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Using Chicken Coop Plans – What You Should Know Before Building

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Are you looking to save cash by building a poultry house yourself? Do you want to learn the basics, but are worried that you do not have the DIY skills? Do you think using backyard chicken coop plans could be the answer to all of your problems? Good! This article will help you understand some of the things you should know before getting started.

#1 Keeping The Animals Secure

Keeping the animals comfortable and secure should be your first priority. The best way to do this is to ensure that you reinforce any hatches, openings or hinges with something like wire mesh, as this will deter predators.

#2 Ease of Cleaning

Cleaning a poultry house is not the most exciting job, so it is essential to ensure that it is as easy as possible. Backyard chicken coop plans will help you understand some of the easiest things to do to make it accessible.

One simple tip a lot of owners use is sloping the floor. This allows everything to be extracted from inside easily and also allows it to dry faster as water and cleaning fluids runs off easily.

#3 Plenty of Room

The Lifestyle Of Attracting Birds

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

All manner of men find birds diverting. Children, shut-ins and even very busy folks find their chirps, calls and hammerings sweet and their flashing ways instructive. Some while away dull hours watching birds. Others, besides getting entertainment, also add new facts to our knowledge by making notes on bird behavior and migration.

Winter time and the livin’s not easy. Attracting birds within whispering distance, then, is not difficult. Birds, which in summer were wary of the slightest motion, are then emboldened by scarcity. Moreover, they’re free of nesting duties to wander farther afield. Winter is when birds will visit your doorstep, perch on your windowsill and come to your fingertips for the food they crave.

Not climate but different preferences in food determine which birds will winter north. Insect eaters such as swallows, flycatchers and warblers migrate southward to points where a supply of active insects exists. Those remaining depend on insect and spider eggs, larvae and cocoons.

Birds seeking such food – hibernating insects, their eggs or young – find it on twigs, in crevices of bark or within the riddled wood of trees. Man-provided substitutes for natural food, such as beef suet, peanut butter, bacon drippings, all high in protein and fat content, should be placed where birds look for food.

The Interesting Life Of Birds

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

What kind of a bird has a big bill, black wings and is yellow all over?” asked a seventh grade girl at Hanover, New Hampshire, who fed birds on a small shelf not more than a foot and 6 inches wide at her second-story bedroom window. I not only expected four or live such email a day but I expected to be called out of bed early in the morning or have a meeting interrupted at least once a week to make recommendations to a lady confronted with a hawk outside her window ready to pounce on the chickadees at her feeder, or to identify a strange bird.

After identifying the bird at Jane’s window as an evening grosbeak, I suggested that we try to take some pictures of the birds and possibly band some so that she and some of her friends who were members of the Junior Nature Club could learn how it was done.

You’ve Done Your Homework Selecting A Birdhouse, Now What?

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Your selected the type of bird you want to attract and have done your homework. You’ve selected a home with the right size floor space, the right size entry hole and the right height above the floor for the location of the hole. You’ve done as much as you can to protect the home from predators. This column now tells the beginning birder what to do to help attract birds to the backyard.

The first question is how many birdhouses should you set up and for what type of bird? Let’s take the Eastern Bluebird as an example. If you have a small yard or a backyard in an apartment you should only put up a single birdhouse. Bluebirds are notoriously defensive of their territory when mating and will try to drive off rivals. If you have several bluebird houses in a small area you’ll probably end up with only one of them occupied with a Bluebird. Bluebirds typically defend an area of two to five acres. An acre is a square of roughly 200 x 200 feet on a side so Bluebird houses any closer than 100 yards apart are probably too close to each other.

Backyard Birding – Get The Facts

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Backyard birding can be entertaining and calming. The wildlife in one’s yard can be incredible together with numerous different types of birds flying in and out on a constant basis. A satisfying spare time interest can be had by all who are interested in lodging near to home. You will find it helpful to begin watching out for the different sorts of birds which fly into your own property. Some are more common compared to others. If you’re interested in photography, then these amazing subjects may provide you numerous chances to record their elegance with a digital camera or video recorder.

Feeding the birds is a really pleasurable and satisfying hobby. You’ll get to observe many species as well as turn out to be acquainted with some of the unusual behavior of the birds which frequent your own back yard. You’ll only need to provide the birds with food, refuge and water in order to get the most enjoyment out of the year round pastime of backyard birding.

Main Reasons to Get Wild Bird Feeders

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Any bird watcher will be able to regale you with accounts of how important wild birds are in sustaining the balance of a certain ecosystem and maintaining the status quo in the food chain. They will dumbfound you with impressive sounding statistics about population sizes and how the devastating effect man is having on the habitat of these birds.

It is the beautiful song and amazingly varied plumage which attracts many a person to spark an interest in wild birds and consequently purchase a wild bird feeder in order to lure them into the viewing arena of their own back garden.

You need to speak to a birding expert if you are to attract the particular bird that you want as, just like humans, different birds enjoy different types of restaurants. So pick your bird, find out its preferences, then go along and make an informed purchase.

You need to know about these wild bird feeders so that you can entice that one bird that you prize over any other. It is a specialist skill, which requires a certain knowledge, that allows the expert ornithologist to entice his favourite species of bird.

Examining The Effectiveness Of Bird Netting For The Control Of Avian Species

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

The features and advantages of bird netting for avian control programs are many and varied. For airports or areas that need to ensure that bird populations either do not get out of hand or do not interfere with vital transportation or other activities, going with such netting — which generally is very cost-effective — can make a great deal of sense.

Bird netting — in specific terms — is looked upon as a more sensible way of controlling large populations of birds that — when left uncontrolled — might interfere with any number of human activities. This can include interfering with agricultural processes, aviation and a number of other functions that seem to attract birds, for some reason.

Usually, one will also see netting in aviaries or bird sanctuaries, where it is employed to separate different bird species or to keep humans from interfering with the daily activities of the birds within the aviary or sanctuary. It also can be used to keep migratory bird species and their flocks from congregating in large numbers. It will convince them, in some cases, to reroute their migration patterns as well.

The Importance of a Good Feeder.

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Hummingbirds usually get all their energy they need from flower nectar and sugar. The birds have great metabolism and the humming birds are active throughout the day. The birds rely on the proteins and nutrients that they get from the nectar to aid their thirst to fly and navigate continuously. Humming birds are actually flycatchers and go after flies; they need the sugar as a fuel to go after their actual target. Hummingbirds are hungry most of the time, this is the main reason that people have found that the best way to invite these birds near the house is to have feeders and other devices that can dispense sugar and nectar to get these birds to eat and fly around them.

Hummingbird feeders have come a long way since their inception. Many research projects have given way to good styled efficient feeds that can invite the birds near these feeders in large numbers. The first hummingbird feeders were made of glass. Nowadays the feeders come in various different materials that give you choice to choose from. The feeders that are manufactured now are made of plastic, glass and ceramics. Since these feeders were only invented recently many birds do not come to know them as food source but most of the birds tend to learn soon and invite other birds too. The birds also learn to use these feeders effectively. In case you find the birds near your home to be more familiar with one type of feeder to the other, then it is because they are familiar with that. You can change and try many feeders before you settle upon one.

Having Fun with Hummingbirds in Your Backyard.

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Numerous things can be done to attract hummingbirds to your garden. Some easy adjustments can be made to make your garden hummingbird friendly, so that you are rewarded with the presence of feeding and nesting hummingbirds alongwith their young ones.

Setting up hummingbird feeders is a great way to attract them. The feeders should be filled with artificial sugar water solution made at home. Some red flowers can be hanged on a basket or planted near the feeders. This will make it easier for the birds to find the feeders, as they will be attracted to the red flowers. It should be remembered that these birds only rely on sites to find their food source as they do not have any sense of smell.

When using your own hummingbird nectar for the feeders you must never add artificial red coloring to them. The red colors of the feeders are enough to attract them. Also, use of honey or artificial sweeteners has to be avoided. Artificial sweeteners do not have any food value and honey ferments easily which can cause sores in the mouth of the birds. The hummingbird feeders in your garden have to be cleaned every 3-4 days and the nectar changed to keep on attracting the birds.

Some Birding Tips and Tricks for A Better Watching Trip

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Watching Birds is Fun!

Watching birds is fun because birds are fun and it enables you to get outdoors, out of town and see wild birds that you would not see in your yard. Just seeing birds doing what they do everyday is an exiting hobby for anyone who likes to see birds at the bird feeders and bird houses in their yard.

Birding is now a very popular hobby and more birders are joining in every year. Due to increases in available time for other activities many of use now have the time to go birding. Many also realize that being interested in the natural world will provide a better appreciation for the environment and the habitat in which birds live.

All new birders need to understand some basic principles before they venture out on their first birding adventures so that they have some success in finding birds and are not disappointed. A bird feeder in the yard is always a good starting point, but to see more and different birds you have to travel further to find different habitat.

Get Up Early and Be There Before Dawn!

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