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Convert Baths into heated bird baths in winter

July 1, 2011
posted by birdhouse chick @ 9:41 pm

cool deck-mount baths that convert to heated bird bathsAs if it’s not hot enough outside, here’s one on heated bird baths.

Most of the newer materials used today for bird baths will accommodate heaters, converting them to heated bird baths. True, that in the dead of summer, nobody is really thinking about wild birds in winter, but this precious resource is sometimes scarce for our feathered friends.

A fresh water source  is a necessity for birds year-round, and Mother Nature can be just as brutal in winter as she is in sweltering summer months.

Accessories like bird bath drippers and water wigglers keep bath water from becoming stagnaa dripper can be swapped for heater in winter to create great heated bird bathsnt. They actually help keep water fresher by constant movement. This movement is also a visual magnet for birds! Take one cool bird bath, like this deck-mount mode above, and change accessories with seasons for maximum wild bird attraction!

swap heated bird baths for moving water

March 11, 2011
posted by birdhouse chick @ 11:00 pm

white crocus in bloom near the heated bird bathCrocus… the first sign that spring is just around the corner (here in the south anyway) have been popping up along with jonquils. Bluebirds are starting to scout nest boxes in hopes of attracting a mate. Yes, spring is almost here!

With this exciting birding season come the chores of a responsible backyard birder. Now is the time to check birdhouses for old nests, discard them and clean out the house for new visitors. Remove heated bird baths, or unplug and store the cord for the season.

Cleaning bird feeders is a good idea as well, it helps keep local bird populations healthy. This includes cleaning up fallen seed and ground waste. A simple solution of bleach and water (1:10 ratio) will do the trick nicely. A good scrub for both houses and feeders, rinsed thoroughly and set out to dry is a pretty standard seasonal cleaning.

Two of our baths have heaters for winter (the third one is built in). Heaters should be cleaned as well, removing lime and slime build-up before storing. Our heated bird baths will soon be extremely popular as they will offer moving water. Water wigglers and birdbath drippers will take the place of heaters for the next six or seven months. These are wildly popular with resident as well as migratory birds. Bath water stays fresher longer, and with moving water mosquitoes can not lay eggs.

Easily transform heated bird baths for the spring and summer seasons ahead.. your birds are ready for it!

removing the heater readies this bird bath for spring from heated bird bath to moving bird bath

heated bird baths…well worth the effort!

November 9, 2010
posted by birdhouse chick @ 1:35 am

classic cedar heated birdbathFrigid winters can be a tough time for wildlife…survival of the fittest is nature’s rule.

Not only do natural food sources dwindle, but shallow pools and ponds tend to freeze, leaving birds and other wildlife without a consistent water source. Some folks believe birds can just east snow to get water, and in part that’s true. But it takes them a tremendous amount of energy to actually convert the snow to water. Energy that could be better spent on staying warm. Birds, like other beings, obtain energy from calories, so this process ends up being a terrible waste of precious calories for wild birds’ metabolisms.

Offering heated bird baths will encourage some species to over-winter in your yard and immediate area. Bluebirds especially, will stick around if heated bath water is readily available. Ground baths are also a great idea, because birds’ naturally bathe at ground level. These heated bird baths can also be quite enticing for other wildlife too.

Innovative birdbath heaters will allow you to convert your favorite bath into a heated one. New materials that are safe for all types of birdbaths make it simple to do so. Even resin, or plastic baths can utilize these heaters, there are heated mats, resin-cased heaters and the very cool Heated Rock.heated mat is safe for all birdbaths

This winter, consider adding heated bird baths to your landscape, or purchasing a bath heater for your existing birdbath. You’ll help feathered friends thrive and flourish during frigid temperatures, plus catch some quality bird-watching time!

Quick Preparations are like a face lift for bird baths

November 3, 2010
posted by birdhouse chick @ 7:33 pm

bird bath with water wigglerGeorgia weather can be so finicky, we usually get cheated out of any decent spring and fall weather. With the last few days in the 70’s and nights around 50 degrees, a cold snap is headed our way. Predicted low temperatures are below freezing starting tomorrow night, until of course, we are back in the 70’s again next week.

There are several bird baths in the yard, (no – make that too many bird baths in the yard) that won’t fare well in freezing temperatures. The concrete pedestal bath for one, along with the ceramic pedestal bath will definitely crack. The plastic ground bath with the dripper will do the same.

I never really understood how folks could just dump the water and turn their bird baths over for winter? Fresh water is a critical element for birds’ winter survival. When temperatures drop below freezing, most shallow pools and ponds tend to freeze, leaving many wild birds no immediate water source.

In lieu of the nearing cold snap, tomorrow’s chores include winter preparations for feathered friends, almost a bird bath face lift if you will. Removing summer bath copper dripper in a bird bathaccessories like water wigglers (shown above) and drippers like this one, and adding heaters to the baths will keep birds flocking and happy! The deck-mounted bath conceals its heater inside, so it just needs to be plugged in…yay!

Adding heaters to your existing bird baths is one of the best ways to keep birds around. Last year our Eastern Bluebirds over-wintered, staying around through one of the nastiest winters on record.

Help feathered friends to thrive and flourish during frigid winter weather by creating a wildlife-friendly habitat with a consistent fresh water source, food and shelter.

Heated Bird Baths Allow Some Birds to Over-Winter

September 1, 2010
posted by birdhouse chick @ 9:59 pm

Classic Cedar Heated Bird BathWith the end of summer, so comes the migration south for many song birds. A few favorites may stick around if their habitat suits them well enough. Bluebirds in my yard for example, surprised me last year when they decided to over-winter. Probably because of the juicy live worms they were offered everyday, and mostly because of the heated bird baths in the yard. This season we had three successful broods!

Heated bird baths really are important to wild birds. As temperatures drop and local water sources tend to freeze over, the baths offer an oasis for drinking and bathing. Clean feathers are a must for birds to stay warm too. When you see them “puff up” it is a mechanism they use to retain body heat. Some folks believe birds can eat snow for water, and they can, but it takes them many calories to convert the snow to water. And these are precious calories needed to just stay warm.

If you already have a favorite bath, please don’t empty it and turn it over for winter. Consider adding a heater or deicer to it for the birds. They need fresh water in winter just as much as hot summThe Rock Birdbath Heater with Thermostater months. Many of the newer heaters are safe for use with all bird baths, so there’s no worry about having a metal heater in a plastic or resin bath. The Heated Rock for example, is an innovative new heater that’s safe with all types of baths. Mat-type heaters can be used with all baths as well.

Help birds to thrive and flourish this winter by offering a consistent fresh water source with heated bird baths. You never know who may surprise you and decide to stick around?

Heated Bird Baths Do The Trick!

July 15, 2010
posted by birdhouse chick @ 9:52 pm

A heated bath in summer?

An investment in a birdbath is well worth the visitors it will bring to your yard. If you’re thinking of a new one to replace the old chipped concrete one …or even your first one…consider heated bird baths if your winters are freezing. Just as important in sweltering summer heat, a constant fresh water source is crucial to birds when temperatures freeze. Many folks believe birds eat snow for water (and they can) but it’s very difficult for them to metabolize and burns precious calories needed to stay warm. Shallow ponds will also tend to freeze over when temperatures drop below 32 degrees, and this renders a consistent and reliable water source useless for birds.

Remember, the heater does not need to run to use the bath year-round. In our yard there are 3 heated bird baths running throughout winter. This is part of the reason our bluebirds stuck around all year. Likely it was the live meal worms that were the big attraction, but these baths ensured fresh water daily regardless of the weather.

Best Winter Bird Tip: Heated Bird Bath

November 7, 2009
posted by birdhouse chick @ 10:09 pm

heated bird bathThe Number One Winter Bird Tip!

Attracting wild birds through changing seasons sometimes requires us to adapt birding accessories to those seasons. For instance, in the heat of summer, high fat suet melts easily and turns rancid quickly, so it’s not ideal for summer, although packed with calories and great for winter feeding! During freezing winter temperatures, the shallow water in bird baths will freeze over, rendering them useless.

Regardless of climate, a  fresh water source is always the most effective way to attract more species of wild birds. Aside from birdhouses and bird feeders, water will always complete a bird-friendly habitat. In colder climates during winter months, a heated bird bath is without a doubt, the number way to experience more sightings of different species for the ultimate backyard birding experience!

Heated Bird Baths for Year Round Use

November 6, 2009
posted by birdhouse chick @ 10:44 am

heated bird baths

One of the most effective ways to attract more birds is with fresh water!

Get more wild birds flocking to your yard with fresh water. The necessity for this resource each and every season is so important that you’re guaranteed to to see species that never even visit your bird feeders! Strategically placed, a good bird bath is an advantage to any backyard birder’s viewing experience, not to mention their feathered friends. Birds tend to bathe naturally close to the ground, but with predators lurking, a raised water source is a better choice. Also, a bath placed near trees or shrubs provides quick cover from raptors as well, birds tend to hop on a nearby branch to preen in higher safety.

A bath that sees freezing winter temperatures will be rendered useless with it’s shallow water unless a heater or deicer is used. Many birdbaths are available with concealed heaters for a neater, more streamlined look in your environment. Heated bird baths will provide a fresh water source year-round, allowing you to attract the most species, simply and economically. Instead of ten different feeders, try a bird bath or two, and enjoy the show!

Turn any Bath into a Heated Bird Bath

August 15, 2009
posted by birdhouse chick @ 12:05 am

heated bird bath

This funny looking little gadget can have a huge impact for wild birds’ survival during frigid winter months. When most bird baths are rendered useless by freezing temperatures, so are shallow ponds and most small water sources.  Water is critical for birds’ survival throughout winter months.

With the Heated Rock Birdbath Deicer, you can turn any bath into a heated birdbath. Provide an oasis for wild birds in tough winter months by fulfilling this critical need for a fresh water source.  You’ll be helping to create wildlife friendly habitat for your feathered friends.

Compact Heated Bird Baths—Bang for Your Buck!

August 13, 2009
posted by birdhouse chick @ 11:37 pm

heated bird baths

Even though some of us may only have limited space for backyard birding activities, there are a few innovative items sure to maximize that small space.  Bird baths for example, are a great way to attract more species of wild birds, some who may not even frequent birdhouses or feeders.  If you live in an area that sees freezing winter temperatures…heated bird baths make the most sense.  Deck mount bird baths are perfect for the tiniest decks and even apartments with balconies.

During frigid winter months, many folks will stop using birdbaths.  But what about the birds?  Think about it, they still need water to drink and bathe so feathers work properly.  When most baths are rendered useless by freezing temps, birds must work harder and fly farther in search of fresh water.

This is why heated baths make more sense, they’re available for birds to use year-round, and with a single purchase, you’ll have a summer time, and critical winter fresh water source for feathered friends!