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Man designs innovative bird feeder for the sick

Imagine being able to sit within arms reach of a wild bird while it eats completely oblivious to your presence.

This interesting concept is becoming a reality after one man from Massachusetts has started a company selling unique feeders. Although anyone could buy these cool bird feeders, they are ideal for those who are bedridden or have to be indoors all day, but would love the opportunity to become familiar with nature.

Essentially, the bird feeder is installed into an opened window similar to a window air conditioner. You can put seed into the feeder from the inside of the house, so you never have to go outside. Then, birds fly into the feeder and eat the seed. The great part about the feeder is that you’re able to get really close because there is a reflective film facing into the house. That means someone from the inside could watch the birds from a few inches away without the birds knowing anyone’s there.

According to an article in the Sentinel and Enterprise, Mike Law started making these types of bird feeders as a hobby to make a few extra dollars with his company NorEaster Tough In-House Bird Feeders. However, he was given a new perspective on his idea after someone gave Pam Ferguson’s bedridden son, Bobby, a bird feeder. After being unable to go outside to enjoy nature for the past five years, he was able to have another thing to entertain him.

The article states that Ferguson and her son watch birds fly in together and then identify the birds on the Internet.

The heartwarming story didn’t stop there either. Ferguson eventually persuaded her employers at an assisted living house to buy one for the patients suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. They absolutely loved the bird feeder.

Part of the major appeal of the bird feeder is that it doesn’t require you to go outside to refill it or see the birds. They literally fly into the room with you and give you an entirely new perspective.

Law is hoping that he can connect with charities to bring his creation to people with illnesses that keep them inside for long periods of time.

If you’re looking for bird feeders similar to this style, check out our collection of window feeders. Another way to get up close to birds without having to interfere with their natural behavior is to get a birdcam and place it in a bird feeder and birdhouse.

Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.


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  2. Have been searching your website looking for prices, and don’t see any. This would be ideal for me as I have been a bird watcher all my life, and now, have emphysema. This makes it difficult, and at times impossible for me to maintain a feeder outside. I don’t like to feed them (off & on) as I know they get dependant on me. I also have an autistic grandson who spends a good deal of time with me and enjoys the birds as well. I am also a Lancaster resident, and have been by your house and seen the feeders first hand. I know one of my sons wants to get me one for Christmas, but we would like to know the estimated price. Thank you, and Happy Holidays. Sue Lawson

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