Birds, especially wild ones, are a good source of entertainment and peace. Who has ever hated hearing the amusing chirps of the birds in the evening? What’s even better is to see them hopping around your yard while you are in your patio, sipping your coffee and gearing yourself for a new day. The absolute charm of birds never fails to entice many homeowners to keep on placing items to attract them to visit their backyards every so often. If you are one of those who enjoy observing the beauty and amusement these little creatures give, one logical step is to put a birdbath in your yard. Birds can put up one fun show while they are bathing and drying off in various manners. Some can do the bathing timidly, while some can be gregarious.
1. The Depth of the Bathing Basin
Less than 3 inches; that should be the depth of the bathing basin. It should allow you to fill it with only 2 inches or 5 centimeters of water. Any deeper than that or you risk not having too many birds to enjoy and frequent your birdbath. Most songbirds prefer to hunker down in a depth that does not reach the bottom of their bellies.
2. The Surface of the Bottom of the Bathing Basin
You should get a birdbath with a bottom that has a rough surface. This is because several bird bath bottoms are usually too slick that they don’t provide secure footing for birds. This could be aggravated when a coat of algae forms on submerged surfaces. If you can’t find one that has a rough bottom surface, you can either use a sandpaper or hammer claws to rough it up before putting water on it. This applies to plastic basins only, though. Or you can put some textured materials such as sand, pebbles, stones, and concrete to provide sure footing.
3. Buying Tips
– Place your bath somewhere sunny, away from shrubs and trees, so birds can keep an eye out for the neighborhood cat or other predators
– Make sure that you place the birdbath somewhere it is visible and convenient for you. Your indoors views should be given consideration too
– Keep the birdbath close to a faucet for cleaning and refilling. Every 2-3 days in the summer, empty and scrub it to prevent the formation of algae and bacteria
– To keep the birds coming even during the winter, use birdbath heaters
– To attract more birds, provide something that will produce the sound of gently moving water. A simple dripping hose or an artificial waterfall can be very good sources of that little water music
– Ensure a constant supply of water or refill the birdbath consistently. When birds ran out of water source, they might go to dangerous places such as air conditioning units and even a pet water dish
– Don’t place birdbaths under perches or feeders. Droppings may fall into them that can cause the fouling of the water
4. The Fit of the Bird Bath on the Pedestal
If the basin does not fit securely on the pedestal, it will be subject to tipping by thirsty animals, i.e., raccoons, dogs, deer, or even bears. It would be a great hassle to keep on picking up an overturned birdbath every morning. It could even get broken.
5. Your Budget
You don’t have to break the bank in getting a birdbath. It should provide you cheap entertainment, not a pile of bills unpaid. Many furniture stores have bird baths that don’t pinch your wallet that much. Just shop around. It would be good to get a one-piece birdbath or attach the basin to the pedestal with a waterproof adhesive. You can also use weight to secure the base or simply sink it in the ground to avoid its getting tipped over.