If you want something fun and quirky to place in your home, there are many options. But none can be as charming and as nature-friendly as creating a bird habitat. A bird habitat will not only beautify your patio or balcony, but it can also help shelter these friendly animals all year round. Here are simple ways to create a bird habitat on your patio.
- Choose a sturdy material. Naturally, you do not want something that can easily be turned over by a gust of wind. Metal bird habitats are usually your best bet when choosing the sturdy, yet compact ones. Concrete or ceramic bird habitats might be a bit bulkier, and could easily be broken if it turns over and drops to the ground.
- Mount the feeder with an eyebolt. To further secure the stability of your bird habitat, mount it securely using an eyebolt. This will ensure that your bird habitat does not easily tip or get blown away when faced with extreme weather conditions.
- Choose an easy to clean feeder. You would not want this addition to take up too much of your time. Make sure that you choose a feeder that is easy to clean. Find a bird habitat that is simply built, with easy to reach compartments and sections. It is important that you clean your habitat regularly so it will not create an unpleasant smell so make sure the feeder that you purchase is something that is not too difficult to clean.
- Leave a variety of seeds for the birds. Sometimes, different birds have different tastes. As such, you should leave behind different kinds of seeds for their preferences. The next time you buy a set of bird seeds, observe which ones got eaten up faster. This prevents you from wasting any more bird seeds.
- Create a natural environment for them. Birds are naturally shy, and you should make it a point to provide them with a bird habitat that is as close to their natural habitat as possible. Even if they are understandably hungry and would want to eat some bird seeds, they will still be wary when faced with a new environment. Add plants and several tree branches to make the feeder as natural as possible. Provide the feeder with little tucked in corners for the little birds to hide. This allows them to feel safe and they will come back to your bird feeder more often.
- Consider the location. You don’t just plop your bird feeder wherever you like. What you can do is assume which position gets the least exposure to harsh elements. Do not put up your bird feeder where the sun is shining directly. Provide a bit of shade for the birds. Don’t keep it where the winds could buffet the feeder away, no matter how securely you mount it.
- Don’t forget the water. While you may provide the birds with a constant supply of bird seeds, it is also important that you keep them hydrated. Provide enough water for the birds, especially during winter season, where water is frozen, and therefore, scarce.
When you create a bird habitat, have fun. This is for your welfare, too as much as it is for the birds. It will be good for your well-being, knowing that you are doing something to help Mother Nature care for these beautiful birds.