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Bird Baths

Cedar Waxwing Bird Bath: Elise Blosser

Birds love bird baths so they are a great way to put out the welcome mat for your favorite wildlife species. All you need is a Bird bath, Cleaning brush, Water (hose, faucet or watering can)

Buy or make a bird bath.

You can purchase a pre-made bird bath or make your own. You can also place large plant saucers or ceramic bowls on tree stumps, logs or on large plant pots (filled with soil for more stability). If you have an artistic nature or kids looking for a craft, painting ceramic plant pots is a fun activity.

Make your bath accessible to small birds.

To entice small birds to jump in, a bath should be no more than 3 inches deep. To allow birds to get a foothold while bathing, the interior surface should be textured. If you have a container that is a little too deep and too slippery, line the bottom with gravel or stones.

Set up your bath near shrubs or trees.

Whether you place them on bases or directly on the ground, select locations where birds can have easy access to cover in order to avoid cats and other predators.

Keep your bird bath ice-free in winter.

You can invest in an electric heater designed for the purpose (some shut off automatically during the higher day temperatures). If you have time to check your bird bath in the morning, you can move the bird baths into your garage until they melt and rotate them with baths filled with water.

Clean bird baths in warm weather.

In order to keep the water fresh and healthy for birds, you need to clean them regularly in summer. This involves scrubbing out any bird droppings and algae. It’s important to change standing water regularly also because you don’t want to provide mosquito breeding habitat.