Birding cardinal at bird bath

Published on November 11th, 2013 | by Backyards Made Better

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Winter Bird Bath Tips



Through a few years of experience, we’ve found the real trick to attracting all kinds of interesting birds in the winter.  It might not be what you think.

It doesn’t have anything to do with food, although that’s an important consideration.  It involves another necessity that can be hard to come by when things get really cold.

The attraction is water.

Birds get thirsty in cold weather too.  So we like to keep a bird bath running all year long.

As with any time of year, it’s important to keep the bath basin clean, but along with that,  you want to take a few steps to make sure the water doesn’t freeze solid.

In moderately cold temperatures a simple water agitator will do the trick.  However when things get well below freezing, you’ll want to place a bird bath heater in the water to keep it open.  Optionally you could use a fully heated bird bath as well. In our experience, these have worked great, even on the coldest days of the year.

These two options are the simplest and safest ways to keep the water open in winter.  Never add anything else to the water itself to keep it from freezing, as it may not be safe for the birds to drink.

Photo credit: Bird and Blooms



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