Birdbath

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the birds never use my outdoor birdbath. Do you have any suggestions?
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  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) on Sep 05, 2013
    @Barb Rosen might have an idea or two!

  • Is your birdbath really deep? I have found that birds do not like deep bird baths. Maybe put some colored rocks in the bottom to see if that changes things. You may also try placing it among the plants in your flower beds?

  • Also make sure the water is always really clean. Birds are fussy:)

  • Coco Tree Service Corp Coco Tree Service Corp on Sep 06, 2013
    There are several possible explanations. Birds use the bird bath to condition and clean their feathers, and to prepare them for preening (grooming and arranging them.)The climate may influence them to avoid wetting their feathers: 1. In a dry climate, where a bird gets dusty, wetting the feathers gets them muddy and sticky. 2. In a wet climate, the birds may be trying to dry their feathers. It may be that the birds have alternatives that are more attractive than your bird bath, either: 1. other places where they can get water on their feathers, or 2. they may be taking dust baths to wipe away grease or parasites. Location may be a factor. Birds sometimes avoid bathing in a location where their view of approaching predators might be obscured, or locations where a predator could lie in wait.

  • Christine P Christine P on Sep 07, 2013
    Birds are attracted to moving water. Get a water wiggler from Duncraft. Also, they need to feel safe, so if your birdbath is out in the open with no trees or shrubs nearby where they can fly to if they are scared, then they won't use it. Put the bath near a tree or shrub.

  • Holly Phipps Holly Phipps on Sep 07, 2013
    Birds love the birdbath clean and sparkling, I always use bottled watered and they come everyday, as long as it is clean. I added shiny rocks to the bottom of mine, and placed potted plants and a small potted tree next to it, they enjoy have a place to jump from and to. Happy birding <3

  • Carole Carole on Sep 07, 2013
    How long have you had the bird bath? We put one in our back garden and the birds did not use it at all. About 6 months later, we moved the birdbath to the front garden. Still nothing. It took them about 8 months to see it as a source of water and start using it. So if you have not had it long, don't despair. Also, placement of the birdbath. Are there trees, telephone poles, fencing or something high that the birds can retreat to if they feel threatened (for example are there cats or dogs in the area?). If there is somewhere high they can get to easily to escape, they are more likely to feel comfortable using it. Shape and size of the birdbath - they only need shallow water - like someone else already mentioned - too deep and they are afraid to use it. If it is deep, do as someone else mentioned and put a clean rock or something in the water for the smaller birds to stand on. Have patience, the birds can be a bit slow on the uptake. We also had a bird feeder for several months before the birds dared use it. Good luck!

  • Patricia Martin Patricia Martin on Sep 07, 2013
    I have birdfeeder that cracked and wouldn't hold water. I planted it with succulents and added some nice rocks and a small gnome statue. It looks great!