Many people who supply wild bird food also like to provide a bird bath. There are a huge variety of bird baths available to buy. These can add functionality to a garden as well as being very attractive, especially the sculptured and ornamental ones. Bird baths offer a safe environment for birds and other garden visitors to drink, clean their feathers and bathe.
Some examples of the types of bird baths on the market include rafts, wrap-around, antique and the more modern ceramic style. There really is something for every taste.
Before selecting a bird bath to buy, consider the following.
With so many different types of bird bath available, choose a design that complements the overall style of the garden. This will ensure it blends into the surroundings nicely.
Choose a material that works best for you and your needs.
Depth of Bowl
A good bird bath will provide a variety of depths for the birds using it. Different birds have different needs and preferences regarding water depth. A bath with a depth variation of about 1 to 4 inches is best. Choosing a bath with sloping sides can facilitate this. The surface will need to be rough in order to enable the birds to climb in and out easily.
As bird baths often become a focal point in a garden, it is important to choose a size appropriate to the dimensions of the available space. The type of birds you are hoping to attract will also have a bearing on the size of bird bath chosen. Some birds are solitary and like to bathe alone, while others, such as starlings, are sociable and like to bathe in groups and therefore require a larger bird bath in which to do so.
It is really important to keep bird baths clean. The simpler the design of bird bath, the easier it will be to keep the water fresh and the bath itself free from algae, bird droppings and other contaminants. Regular cleaning using diluted disinfectant and a stiff brush is effective. The bath should be emptied regularly and topped up with fresh water.
Different-sized birds have different preferences regarding the height of a bird bath. As a rule, bigger birds prefer to bathe closer to the ground than smaller ones.
Although it is nice to be able to see the birds easily, the bath should be positioned near protective cover such as shrubs and small trees ? this is not where you would place wild bird food, however. This ensures the birds are kept safe from nearby predators.