News

Nature's Way Beneficial Insect House Selected for March's "Retailer Picks" in Hardware Retailing Magazine!

Nature's Way Beneficial Insect House Selected for March's "Retailer Picks" in Hardware Retailing Magazine!

Nature's Way Deluxe Beneficial Insect House is featured in this month's edition of Hardware Retailing magazine! The house is featured in the magazine's monthly "Retailer Picks", where retailers select and share their favorite new products.

 "The Beneficial Insect House is a great way to garden without requiring pesticides and chemicals. It attracts beneficial insects that keep the garden in bloom." -Mark Armstead, Beisswenger's Hardware

The Better Gardens Deluxe Beneficial Insect House allows homeowners to naturally maintain and improve the health of the plants in their yard, landscape or garden by attracting insects. The multi-chamber design attracts the largest variety of beneficial insects, including mason bees, leafcutter bees, lacewings, ladybugs and more. The house is made of rot-resistant premium cedar and has an easy-mount hanger and an easy-clean chamber to customize chamber contents and easily clean out unwanted pests.

 

 

You can find an electronic copy of this month's edition here: http://www.hardwareretailingarchive.com/i/789999-mar-2017

Visit our Beneficial Insect Houses page for more information on our beneficial insect houses and how they can improve the health of your garden and landscape.

 

Read more →

2017 Spring Into Savings!

2017 Spring Into Savings!

In appreciation of our continued retailer support, Nature’s Way would like to offer exclusive Spring Into Savings discounts on your store's next order.

  • Order Period: 2/1/17 - 2/29/17
  • Ship Period: 3/1/17 - 4/1/17
  • 10% Discount: Order amount $500 -$999
  • 15% Discount: Order amount $1,000 & above 

How to order:

  • Electronic orders may be placed by sending to:
  • orders@natureswaybirds.com
  • Fax orders to: (216) 274-9636
  • Or call Cheryl at (440) 554-6166 

For any questions, or for more information, contact info@natureswaybirds.com

Nature’s Way Bird Products, LLC

Committed to bringing wildlife back to your yard in a sustainable, enriching, and enjoyable way --- just like nature intended!

Read more →

Cleaning Your Bird Feeders

Cleaning Your Bird Feeders

 

Why clean feeders?

Even in the colder winter months, it is important to clean your bird feeders on a regular basis to prevent the buildup of bacteria that can cause disease. Feeders can sometimes be even busier during the winter months with the influx of migrating birds and as inclement weather makes other natural food sources harder to come by. No matter what type of feeder or type of food you provide, cleaning birdfeeders is an easy way to keep your backyard flock healthy year-round and avoid spreading diseases among birds. Dirty feeders allow the seed to spoil and harbor mold and bacteria. Rancid seed can attract unwanted wildlife such as mice, rats, raccoons, and insects. Spoiled seed can cause wood decay and difficulty in cleaning the feeder which may cause additional damage. Caked seed can clog feeding ports, hinges and other parts causing it to crack, warp or break. Feeders should be cleaned 1-2 times a month depending on its frequency of use. Clean birdfeeders and feeding areas will attract more birds and keep all backyard birds healthier for you to enjoy!

Feeder Cleaning Tips

Nature’s Way Bird Products has made maintaining clean feeders easier with our innovative and patented bird products! 

Our Bamboo and Cedar Series feature feeders with the patented Fresh Seed™ tray. The Fresh Seed™ tray keeps seed fresh by allowing water to drain and air to flow freely. When necessary, the rust-free seed tray lifts out easily for quick and thorough cleanings.

 

 

Nature’s Way Bird Products’ Twist&Clean™ Series features tube feeders using the innovative and patented Twist&Clean™ technology. Simply twist and pull to remove the feeder’s base, ports, perches, and Even-FeedTM baffles. These tube feeders are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning of the entire feeder. 

 

 

If you should choose not to use the dishwasher for cleaning the Nature’s Way Bird Products' feeders, or for feeders that cannot be washed in the dishwasher, feeders can be sanitized with a solution of one part bleach to nine parts hot water, or with a mild solution of unscented dish detergent and warm water. Be sure to rinse thoroughly with water and let dry completely before refilling. Washings can be less frequent if you give your feeder a quick cleaning every time the feeders are refilled: scrape, dump, or shake out any seed clumps and excess debris before refilling the feeder.

Read more →

Feeding Tips

Feeding Tips

To maximize the number of species that visit your yard, keep a variety of feeders filled, offer multiple seed types, and feed year-round. 

Nature’s Way Bird Products offers many styles of bird feeders (Cedar, Bamboo, Twist&Clean, and Nectar) for various types of seeds and feed, and many of our feeders offer spacing that will attract larger birds to your backyard.  Always offer quality seed in your feeders to increase the number and variety of birds with less wasted seed.  Store extra seed in a clean, dry container and always check for mold before placing in the feeder.  Also consider gardening and landscaping, including water features or birdbaths, to duplicate natural habitats as a way to entice birds to visit your yard throughout the seasons. 

 What type of seed/feed?

While birds sometimes surprise us with their seed/food choices, the seed listed below typically attract these birds:

  • Mixed seeds: Cardinals, Grosbeaks, Titmice, Nuthatches, Chickadees, Finches, Jays, Juncos
  • Sunflower: Cardinals, Grosbeaks, Titmice, Nuthatches, Chickadees, Juncos
  • Thistle (Nyger): Finches, Siskins
  • Suet Cake: Woodpeckers, Jays, Titmice, Chickadees, Nuthatches
  • Nectar: Hummingbirds, Orioles
  • Grape Jelly/Orange halves:  Orioles
  • Mealworms:  Bluebirds, Wrens, Chickadees
  • Peanuts:  Jays, Woodpeckers
  • Chopped apples/dried fruit:  Woodpeckers, Mockingbirds, Catbirds, Robins

Where should I place my Nature’s Way feeder?

The best way to determine where most birds prefer to have their dinner in your yard is by experimenting.  Here are a few things to consider:

  • Placing your feeder (Cedar) near natural cover (such as trees, shrubs, and other vegetation) provides nearby shelter for birds to view their feeding area so they can see any predators while waiting for their turn to feed.  Many birds like to bring the seed to a safe area to eat it.  But be careful not to put your feeder too close as it can provide cats with ambush spots and jump-off points to catch birds, as well as squirrels easier access to the feeders!  It is best to keep the feeder about 10-12 feet from any tree or obstacle.
  • Placing feeders near flower beds or planters may help you attract more birds to your yard.  The bright colors and seeds of flowers attract many birds, such as finches and hummingbirds (Nectar).
  • Consider placing your birdfeeder (Bamboo) in quiet, yet convenient, areas sheltered from wind, rain and snow so the birds in your yard can feel safe and comfortable while they eat, and you won’t mind filling it in bad weather!  The south side of the house is generally the warmest, but areas buffered by trees and shrubs also offer good placement areas.
  • You will want to place the feeder (Twist&Clean) so you can observe the birds through a window or from your outdoor living spaces, but you will want to consider the “mess” factor!  When feeding birds there will be feathers, seed shells, and droppings. 

When initially putting up a new feeder, be patient!  Birds are creatures of habit and may not take to a new feeder right away.  But once they find it, you will enjoy many hours of bird watching!

Read more →

Are you ready for hummingbird season?

Are you ready for hummingbird season?

Hummingbirds will come eagerly to feeders stocked with sugar water. Once found, they will learn to seek out this rich food even if the location or appearance of the feeder is changed.

The tried and true formula for hummingbird food is simple: about one part white granulated sugar to four parts water. Boil the water for approximately 2 minutes, add the sugar, and stir to dissolve thoroughly. Cover and allow to cool before using or pouring into a clean storage bottle. We do not recommend adding red dye to the nectar mixture. 

A large batch of nectar can be made and stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. This makes refilling the feeder easy so you won't mind doing it every few days.

You must change the nectar frequently - at least twice a week. The need to change the nectar depends on the temperatures, where the feeder is hung, and number and frequency of hummingbirds feeding at your feeder. If the birds are not emptying your feeder between cleanings, it's unnecessary and wasteful to fill it completely. Fill only with the amount of nectar they will consume in a few days. Over time you will get a feel for how much nectar to put in the feeder. If you notice that the nectar is turning milky, or that white strings or black spots are growing in it, change it more often.

In order to be a responsible host, you must keep your feeder clean and full of fresh nectar. Every four or five days take down your feeder and discard any unconsumed sugar water. Take apart your feeder and flush with hot tap water – a little vinegar can be added to the water to help prevent mold from becoming established. Visually inspect the feeder for black mold. If mold is present, place all parts in dishwasher for a thorough cleaning. A pipe cleaner or small brush will be needed to pre-clean the stainless steel tubes of the bottom-fill feeders prior to placing in the dishwasher or when washing the feeder parts by hand.

Read more →

Nature’s Way Bird Products is Taking Flight!

We have been busy behind the scenes over here- our first months of operation have been exciting and met with great reception! We’ve heard time and again from folks who are thrilled to have finally found a line of bird products they know will last and will bring wildlife to their yards.  Nature’s Way Bird Products has also been on the move showcasing our innovative bird products at a recent Bradley Caldwell, Inc. (BCI) Show and developing partnerships with independent and small chain retailers to bring our line of bird products to you!

As a new manufacturer of bird products, we know that our innovative designs and superior quality is what sets us apart. That's why we're thrilled to hear that Birding Business Magazine agrees! Check out their profile of Nature’s Way Bird Products here, highlighting our innovative designs and materials. They recognize that as new player in the industry, our products stand out as durable, attractive, and easy to clean.

Want to check out our products for yourself? Watch for Nature’s Way Bird Products at specialty bird product stores as well as lawn and garden retailers near you!

Read more →

Introducing Nature's Way Bird Products

What began almost 30 years ago as a learning experience for the owners’ children, grew into a lasting family hobby and deep appreciation for birding. Through the intervening years, the family learned valuable birding lessons and gained great personal experience. With 30 years of sales and marketing expertise under their belts paired with a true love of birding, research, prototypes, and field testing soon followed.  Consulting with independent store owners, park district naturalists, birders, and business professionals across the country, a new line of birdfeeders and birdhouses were developed, and Nature’s Way Bird Products was born!

Nature’s Way Bird Products currently has 15 patents and 7 trademarks pending that offer the most innovative designs and superior quality in the industry.  These include the Twist & Clean™ and  Even-Seed™ technologies featured in our Sunshine Series tube feeders; Fresh Seed™ trays featured in our Bamboo and Cedar Series feeders; and the Easy Fill & Clean™ Nectar Series feeders. 

Other innovations of Nature’s Way Bird Products include;

  • First bird products manufacturer to use durable solid Cross-Ply™ bamboo in birdfeeders and birdhouses for years of guaranteed strength and stability;
  • Slide Connect™ horizontal tube feeders to maximize vertical hanging space with multiple feeders;
  • Unique seed diverters in our wood feeders;
  • 6-sided tube feeders that have 30% - 50% more ports and allow for viewing more birds;
  • Ease-of-cleaning features in all of our birdfeeders and birdhouses.

Nature’s Way Bird Products’ birdhouses feature increased numbers of air vents, predator guards, fledgling skerfs, elevated mesh floors, as well as easy-open clean out doors.

Nature’s Way Birds Products is again an industry leader by backing their innovative products with the best warranties in the industry: Lifetime on the Sunshine Series and Nectar Series feeders; and the only warranties in the industry on wood feeders and houses, with 5 years on Cedar Series and 10 years on Bamboo Series.

Nature’s Way Bird Products’ innovative, industry-leading designs address the issues of the bird feeding community and the needs of the independent specialty store owners, consumers, and, most importantly, the birds!

Nature’s Way Bird Products’ birdhouses and birdfeeders are sold only through independent and small chain retailers across the country.  Retailers can purchase products directly from Nature’s Way Bird Products at www.natureswaybirds.com and a variety of distributors.  For more information about Nature’s Way Bird Products, go to their website or call 440-554-6166. 

Read more →

Why Bamboo?

We've been at this for nearly 30 years, enjoying the beauty and intrigue of birds in our own backyard.  We know first-hand the importance of high-quality materials for feeders and houses and that’s why bamboo was an obvious choice!  Bamboo is among the most durable and sustainable materials and we bring that quality to you through Nature’s Way Bird Products feeders and houses. 

Bamboo is strong and your feeders and houses will stand the tests of weather, rodents, insects and fire.  The tensile strength of solid Cross-ply™ bamboo is comparable to steel, and its’ crush strength is greater than concrete.  Solid Cross-Ply™ bamboo does not warp, swell, and shrink like most other woods and has superior resistance to backyard pests.

Bamboo is sustainable and you can feel good knowing you’ve purchased a feeder or house made of the most rapidly renewable resource on the planet.  Did you know that bamboo can be harvested every 4-6 years compared to a 40-60 year growth cycle for most hardwoods?  Plus a stand of bamboo can generate 200 poles in five years – the same length of time it takes one tree of a fast-growing hardwood species to grow big enough to cut down.

Bamboo is an environmentally sound choice.  Bamboo’s root structure and grass-like features stabilize the soil reducing erosion.  It retains water in the watershed while using little for growth, reduces runoff, sustains riverbanks, and helps mitigate water pollution due to its intake of nitrogen.  Because the original plant is not damaged when harvested, it can be replenished with virtually no impact to the environment – no tilling to replant and  little or no pesticides or fertilizers to grow.  In fact, when compared with an equivalent stand of trees, bamboo takes in 5 times the amount of greenhouse gases and produces 35% more oxygen.

Bamboo is an incredibly versatile material, having been used to make furniture, weapons, tools, water-bearing systems, building structures, clothing from the fibers, and as a food source.  It’s no wonder Nature’s Way Bird Products is using this ‘green’ product for our birdhouses and birdfeeders!

Bamboo is the most environmentally sound plant in the world – sustainable, cost effective, and ecologically responsible!

 

Read more →