Building a Better Bird House. Even the best bird house plans or easiest projects can often be adjusted to be even more bird_friendly. A good bird house will be a prime nesting spot for years, and new bird families will raise many generations of baby birds in a safe, sturdy, attractive house. To make a bird house more bird_friendly. Include ventilation holes to reduce heat and keep nestlings comfortable; Add drainage holes to remove waste and water and help with ventilation, Use a deep roof overhang or countersunk hole to keep rain out of the house, Choose only natural building materials. Untreated hardwood is best, Do not paint or varnish the house interior(which could be toxic), Choose natural exterior colors that blend with the surroundings for camouflage, Avoid houses with perches that make it easier for predators to reach nestlings, Include a hinged roof or side door that can be opened for seasonal cleaning. By understanding the key elements of a bird_friendly nesting spot before you build a bird house, you can be sure the house you create is safe, comfortable and attractive to birds. With a good house, you can enjoy generations of bird families nesting nearby and reap the rewards of being a responsible bird landlord.
Most birds that can be attracted to feeders are insect or seed eaters. Insect_eating species, such as chickadees and woodpeckers, are attracted by animal fats or "suet." This can be obtained from the grocery store or trimmed from beef, pork, moose, caribou, or other wild meat. Fats that have a low water content are best in areas with severe cold, because they freeze at lower temperatures. Peanut butter, another fat, also attracts birds to feeders. Its sticky consistency occasionally causes problems for birds, so it should be mixed with melted animal fat and cornmeal or rolled oats. That expensive peanut butter will last longer if it is mixed with other ingredients, anyway.