Even though autumn is upon us, it is still a good time to add a bird bath to any yard. Water is essential for birds to drink, especially in the winter. Plus birds bathe year round as part of the preening process to maintain good feather health. So it was only natural, after hanging bird feeders, that we wanted to include a birdbath for our feathered friends.
To get started, we looked around for deals and ways to keep costs as low as possible. We were fortunate to be gifted a lovely platter from a member of our local BuyNothing Facebook group. Then luck struck again as we were able to get a flawed post from a kitchen remodel. Since the post was painted for indoor use, I had to paint it with outdoor paint. Therefore, the only thing we purchased was a can of spray paint for $3.96!
Outdoor Spray Paint
A large rock
- If your post has not been treated for the outdoors, paint it with an outdoor paint.
- Once the post has dried, you can glue it to the platter. To do so, turn the platter upside down in a location where it can stay, undisturbed, for 24 hours. Generously cover one end of the post with Gorilla Glue. Set the post down on to the center of the platter. Let it dry in this upside-down position for 24 hours.
- After the platter is set in place, you can put your new birdbath in the ground. I put gravel it the hole around the post before covering with dirt. This is to help hold the birdbath upright.
- Fill the platter with only an inch or two of water. You do not want it to be too deep. You may choose to put a large rock in the center of the bowl. This gives small birds a place to rest.
Where To Place Your Birdbath
When choosing a location for your new birdbath find a location with some shade. This will help prevent algae growth. Another tip to keep algae at bay, is to make a wish and toss a few pennies in. Copper suppresses the growth of algae. Best are pennies from before 1982 as they have a higher percentage of copper.
How To Care For Your Birdbath
It is important to maintain fresh water in your birdbath. This is not only for the health of the visiting birds, but also to prevent mosquitoes. With our birdbath the bowl does not come off the post; therefore, the old water can be scooped out or flushed out with a hose. Then refill with fresh water.
Occasionally, you may need to scrub the bowl. Do not use synthetic soaps and cleansers as they may be harmful to the birds and plants growing around the bath. Instead use one part vinegar to nine parts water.
It may take a few days for the birds to warm up to the new birdbath. But in time you will have a front row seat, watching the joy it brings to them.
Find beauty in the everyday.