an ornithologically correct chickadee hanging birdhouse in cedar wood
Featured Image: Chickadee Hanging Birdhouse in Cedar by Winter Woodworks


Are you a bird-watching enthusiast struggling to attract a variety of birds to your yard? A gardener or homeowner seeking to enhance the beauty and ecological balance of your outdoor space? Or perhaps you're looking for a meaningful gift for the nature lover in your life? Look no further! Fountainful's latest collection of ornithologically correct bird houses is here to address these challenges and more. 

We're thrilled to unveil our latest contribution to the birding world — our first-ever wooden product line from Winter Woodworks. This collection exemplifies our commitment to quality, sustainability, and the joy of bird-watching. Our cedar birdhouses and feeders are meticulously designed to attract a diverse array of birds. In this blog, we'll explore the benefits of using cedar wood for birding products and what it means to have an "ornithologically correct" birdhouse.

Benefits of Cedar Birdhouses and Cedar Bird Feeders

Cedar's natural aroma and texture are inviting to birds. Its durability ensures that birdhouses and feeders remain intact and safe for birds over time, encouraging them to return. Unlike other woods that may require chemical treatments to withstand the elements, cedar maintains its integrity naturally. This is particularly important for birdhouses because it ensures a safe and healthy environment for your feathered friends.

Types of Birdhouses for Different Birds: Ornithologically Correct Birdhouse Designs

Bluebird Nesting Box/House in Cedar by Winter Woodworks

Every design cue of the Bluebird Nesting Box – from its entrance hole size to box depth – has been engineered to meet bluebird nesting preferences.

Our cedar birdhouses are designed with specific bird species in mind. By providing correctly sized  entrance holes and interior space, we cater to the preferences of different avian species, increasing the likelihood of attracting a diverse group. For example, the
Cedar Wood Bluebird House features a 2.25 inch entrance hole and a larger nest box portion, tailored for all North American Bluebird species including the Eastern, Western, and Mountain Bluebird. The Chickadee Hanging Cedar Wood Birdhouse, by comparison, features a 1-⅛ inch diameter entrance hole and a smaller nest box that is perfect for North American Chickadees including the Black-capped, Mountain, Boreal, Carolina, Gray-headed, Mexican, and Chestnut-backed Chickadee among others.

Eco-Friendly Birding Materials and a Commitment to Sustainability

Sustainability is at the heart of this collection. All products are made from untreated Western Red Cedar which is naturally resistant to pests. We use eco-friendly fastenings, such as old-fashioned screws and staples, in order to avoid potentially toxic glues. Each piece is hand-built with care in a family owned woodshop in the USA, which ensures quality and reduces our carbon footprint as a company who cares deeply about the environment. 

Specialized Birdhouse Mounting Guidance

Bluebird Nesting Box in Cedar by Winter Woodworks

 Each cedar birdhouse in our Winter Woodworks Collection contains guidance on how to best mount and position the house for optimal aviary attraction.

The placement of your cedar birdhouse or feeder is crucial, so we provide specialized mounting guidance and advice for each piece of equipment. The Bluebird House, for example, should ideally be mounted between 4 and 6 feet above the ground. This height mimics the typical nesting height of bluebirds in the wild, and provides them with a sense of safety and familiarity. It's also an ideal height for monitoring and maintenance. 

In comparison, the Chickadee Birdhouse is best placed 5 to 15 feet off the ground, in an area with 40% to 60% sunlight. This height range offers protection from ground predators while simulating the chickadees' natural nesting habits in tree cavities. The moderate sunlight exposure ensures a comfortable temperature, preventing the birdhouse from overheating or becoming too damp, thus creating an inviting and safe environment for small birds like chickadees to nest and care for their chicks.

Cedar Bird Feeders for Sale: Introducing the Oriole Hanging Bird Feeder 

Oriole Hanging Bird Feeder in Cedar by Winter Woodworks

The Oriole Hanging Cedar Wood Bird Feeder can accommodate multiple birds at once, and includes a ramekin for jelly underneath the dowels for orange slices. 

Another gem in our collection is the Oriole Hanging Cedar Wood Bird Feeder. Hand-built with western red cedar and stenciled with non-toxic paint, this feeder is designed to accommodate multiple birds at once. It features wooden dowels for orange slices and a ramekin for fruit bits, jelly, or homemade nectar, providing the carbohydrates and fuel that Orioles require for their migratory journeys.

Do Birds Use Birdhouses in the Winter?

Yes, birds certainly do use birdhouses in the winter. Cedar birdhouses, with their natural insulating properties (due to the high proportion of air spaces within the cellular structure of the cedar wood) provide a cozy and secure refuge for birds during the colder months. These sturdy shelters offer crucial protection from harsh weather conditions, such as snow, rain, and biting winds. By installing a cedar birdhouse, you're not only enhancing the aesthetic appeal of your garden but also playing a vital role in supporting local bird populations during the challenging winter season. Learn more about the importance of birdhouses and nesting boxes from the National Wildlife Federation.

What are the Best Birdhouses for Small Birds? 

Wren Hanging Birdhouse in Cedar by Winter Woodworks

 Not only is the Wren Hanging Birdhouse engineered to the preferences of North American Wrens and other petite birds, it has stenciling in non-toxic paint that makes it beautiful!

Our collection includes cedar birdhouses specifically designed for small birds, like the
Wren Hanging Birdhouse. It's perfect for North American Wrens and other petite species including titmice and nuthatches. Its dimensions and entrance hole are precisely tailored to accommodate the size and nesting habits of smaller birds to ensure that they feel secure and protected. 

Cedar Birdhouses for Sale

Fountainful is proud to present our new Winter Woodworks Collection of Birding products. We invite you to explore this charming collection and experience the difference that cedar wood and ornithologically correct designs can make in your own backyard oasis. Whether you're a gardener, a homeowner, a bird-nerd or someone who loves one, our cedar birdhouses and feeders are sure to enrich the lives of humans and feathered friends alike.

Fountainful is a family-owned business that brings a unique blend of passion and expertise to the world of outdoor living. With a deep appreciation for nature and a commitment to quality, Fountainful offers a curated selection of outdoor products to transform any space into a haven of relaxation and beauty. Whether you're looking to attract wildlife to your garden or seeking the perfect outdoor accessory, Fountainful is your go-to destination for quality, variety, and exceptional service.

Visit our website at to browse our cedar birdhouses and more, and feel free to call us at 214-901-7275 with any questions between the hours of 9am to 5pm CST Monday through Friday. Happy birding!

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