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How do I Choose the Best Gazebo Bird Feeder?

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If you are shopping for a gazebo-shaped bird feeder, there are many to choose from in wood, metal and plastic. This type of bird feeder can be a simple feeder that hangs from your favorite tree or it can be something with a little more style. You may want to jazz up your yard with a multi-floor, exotic designer gazebo mounted on a pole with an elaborate cedar-shake roof. Maybe you prefer something with a little shine, like a copper gazebo bird feeder with several outer trays. On the practical side, you will probably want to make sure the feeder is one that is easy to install, clean and refill.

A wood gazebo bird feeder can become a home away from home for your feathered friends in redwood, cedar, pine or bamboo. Cedar or redwood feeders tend to be a popular choice, since they are usually insect- and rot-resistant. You can choose to leave your gazebo bird feeder unfinished or protect the wood with non-toxic oils, such as raw linseed oil. You may want to paint the feeder. Just be careful to use non-toxic, bird safe paint.

Copper bird feeders do not require staining or painting and provide a warm, reddish glow to an outdoor space. This kind of bird feeder is not only aesthetically pleasing, but it may even help keep the birds healthy since copper has natural anti-bacterial properties. Copper is also durable in most types of weather.

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As to the style of a gazebo bird feeder, there are standard platform feeders for those on a budget, or more upscale, architecturally-themed cottage feeders that cost quite a bit more. If you prefer a more rustic style, you might want to go with unfinished wood featuring two or more wooden perches. If you want the birds to really dine in style, there are even gazebo bird feeders that feature colorful stained glass panels.

To attract a wide variety of birds, a gazebo bird feeder is probably a good idea because the open, airy design will accommodate many types and sizes. You can expect chickadees, cardinals, bluebirds and even woodpeckers to stop by for a feast. If you want to really enjoy the view, purchase a bird feeder with an attached planter box, which can be filled with colorful flowers that attract butterflies, dragonflies or hummingbirds.

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