Frosty Garden: Keeping Birdbath Free of Ice
In winter, wild birds enjoy feed and fresh water. But how does one manage to keep the birdbath free of ice during the winter?
If winter temperatures are above zero, it is not a big problem for wild birds to find water to drink. But even in late autumn and into March, nights and even days can be frosty, then the food and water for wild birds in the wild is very sparse. Freezing frost, freezing puddles, smaller ponds in the garden and streams, so There are no more drinking options for birds. Then it will be hard to find water. Eating the Birds Instead of drinking snow, this can lead to gastrointestinal diseases, as it does for us humans. An ice-free birdbath especially helps small wild birds to survive the winter.
The ideal birdbath is a large, gently sloping bowl, which in the best case has a small stone in the center for approach or seating. Flat sloping edges are ideal for birds of various sizes to use the potions well.
Methods to make the birdbath winter proof
Even in late autumn, ice often forms in the birdbath overnight. In winter, with severe frost, the birdbath will freeze over during the day after just a few hours.
The easiest way to keep a birdbath free of ice is lukewarm water. This must be refilled again and again. This method is therefore only suitable if you are at home anyway during the day.
A good do-it-yourself version, for a frost-free birdbath, is a construction with grave light. Long-burning grave candles are placed in a pot or plant stone for this purpose. Above that comes the pot. The heat from below ensures that the water does not freeze. If the candle is extinguished in the evening and lit again in the morning, it will last for over a week at best.
Of course, there are commercially available bird baths with hotplates that also provide ice-free water in winter.
Ideal location for the birdbath and noteworthy
If permafrost prevails, it makes sense to set up the birdbath as close to the house wall as possible and to keep it free of ice. In addition, the potions should be well accessible to birds and as inaccessible to cats as possible.
The water in the birdbath should be changed regularly. It makes sense to thoroughly clean the bowl once a day under hot water.
No one has to worry that the feathers of the birds will freeze when they come into contact with the warm water from the birdbath. The springs are extremely water repellent. Once shaken and puffed up, the plumage is completely dry again.