The truth is, whether we’re aware or not, feeding birds is about two things:
In recent years, many studies (easily Google-able) demonstrate over and over how even the smallest interaction with nature is beneficial for our physical and emotional wellness.
They show us that even when we CAN’T get outside, observing LIVING things through a window has a positive impact on our well-being. Over time these contacts with nature help us:
- Reduce stress
- Feel calmer
- Sleep better
- Improve our mood
- Become more mindful
But those aren’t even the best reason a bird feeder is a uniquely thoughtful gift; it’s the generational connection this gift sparks that makes it something special.
Almost EVERYone who feeds birds attribute their start to a family member or close friend. And I can add, unscientifically, that over 25 years and the tons of calls, letters, and, exactly ONE person said that “one day [he] just decided to get a bird feeder.” Literally EVERY other Why -I-Started-Feeding-Birds story (and we’ve heard a LOT of ‘em) begins with a memory of someone close to their heart.
THAT, in a nutshell, is why the suggestion of a bird feeder makes sense for your Grandpa, EVEN if he doesn’t seem like a bird guy. It’ll create a special connection between the two of you that will very likely be passed on to your kid, or spouse, or friend.
The simple pleasure comes from the fact that it’s a gift that shares ‘life.’ And life is always changing. The seasons and species, times of the day, outside conditions, it’s a constantly evolving environment that catches your attention with different colors, varying shapes and crazy sounds.
Even if you don’t think birds seem interesting, I can tell you it’s nearly IMPOSSIBLE to catch a glimpse of one on your feeder outside your window and not stop for a second to ‘look up.’ And that’s when the magic of feeding birds.
But since this is a gift (and who wants one that comes with CHORES?), I recommend our Bird & Breakfast; here’s why:
- It’s the only platform feeder* that comes assembled, in a cute package and is complete with everything needed to hang immediately.
- It does NOT require extra equipment (e.g.scoops, funnels, seed storage bin, etc) to use.
- NO cleaning required! Fresh refill trays keep it healthier for birds and WAY easier for people. The sturdy feeder will last for years, in any season.
- It comes with four Eń-Trays that can be stored, like TV dinners, in the freezer for use at will.
Our Social Mission
I started this business with my sister in 1995, selling a bird feeder our Dad invented. All our products are built in Lebanon, Indiana in partnership with The Arc of Greater Boone County.
The Arc is a community agency that, among other services, finds work for people with intellectual and physical disabilities. On their own, our self-described team of “badasses gettin’ the job done” would inspire anyone.
Ours is a remarkable partnership that leverages WORK, not charity, to help each other reach our goals; and it’s our proudest achievement
*Platform feeders are the most popular bird feeder type; they attract lots of different birds with less obstructed views.