustic church makes a fine statement indoors or in the garden. With a scrolling oversize detailed cross and real ringing bell, any bluebird would be elated to claim this sanctuary as their own!
As far as gifting? We're fairly sure the recipient would be stoked to receive such a unique piece of art for their feathered friends. Pssst... this one's on sale as there's seven churches up for grabs!
Another rustic birdhouse which is very bird-friendly is the log-front style. Several designs, each being unique and one-of-a-kind as they originate from Mother Nature herself!
Also handcrafted from old barn wood and tin, log sections are chosen for the deep knots used for entries. They create natural predator guards which help keep nests and babies safe from thieving paws of squirrels, raccoons or cats. They also replicate the natural cavities found in trees and snags where birds (without birdhouses) will nest!
Log-front birdhouses are equally suited for garden pole, 4x4 post or back-mounted on a fence or structure. Entries measure about 1.5-inches so they're ideal for Eastern bluebirds, tree swallows, downy woodpeckers and other usual suspects! Deep predator guard thwarts bully birds like starlings,
while effectively shielding nestlings from elements.
It might even be a tough choice when choosing a church birdhouse or log-front design for the perfect gift... but we promise birds will adore them all and they're bound to become a most popular nest site for many years to come!
So many birdhouses and so little time...
Happy Gifting and please help house the birds :)
Simply because your loved one is worth it!
A most impressive gift from small to tall, our copper roof birdhouses range from bluebird houses to purple martin mansions. Although both of these birds prefer open space, some serious ground is required for the extreme martin mansion.
The true beauty lies in their durability. Although they look like wood, vinyl birdhouses and feeders wear just like vinyl siding on a house. They're guaranteed against cracking, splitting, warping or mildew. Virtually impervious to the elements, take the garden hose and a soft cloth to clean environmental build-up.
Copper portals or perches adorn both single and multi-entry designs. Finials are composite resin, so no breakdown there either. Roof lifts for easy nest clean-out and vinyl decorative brackets are included on medium and large birdhouses. Smaller sizes include vinyl mounting bracket with detailed trim.
So many stunning birdhouses it's really a tough call!
Should I get a birdhouse or feeder?
One will definitely see more activity at a bird feeder, but it must be maintained... in other words, kept filled with fresh seed and cleaned periodically.
Really wanna see a jaw drop when you give their gift? This square mid-size birdhouse has been a best seller season after season.
Shown with a shiny copper roof, each birdhouse is made to order with choice of bright or aged patina copper.
They ship within 1-2 of days of ordering, and transit time to most of US is just 2-3 days via Standard FedEx. But don't wait till the last minute because the sheer volume of packages being sent across the country is monstrous!
Regardless of the style or size, each is a distinctive garden accent offering timeless elegance. Crafted in the USA, they'll host many successful broods over the years.
Your other half, parents, grown children, siblings, aunt, uncle or dear friends will absolutely flip for one of these beauties! Witness some real joy with the best birdhouse gift out there!
Psssst... use promo code FB10 to nab $25 off (except bluebird size) and get FREE shipping on all birdhouses.
Please help house the birds :)
Gifting an Edible Birdhouse like the Bed & Breakfast or Wren Casita is really like two gifts-in-one!
Fun to give yet more fun to receive, birds love these things for several reasons. The premium seed offers a tasty food source, while the real wooden birdhouse beneath is awesome for nesting in spring.
Beyond that and once seed is consumed, beaked buddies will even find these festive birdhouses
a cozy roost for cold nights.
Fun for the recipient (if the least bit crafty) houses may be painted or stained for a joyful project. Wood may also be left untreated to weather naturally over time.
Overall, it's a festively fun bird feeder, functional wood birdhouse, and artsy-fartsy, rainy day project for the recipient :)
Other large seed treats birds adore are Peanut Snowman
(noms) and the Deluxe Fruit & Pecan Wreath. Finally a fruitcake somebody likes!
No-Waste Seed Wreath comes beautifully boxed on a bed of straw with a nice hanging net. The cool thing here is that the straw will be most popular once nesting season is underway.
A natural material found in many nests (like dried grasses) straw and net should be saved for spring offerings! Add some pet hair or feathers to the net along with straw and birds will be all over this like white on rice!
If opting for this DIY bird project, omit dryer lint, it's just not something found in nature. Straw should also be cut into small sections (just a few inches at most) because little birdie feet can get tangled in long strands causing big problems... really.
Giving an Edible Birdhouse or Festive Seed Wreath offers the recipient a multi-use gift their feathered friends will adore now and later!
Give them bluebirds... well, at least a decent house that's NABS Approved!
In a birder's world, there's not a whole lot that compares to watching the nest process, fledge and journey for a new family of bluebirds.
Because they actually have 2-3 clutches per season, older siblings will offer their services to help mom & dad raise the youngin
's. It's probably one of the coolest things to witness.
At first, folks may be hesitant to monitor a bluebird house
for fear of scaring the birds off. But it's not the case! So long as one learns the habits of their blues, avoids nest checks at dawn or dusk, and most importantly to steer clear a few days prior to fledge time, the birds really don't mind much. Oh yeah... knock first, always knock first!
So who is NABS and why do they have approved boxes? The North American Bluebird Society actually recommends and strongly encourages monitoring nest boxes, the main reason being that it helps the birds thrive. Being aware of predators and/or other mishaps gives your blues a better shot at successful fledges.
For this reason, a bluebird house with front- or side door opening is preferred because they're easy to monitor.
One exception might be the Gilbertson Nest Box
which is also very easy to monitor. Also NABS approved, though unlike a traditional bluebird house, it operates in a different fashion.
Another great option is vinyl because it's mold and bacteria resistant, and unlike wood, PVC/Vinyl material lasts a lifetime. This front-door bluebird abode features a copper roof and other amenities blues will surely dig!
Notice both house have predator guards at the entry, this helps keeps thieving paws out as eggs are a tasty treat to most furry ones :(
One important note: Should your blue bird house gift be for someone in the Eastern part of the country, opt for an Eastern Bluebird House. On the flip side, should the recipient reside in the western part of the county, be sure to give a Mountain/Western Bluebird House. The differences are the entry size which is only about 1/8th-inch difference and the floor size... but this is important stuff to a bluebird!
Want to make the gift a little nicer still? Add to it this popular bluebird book about attracting and hosting the birds. Full of wonderful images and great advice, these wares will bring big smiles to a bird watcher... from novice to expert and for many more seasons to come!
Because These Last a Lifetime and Simply Rock!
Know someone who's serious into feeding the birds? Copper Bird Feeders are handcrafted in the USA, done in Vinyl/PVC and virtually impervious to the elements. You'll never see them warp, split or crack... it's guaranteed.
Non-porous material actually makes them healthier for birds. Bacteria and mold can't settle into cracks and splits which eventually occur with wooden bird feeders. People may even like them better than the birds for the architectural aesthetic and quality.
Stunning in the garden, we've had folks actually ask how to keep the birds out the matching birdhouses. Much to our dismay, the answer is to plug the holes, or don't fill the feeder... but why?
Should you have a serious bird enthusiast (who happens to be a seriously good friend) they'll flip over one of these bird feeders for Christmas!
The Double Window feeder with shiny copper roof is shown with a lamp post to complete the fine detail. All will fit a 4x4 wood post, but a vinyl post cover may be purchased locally for much less than online. This installation method offers a seamless appearance for a very minimal cost- try shipping a 6 ft. section of anything these days... it's absurd :( Simply inquire in the fencing section of any large home improvement store and ask for a corner post for vinyl fencing.
The most popular style over the years has to be this gazebo style. All roofs lift off for easy filling, and you can take the garden hose right to them for quick cleaning of environmental grime or buildup.
Copper remains shiny for at least 4 to 5 years prior to weathering. Aged patina roofs remain indefinitely, really just a matter of preference as both are equally popular.
All in all, our copper bird feeders rock above all others, for their beauty, for their lasting quality... and for the birds!
After all.... who couldn't use some fun stuff in the garden?Because being outdoors promotes sanity and relieves life's chaos, you can actually give some peace of mind and aesthetics wrapped up one cool gift... that lasts!
Liven up the space with unique statuary or garden accents, even a pretty wind chime will have a calming effect on the mind and soul.
Listen to sound clips of finely tuned chimes from Music of the Spheres and Woodstock Chimes- their tuning is guaranteed for life!
A family of Teak Puddle Ducks in their vibrant rain gear bring smiles and sunshine to the garden, they're handcrafted in Indonesia with attitude plus!
A Rockin' Rooster or goat, or chickens or pigs may well be in order for the urban homestead, while a hanging Hummingbird Set lets them keep the sprites year-round (available in red also).
For the more enlightened on your list, the Buddha or Namaste-theme might be more appropriate? Give some Zen style with unique stone sculpture- they're equally suited for garden or indoor decor. It's always nice to have the option.
Should you doubt getting them hooked on birds just isn't possible... any of the above gift suggestions from our statuary and sculpture
are sure to bring some big smiles and lasting joy!
We're starting the gift guide early this year... because it always seems like time runs out!
Although we may not have the partridge, and he/she definitely won't use a birdhouse... lots of other resident birds will! Offering birds shelter has real purpose and lasting value, especially for any nature-buff on your list! Prices run from very reasonable to higher end, and you can bet these gifts will last for many seasons of successful broods, plus the selection is fun to browse.
Even during the off-season, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, bluebirds, wrens and others will find birdhouses as a cozy roost for cold nights. Cardinals, jays, robins and goldfinches won't use a birdhouse... but you can still attract them with one of our upcoming gift suggestions!
Why bother with a birdhouse at holiday?
It's actually an awesome time to install one because bluebirds (for example) are one of the earliest friendly fliers to start claiming their nest boxes. As early as February, and regardless of weather, scouts lay claim to territories and start attempting to attract a mate. Watch for the fun wing-tip and listen for their song!
In order to get birds to actually nest in a new birdhouse, timing is critical. New digs should already be available way before nesting season. The new house must be discovered and then claimed by said resident.
So many cool birdhouses... so little time!
Find handmade pottery birdhouses and one-of-kind rustic houses too. Church birdhouses crafted of vintage and reclaimed materials and carved wooden houses in the shape of cats, birds and more. The copper & vinyl classics with pure architectural elements bring lasting elegance to the landscape, while whimsical styles bring a colorful splash to the garden.
Regardless of style, our unique birdhouse selection makes it fun and easy to match the recipient's taste for a meaningful and super fun gift!
It's that scary time of year with ghosts, goblins... and house sparrows!
Here's one instance where we'll say please don't put up a birdhouse, everyone will be better off without. Should house sparrows reside in your yard, it's just best not to do so unless you're able to monitor the nesting process and take action as needed.
Many a good sparrow species do reside in our yards; like the song sparrow, chipping, white throated, Savannah, Harris', swamp and tree sparrow, even juncos are part of the sparrow family.
But encouraging the non-native house sparrow threatens our native songbirds whom we've grown to love and entice by offering birdhouses, bird feeders and bird baths. Among these favorites are bluebirds, chickadees, titmice, tree swallows, basically any of the native cavity-dwelling birds are in jeopardy of deadly situations when house sparrows are present.
Although it's legal to trap and dispose of this nuisance bird (European starlings too), many hold the opinion that they are all G-d's creatures and deserve to be here... and just "be". And that's okay, but please don't encourage them to nest and thrive.
Until one has witnessed a brutal attack on nestlings (and even adults) in order to claim a birdhouse, the full extent of their carnage remains unknown.
Best to learn your sparrows, or at the very least learn to identify the song and appearance of the dreaded house sparrow. Many frequently seen sparrows do look alike, though the house sparrow (originating from Europe) is unrelated. Found is suburbs, farms and cities, it's actually part of the Weaver Finch Family, which deems the species as non-native. Their song is deceiving, they visit bird feeders and birdbaths, and for some, it's the only bird they're able to attract so they "take it".
Here's where a field guide comes in really handy, or one of the many free apps for bird ID. This page has great info on their massive range and identifying the bird.
And last but not least, a video via birdhouse cam showing a brutal attack on a chickadee nest inside the house. We wont' post it here as viewer discretion may be advised and it is lengthy (but very interesting).
While the sparrow sings to claim the box, you can see nestlings honker down and freeze as they sense danger! Luckily, these chicks were old enough to escape the massacre, but a few days earlier would have proven a fatal outcome.
We're not saying don’t put up a birdhouse, but just realize there comes with it a responsibility for the feathered friends who take up residence... real estate's tough out there and competition can be fierce!
Please don't encourage house sparrows, they masquerade as sweet birds... Happy Halloween!