Monday, August 31, 2009

Birdbath Ideas

From Sialis

A birdbath or mister can be a great way to help birds beat the heat. Birds enjoy birdbaths or shallow ponds. Birdbaths should be no more than 3" deep, with gently sloping sides, and a rough surface to provide good footing.

Remember to change the water every few days to keep it fresh. A birdbath may be placed on the ground or on a pedestal. It should be 15 feet away from shrubs or trees where cats may hide, but provide a perch nearby. Any creek, springs or wetlands on your property should be preserved for wildlife.

A heated birdbath will provide water all through the winter, but expect an increase in your electric bill. You can also use a heated dog food bowl (less expensive than a heated birdbath) with pebbles in the bottom to keep it shallow. Visit the website for more info.

I love the heated dog food bowl idea! Makes heated birdbaths a bit more affordable.

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