Bird Bath Heater: The state of Maryland like much of the United States has experienced extreme cold. Lots of birds have been visiting my birdbaths and feeders. Birds are attracted to a Bird Bath Heater even when the surrounding environment is frigid and its fine to include cats and squirrels too. Finding a place to have a drink seems to be everyone’s top priority. Choosing a high-quality Bird Bath Heater and keeping it clean will attract and retain bird visitors.
This Bird Bath Heater is in a less desirable location, so most birds go to one of the alternatives instead. However the other baths are left alone a little bit more often since cats and squirrels are more likely to utilize this one. A second one of them had been sitting on a little table on my front porch, where it attracted a lot of birds, until this year.
This past spring, however upgraded the makeshift birdbath in question to a commercially available, tall birdbath with beautiful accents. To combat the ice, de-icer must be added. In order to reach this Bird Bath Heater which is located more away from the house to buy an even more substantial landscaping outside extension cord.
Professional Heated Birdbath
A professional Bird Bath Heater is the Erva Clamp Mount Heated Bird Bath. This one is designed to be placed on a front porch and features a heater embedded into the birdbath’s basin. Birds of varying sizes may enjoy this Bird Bath Heater because of its modest depth less than 2 inches. It’s also a popular beverage. However, because of its shallowness, it requires frequent topping up, particularly during the colder months.
Tips for Taking Care of Birdbath Heaters
When it’s very chilly outside have to add warm water to the Bird Bath Heater every day. It’s partially due to the sheer number of species using it as a water source. However dry air of winter may also be contributing by drawing moisture out of the atmosphere. Temperatures as low as 3 degrees Fahrenheit were recorded this past week. Even when the water is at normal temperature sometimes see wisps of steam rising from it after it has been filled. The appearance of heat deceives it is not really that hot. What you’re hearing is probably just water vapor rising into the air after being wiped.
Fill Up the Heated Birdbaths
A de-icer, whether standalone or integrated, will have a hard time unfreezing a partially filled bathtub in extreme weather. The water in the tub may not be deep enough to submerge a separate de-icer like the one seen below and protect it from freezing over. Shallow water distant from the de-icer is more likely to freeze. To remedy this, just pour in additional liquid. The ice will eventually return to melting.
To Retain Adequate Water in the Bath
In order to retain adequate water in the bath, it may be deep enough for bigger birds to bathe in, but too deep for the tiniest birds. Possibly they will just use it for drinking and not bathing. In the winter can’t use the hoses fill the birdbaths with water from a huge plastic pitcher. Low water levels and extreme cold may cause the margins of a de-icer built into a bath like the deck-mounted spa pictured above to freeze. The central body of water has maintained its clarity. Again, if you fill the tub all the way up, the water won’t become cold enough to freeze.
Using Electric Bird Bath Heaters
In the colder months keep three different kinds of Bird Bath Heater warm. With a non-heated birdbath use a dedicated de-icer. First put this de-icer to work in a makeshift plant saucer birdbath. A 20-foot Master Electrician vinyl landscape outdoor extension cable and a Hot Heads water-resistant cord cover were added to the setup to compensate for the 10-foot length of the original de-ice wire.
Electrician Install a Ground Fault Circuit
Even if the weather warms up on a winter day, the water in this de-ice will not boil because of the thermostat. If you don’t already have one, you should have an electrician install a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter in every outdoor electrical outlet. After two years of usage, my first de-ice finally gave out at the start of this winter season. However, I like using it so much that I immediately went to Mother Natures a local birding shop to buy a replacement.
Installing a Birdbath’s Wiring Properly
Just like de-ice, the Erva deck mount bath I purchased has a very short chord and requires an outside electrical outlet equipped with a round Fault Circuit Interrupter. The distance to the outlet is just around eight feet, yet I still needed to use an outside extension cable. A cord cover, much to the one I used for the connection connecting de-ice to the Bird Bath Heater safeguards the junction between the two cords.
Regularly Maintaining Heated Bird Baths
In the colder months, I have to clean the Bird Bath Heater more often because of all the use they get. Once I’ve dumped out the old water use a good birdbath brush to give the whole thing a brisk clean and empty it and fill it back up again. It takes no more than a couple of minutes twice a day.
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