Architectural birdhouses - fancy dinner for the feathered ones

Open a fancy bird's diner in your garden or on your balcony with this charming collection of Bauhaus-inspired birdhouses made in Germany - stainless, frost-resistant and durable.
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Bauhaus birdhouses – stylish restaurants for birds

Bird houses bear their name not least because they have always reflected the architecture of human houses. And so our collection of straight (and with a certain wink) designed feeding places and birdbaths designed in the Bauhaus tradition fits perfectly into the present days. Most birdhouses can be installed in a garden or on the balcony of a city flat and provide a stylish stage for observing native songbirds.

Of course the design of the birdhouses is also and above all made to meet the birds' needs. Most models offer a nice landing spot, sufficient height for birds of different sizes and a roof to protect the bird food from soaking through with rain water. Mostly made of steel or stainless steel, our birdhouses are also robust all year round and can be cleaned very well. The offered birdbaths come with frost-proof porcelain bowls.

Tips for feeding birds

Even if not all experts agree on this topic, it can be assumed that responsible feeding of native birds does not cause any harm and in the best case makes a valuable contribution to species and nature conservation. The natural food sources of our native birds are acutely threatened by intensive agriculture, which limits the habitats of both forage plants and insects. In addition, the retreat and nesting places of birds, for which our modern straightforward architecture offers hardly any niches, are dwindling.

In addition, climate change is leading to increasing water shortages in summer, putting not only plants but also birds and other animals under stress.

In the best case, feeding in the birdhouse should go hand in hand with naturally arranged gardens in which mostly endemic plants and insects find a rich habitat. This includes trees, shrubs, bushes and hedges which provide a refuge for birds and other animals. Nesting boxes also offer a protected space for breeding.

 

Basically, native birds can be distinguished as follows:  

Soft-food eaters (e.g. blackbird, wren, starling, robin) like to eat oatmeal, poppy seeds, bran and sultanas as well as fruit.

Grain-eaters (e.g. sparrow, finch, siskin, bullfinch) like to eat sunflower seeds, hemp seed and chopped nuts.

There are also birds that like both types of food (e.g. woodpecker, tit, nuthatch).

Ready-made bird food mixtures, such as those available at large retail stores, are not recommended for birdhouses. On the one hand they are quite pricey for what they offer, on the other hand they often contain seeds of the allergy-causing ragweed plant.

Important notes on feeding in the bird house

Whereas in the past it was only recommended to fill the birdhouses in winter and in snow, most experts now assume that year-round feeding makes sense. However, it is important that feeding is carried out consistently: Once the birds have become accustomed to the bird house as a reliable source of food, it should be filled regularly so that no unexpected emergency situation arises for the birds.

Hygiene is also important: both bird watering places and bird feeders must be cleaned regularly and thoroughly to ensure that they do not spread pathogens among the the birds.

Birdbaths and feeding stations must be adequately protected from cats. A minimum height of 1.50 metres above the ground is recommended for standing birdhouses.

Absolutely taboo in bird houses are human food remains as well as bread, salt and other spices. The birds' digestion is not designed to cope with all this, there is a danger to their lives.

Who makes our birdhouses

Opossum Design: Founded in 1998 in Thuringia (Eastern Germany) by Heiko Sinnig, the company stands for straightforward but charmingly designed utilities and furniture from their own production. Most of the products are manufactured in-house and all of them in Germany. The down-to-earth managed and working manufacturer is represented at international fairs and has high-ranking international museums on their customer list.

Keilbach: The manufacturer Keilbach from Baden-Württemberg produces articles of daily use for home and garden in high-class award-winning designs. The creative mind is designer and company founder Peter Keilbach. Keilbach products, mostly made of metal or wood, are characterised by straight lines, functionality and first-class quality. They are manufactured exclusively in-house with the support of local suppliers.

Any more questions? We will be happy to advise you personally by phone or e-mail.