Thursday, November 5, 2009
Saturday, October 31, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Just wanted to share a new design Fred made a couple of weeks ago. The perfect birdhouse for a farm. We took it with us to the craft shows and people were delighted. One couple thought it was the perfect gift for their parents for the holidays. Take a look and you will see why. You can find it in our etsy shop also. Thanks for looking.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
There were 60 crafters selling an array of jewelry, fine arts, prints, hand turned pens, woodworking, handmade soap just to name a few (which I had to buy) and birdhouses. The buying crowds were out and we really enjoyed the day.
We had today off, so what do you think we did. We drove around looking for tag sales. We really lucked out, we found a ton of items that we can make one of a kind birdhouses out of, but we are not giving away any secrets just yet.
We have had a lot of requests for church birdhouses. Fred has been busy the past week designing and building them. The windows on each side are stained glass. We met an artist who speicalizes in stained glass and asked her to create the windows just for us. Let us know what you think.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Please let us know what you think. We are taking it with us next weekend for our upcoming craft show and hope to get some feedback their also.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
You can find the birdhouse in our etsy shop.
Stay tuned, we will have more designs to show you as the week goes by.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
We have an off weekend and are going to spend it tag sale hunting. We are so excited because rarely can we devote all this time to something we enjoy so much. We will be looking for treasures that we feel will be suitable for our birdhouses. Stay tuned, we will take pictures of our latest creations and share them with you.
We have updated our show schedule - please take a peek.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Cardinals can be found in the eastern United States. The male cardinal has beautiful red feathers, a black throat and face mask and a head crest. The female is light brownish yellow with red tinted wings and tail. The female also has a head crest.
Most cardinals prefer bird feeders that are 4-6 feet high from the ground. They do not like hanging feeders. The more secure the bird feeder the better. Throwing birdseed on the ground is a good idea if you have cardinals around because they really enjoy ground feeding. What are some of their favorite types of birdseed? Black oil sunflower seeds, safflower seeds and striped sunflower seeds. They love to feed early in the morning and will be one of the last types of birds to leave the feeder in the evening. You may also attract Blue Jays, Rose Breasted Grosbeaks and Evening Grosbeaks with this type of seed.
Cardinals enjoy water. Setting up a bird bath in your yard is important to attracting them. Bird baths also help keeping other birds around. Since cardinals do not migrate, having plenty of water, the correct type of feeder and this birds favorite seeds, you may just find yourself with a cardinal family for many years to come.
The female nests two or three times a year in small trees, bushes and shrubs and lays three to four eggs. These eggs are light green/dull gray with reddish brown specks. She incubates them for approx. 13 days before they hatch. The male and female cardinal share the parental duties. Baby cardinals leave the nest approx. 11 days after they are hatched. By the time they leave the nest, they really do not look like a cardinal yet. They are still covered with gray downy feathers.
If you are lucky enough to watch a family of cardinals before the fledglings leave, then you are in for a treat. Cardinal parents will teach their young how to feed from bird feeders. What a great hobby to be a bird watcher. Not only are you able to watch, feed and learn about birds, but you can really appreciate nature and connect to it.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
When you buy your meats for the week, trim down the excess fat before freezing them. This excess fat off raw beef cuts is ideal for suet mix. Store them in the freezer until you have about a pound or more. If you would like to skip this step, you can always purchase beef fat from the grocery store or your nearby butcher.
The first step in making bird suet is to get all your supplies together that you will be using. You are going to need an electric skillet or over sized pan, (I picked up the electric skillet at a tag sale years ago). You will need a piece of fine cheesecloth and molds for the final product. A very simple mold to use can be a clean tuna can, any size will do. I have also used old tupper ware sandwich containers, which work great for the larger wire suet holders.
Take your frozen suet that you have been saving and cut it up into small cubes. After the suet melts, pour it through the fine cheesecloth into a heatproof container. Discard any pieces that did not melt. Let the melted suet sit and re-harden. You can either do this by placing it in the freezer or let it harden on the counter top. This entire process should be done at least 2-3 times before it is ready to use. The suet has to cake properly, and will only do so by following this procedure.
After your 2nd or 3rd time of melting and the suet has cooled, but not yet solidified, you can stir in your desired ingredients. I have listed below what we use. Pour the mixture into the molds we suggested or containers that are suitable for your suet feeder.
We use the following to add to our suet: cornmeal, shelled unsalted peanuts, raisin bread crumbs (whole-wheat or cracked-wheat bread works the best), unsalted shelled sunflower seeds, rolled oats, and/or peanut butter (sparingly). Allow the suet to cool completely. We wrap our suet cakes in wax paper and keep them in the freezer. This way they are ready to use whenever we want.
Suet feeders are readily available at any pet store or grocery store or you can make your own. We make a natural log bird feeder which is ideal for this type of suet.
Once you have determined what type of feeder you will use for your suet mix, you can sit back and enjoy nature.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Fred has been working hard making birdfeeders. We have two types to show you. The first bird feeder has a well that is 1 1/4" deep with drain holes in the bottom. This birdfeeder is the perfect size for your feathered friends. The roof overhangs on both sides so the birds are able to stay dry when feeding. We have painted these in red, blue, dark green and kiwi green. Visit our etsy shop and take a look.
When I first made this log bird feeder years ago, I thought, this really does not look like a bird feeder. Well, to my surpise, the birds love it! The next day I was out in the yard and noticed a downy woodpecker. Over the next few days I was surprised at how many wild brids it attracted.
The holes are 1" and the log is from a tree in the woods behind our house. This is a natural way to provide suet and peanut butter for the birds. This bird feeder is perfect for filling with our special bird pudding mix too.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Be careful how you offer it though. You do not want to add it to your birdfeeder in large quantities. The sticky peanut butter is not good if it gets on the birds feathers. Make sure that it is offered in a way that this does not happen. A big wad of peanut butter may also be just as hard for the birds to swallow as it is for us. We offer peanut butter in very small quantities when the weather is very cold. Smearing it on tree bark or a pine cone is a great way to offer it to the birds.
Find a nice sized pine cone and twist wire around the top. You want to make the wire into a hanger so you can hang it from a tree. This is a great family project to do with the kids. Spread the peanut butter over the cone and then sprinkle or roll it in your birdseed. Leave it in your freezer for a half hour and then hang the pine cone out in your yard where you can watch from a window. Get out your binoculars, because you are in for a treat. This will attract many birds to your yard.
We have a great peanut butter bird pudding recipe we would like to share with you. You will need peanut butter, corn meal, sunflower seeds (or bridseed) and bread crumbs. You will also need a large bowl and wooden spoon.
Add one part peanut butter to three parts corn meal and all your other ingredients. Each time you make a new batch, you can make it different because of the ingredients you choose to add.
Fold this mixture in the large bowl with the wooden spoon until it is distributed evenly.
You can use this mixture on pine cones or add it to a mesh bag. Tie one end of the mesh bag in a knot, fill the bag with your mixture and tie a string to the other end to hang it. The brids love this mesh bag. It is easy for them to hang on to as they eat the food through the mesh. Just make sure you hang it securely.
Stay tuned....Fred will be taking pictures of a bird feeder he made out of a tree branch. He drilled various holes throughout the branch and attached a hook on top with strong wire. We filled the holes with our peanut butter bird pudding recipe and hung it in the tree. The birds are absolutely crazy about it.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Hulled proso white millet is an easily digested treat for your birds and found in most mixes of wild birdseed. You can also purchase this seed by itself. This type of food is hard to find and very expensive though. The white tiny seeds attract a variety of birds, especially towhees, juncos, doves, native sparrows, quail and bobwhite. The painted and indigo buntings love white proso millet. These are two of the most beautiful colorful songbirds you will ever see. If these two types of birds are in your area, you may want to spend the extra money because the sight of them is well worth it!
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Nyger (Thistle) seeds are tiny black seeds imported from Asia and Africa. Most bird lovers hang the seed in a thistle sock which can be purchased at your local pet store.
Nyger (Thistle) seed also will attract purple finches, house finches and juncos. Goldfinches turn a brilliant yellow color in the late spring during breeding season. Go out today and get a thistle feeder, fill it with Gold Nyger Seeds and attract one of the brightest and beautiful birds, the goldfinch, to you backyard.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
In addition to attracting cardinals, grosbeaks and downy woodpeckers, you can also attract chickadees, titmice and nuthatches. Did you know that there are birds out there that hog your bird feeders? Some of these types of birds are grackles, starlings and blackbirds. Using safflower seeds in your birdseed mix will deter these types of birds.
Safflower seeds are found in quality wild birdseed mixes and are expensive. Very rarely will you find them in bird seed mixes at grocery stores. Look for a wild birdseed mix that offers safflower seeds in it if you wish to attract cardinals to your yard.
Supposedly squirrels will ignore feeders with safflower seeds because they find them bitter. If you have a chipmunks in your yard, you may not want to use this type of seed because they love it.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
These hulled sunflower seeds can be purchased whole or as chips, (sometimes called hearts) and both forms are used in many wild bird seed mixes. These hulled seeds make no mess of shells that accumulate under the feeders as with the striped sunflower seeds or black oil sunflower seeds. You must remember though, that the shells of sunflower seeds contain a component that is toxic to grass. This component will kill any grass that is growing around or beneath your feeders. Raking up these seeds are a must and because of this, many people often choose hulled sunflower seeds.
Feeding the birds hulled sunflower seeds can be a huge benefit to the birds because none of their precious energy reserves are wasted opening the shells during the cold winter monts.Hulled sunflower seeds attract a larger variety of species including birds that are not equipped with the beaks to crack open shells or not usually associated with eating sunflower seeds. By putting this seed out you may see robins, thrushes, mockingbirds, thrashers, catbirds, sparrows and bluebirds feeding at the base of your feeders.
The best reason to put out hulled sunflower seeds though, is to attract goldfinches. They simply cannot resist this food. Hulled sunflower seeds practically guarantee they'll be regular visitors at any feeder. Don't be surpised if you also see house wrens, purple finches, chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, cardinals, grosbeaks and
Because the shells have to be removed, these seeds are costlier than sunflower seeds in the shell. There is a draw back to buying hulled sunflower seeds. The shelled seeds tend to spoil faster if exposed to dampness, so watch what type of feeder you use. They should be offered in feeders that provide protection from the elements so they stay dry for the birds to enjoy.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Striped sunflower seeds are larger and less expensive than black oil sunflower seeds. They have a thicker shell and a white stripe on them. The larger size and thicker shell can make them harder for the small birds to eat, but the larger heavy billed birds like cardinals, bluejays, woodpeckers and grosbeaks do not have any problem breaking through to the sunflower seed inside. The small birds such as chickadees, nuthatches and titmice also can open the shells of striped sunflower seeds and will eat them when nothing else is readily available.
Friday, January 9, 2009
Black oil sunflower seed has a higher percentage of meat and has a nutritious source of protein. The thin, soft outer shell makes it easy for birds to open, especially small birds. Once opened, black oil sunflower seeds offer more nutrients than any other type of seed. The seed has a high concentration of oil too. This is very important in winter. Birds use their oil glands to spread the oil over their feathers to keep them dry and warm.
Filling your feeders with black oil sunflower seeds will attract chickadees, nuthatches, titmice, goldfinches, pine skins, finches, grosbeaks and cardinals.
This type of seed may cost more but you will not be disappointed. We have been buying black oil sunflower seeds for years now and have a variety of birds in our backyard during the winter months. Fred fills the feeders on a regular basis. We have one that is designated for this type of seed only and it is always empty before the others.
Try black oil sunflower seeds in your feeders. We would love to hear your results. Check back for more information during the next few days on what other types of feed birds love.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Fred was out in the yard the other day feeding the birds after the big snow storm when the neighbor walked by with their dog. After shooting the breeze for a while the neighbor asked Fred a question about birdseed. What type do you use?
We all know that birdseed is readily available at the grocery store and costs a lot less than birdseed at a pet store or through a specialty catalog....BUT....Is it the same thing?
No, it is not! The grocery store brand, for less money, will not be as appealing to the birds. It is most always mixed with a lot of "filler" seeds. These "filler" seeds take up room in the bag and the birds find these kind of seeds undesirable. You know exactly what I mean. This is the birdseed you see on the ground after the birds have picked through it to find what they really want. The good birdseed is going to cost you a little more, but your birds will truly love you for it! And premium birdseed will actually give you more edible seed per pound than the other inexpensive seed mixes. Remember, you get what you pay for.
There are many kinds of birdseed to choose from, but a few basic types can satisfy the most finicky birds. Buying several varieties of seed in bulk and mixing them yourself can actually save you money, too.
Stay tuned please. Over the next few days Fred will let you know what kinds of birdseed attract what types of birds and why.