“Water is the driving force of all nature.” — Leonardo da Vinci
You love watching the birds in your yard, but how do you get them to stay all winter long? During the coldest months of the year, an open source of water is invaluable for birds.
Once temperatures reach freezing, heated birdbaths “heat up” the water to above freezing and prevent your water from freezing solid or icing over. Provide your birds with the water they need to drink and preen their feathers in a heated bath this winter.
How do you choose the right heated birdbath?
Heated birdbaths come in all shapes and styles. Many of these designs are thermostatically controlled to conserve energy. Generally speaking, there are three different types of heated baths, including ground, pedestal or deck.
Each style provides different conveniences. For example, the ground heated bath is either placed directly on the ground or stands several inches above the ground. This heated bath is at a height where most birds and wildlife can drink from “the watering hole,” including ground-feeding birds and juncos. Due to the nature of heated birdbaths, even when placed directly on the ground, the bath will not become covered by snow. The above-freezing temperature of the water dissolves the snow that lands on the open water, allowing birds and wildlife to drink as needed.
The pedestal version, or standing, heated birdbath stands at varying heights, including several feet tall above the ground. When perched around the top of the basin, birds can see predators approaching before successfully making a quick escape.
Deck-mounted baths are great for watching birds up close from the comfort of your own house. By placing the heated birdbath on your deck railing, only a few steps from your doorway, it’s easy to access and add water even when there’s a foot of snow on the ground. Several deck models are available that tip to the side for easy cleaning. Depending on your setup at home, the birdbath may even mount to your second story deck for watching the birds throughout your day.
With an open source of water available for drinking and preening, your birds have an increased chance for survival this winter. Shop heated birdbaths, heaters for your existing bath and birdbath accessories today at duncraft.com.
“Water is life, and clean water means health.” — Audrey Hepburn
Interested in learning more about heated birdbaths? Read the article “Offer Ice-Free Water in Winter” on the Duncraft Wild Bird Blog.
Written by Dawn Coutu
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“Search Results: Water,” Brainy Quote. Dec. 5, 2018. <https://www.brainyquote.com/search_results?q=water>.