Byer of Maine

Bird Houses & Feeders

For the Birds

Sleeping cots and bird feeders? It might seem like an unusual product lineup, but Byer of Maine makes it work.

The company was founded in 1880 as a textile maker and started producing folding cots during World War II. Making cots for the military, disaster relief organizations, and emergency shelters is still a core part of its business, but with company president Jay Shields at the helm, Byer of Maine has taken to sheltering our fine feathered friends, too. The company’s bird houses and feeders have clever
features and thoughtful configurations that naturally cater to the birds. At the same time, they have a distinctive, sculptural quality that adds something special to your outdoor living space.

Byer of Maine’s bird homes are made from mango wood. The wood is hand-turned by artisans and dried in kilns fueled by the mango wood shavings. Each home comes with drainage holes, to ensure the nest is dry during the rainy season, and a removable hatch for seasonal cleaning. The stoneware bird feeders are constructed with heavy duty porcelain and include an attached tray to catch fallen bird seed. Forged steel hooks make it easy to hang the feeders.

Is it artwork or shelter? These sculptural bird homes and feeders do double duty.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Jonah

    Hello Ladies and Gents, Today is my birthday and I'm excited to take my time to share with you all, Byer of Maine's unique Bird homes. Our Mango bird homes are made from recycled mango trees. Mango trees have an active life cycle of 10-15 yrs. and then they are harvested and new ones are planted. We take the harvested trees and produce these unique bird homes for you and the birds to enjoy. Remember, Byer Birding is always good to the Birds.

  • Carol
    3/8/2012 2:25 PM

    Very.beautiful and well priced too!

  •  jfaye
    10/20/2012 1:23 PM

    @Carol B

    Carol--I am one of so many who are becoming more aware of at what cost 'affordable' products come to us! The GREAT majority of what we can get for such relatively 'cheap' prices is at a greater cost of those forced to make the products and even if it is voluntary work, the hours are inhumane and the monies earned barely minimal to sustain life at all. It is horrific for those who are more likely to be slave labor for the manufacturing companies now resident in China!

    Here is a video that will enlighten all of us, but there is even a darker *secret* about the labor forces they accrue, but the reality in this video is enough to be very disturbing and should keep us all awake and very reluctant to enable such abuses to continue by our 'deal' hungry appetites!! It is extremely difficult to buy anything USA made--so we will, no doubt keep on being the 'force' behind a great suffering of our fellow-man/woman/children!

    Jonah, I can understand the dilemna you find yourself in, as well! We, as members of humanity and enterprise are in a no-win situation.

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    10/20/2012 1:26 PM

    @ jfaye

    PS--whereas the video and my comments are regarding China-made products, I think we all need to keep in mind, there is a strong possibility of abuse no matter what foreign country producing our products.

  • Carol
    3/8/2012 2:30 PM

    Are the bird houses and feeders made in the USA ?

  • Jonah
    Jonah – Special Guest
    3/8/2012 3:36 PM

    Thank you. The Mango Bird Homes are made in Thailand. Our Alcoyon collection is fine stoneware from Fujian Province China, a small city where quality stoneware has been a tradition since the 14th century.

  • Gene B.
    Gene B.
    3/8/2012 4:42 PM

    I might be interested if these were made in U.S.A.

  • Christie
    3/9/2012 2:40 PM

    They are beautiful but I like to buy USA products also...

  • suzanne
    4/19/2012 11:59 AM

    Does the bluebird house have a door for cleaning out the nest each season?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    4/19/2012 1:37 PM

    @Suzanne W: You can remove the top for seasonal cleaning. If you're not aware, you can find out how to clean the other bird homes in the DETAILS tab (under video) of the page where the Grommet is featured.

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