Are you getting ready to buy a birdhouse for your property? Here are a few features to look for when comparing your options to one another:
A Weatherproof Exterior
Just because your new birdhouse is made of sturdy wood or metal doesn't mean that it will hold up well to the outdoor elements. Wooden birdhouses can start to mold and birds can scratch their surfaces over time if they aren't properly treated.
In fact, some damage is possible for any type of birdhouse that isn't protected. So if you want your birdhouse to hold up for years to come, make sure that it has been treated with some kind of weatherproof paint or coating. Even birdhouses that are meant to be painted at home after purchase should be protected with a clear coat or paint or some sealant.
A Large Food Compartment
It might be tempting to purchase a birdhouse that has a small food compartment because there is more room for décor and standing room for the birds, but a small compartment won't hold more than a day or two worth of food. So you'll likely find yourself refilling the birdhouse several times throughout the month. This can be inconvenient if you're a busy person or you tend to spend a lot of time away from home for whatever reason. A small food compartment can be tough to clean out, so it can turn into a mess after a harsh rain.
Choosing a birdhouse with a large food compartment that is big enough to fit your entire fist in will make it easy to clean when necessary. And you'll be able to put enough food in the birdhouse to last several days at a time too, which will give you peace of mind in knowing that your yard birds are fed even when you're away on vacation.
Multiple Installation Options
It's also a good idea to choose a birdhouse for sale online that offers multiple installation options. You may want to hang the birdhouse from a tree right now, but that tree could get cut down later on or you might find that the tree isn't attracting as many birds as you'd like. In cases like these, you may want to mount the birdhouse on a post or hang it from your home. So for optimal flexibility, make sure that your birdhouse comes with multiple types of attachments and is compatible with both hanging and mounting installation options.