Water for Birds
- Birds need water for drinking and many bathe in water.
- Keep the water fresh and clean.
- Containers should be shallow, 2-3" deep, with sloping sides and a rough or textured surface.
- Large plastic and clay plant saucers make inexpensive bird baths.
- Containers placed on the ground will attract birds that won't use a birdbath on a pedestal.
- Rocks placed in the bottom of the container will give the birds a place to perch and can provide different depths for different birds.
- Place the bath about 10 feet from protective cover. Close enough for wet birds to quickly fly to safety and far enough away to keep predators from lurking.
- Many birds find dripping water very attractive. A dripping water hose or water-filled jug with a small hole in the bottom hung above the water are practical alternatives to commercial drippers.
- Many birds also enjoy misters.
- Small ponds are good water sources but may need the addition of stones or other modifications to allow birds to take full advantage of them.
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