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    Convert Baths into heated bird baths in winter

    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!

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    swap heated bird baths for moving water

    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

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    Add moving water to bird baths

    Water wigglers in bird baths create moving water The absolute best way to entice feathered friends is with water. Fresh water will attract birds who may never use a birdhouse or even visit your feeders. Bird baths have got to be the single most effective way to get more species visiting your yard.

    And if water does the trick so well, think about moving water in your bird baths. It’s an absolute visual magnet for wild birds! If you’re lucky enough to have a pond with fountain or waterfall, or live on a creek, you already know the difference water makes in terms of wildlife-friendly habitat. But if your landscape is dry (like most of us) there are lots of ways to create this moving water. Drippers and water wigglers are wildly popular additions for bird baths, simply because of the all the action they bring. Leaf misters are another great way to create moving water – hummingbirds and especially butterflies love the gentle spray.chickdees at a bird bath with copper dripper

    Here’s a net trick to make bird baths much more enticing, without spending any money at all! This works best with pedestal bird baths, but may also be adapted for hanging or ground bird baths as well. The bath needs to sit under a tree, as the source of slowly dripping water will come from above. Take a gallon milk jug and poke a pin hole in the lower corner, or bottom. Fill the jug with fresh water and tie it to a sturdy branch that’s at least 3 to 5 feet above the bath. Step away and watch the slow dripping create a visual magnet for your feathered friends! One gallon leaking through a pin hole should last at least 10 days before a refill is needed. The moving water really does attract more birds, plus mosquitoes can not lay eggs in moving water. A great project to try out for spring and summer… Happy Birding!hand crafted ceramic pedestal bird bath