|this bird bath broke!|
|This one was stolen in Ottawa.|
It broke my heart.
My late parents gave us a beautiful one for a wedding present in 2002. It was stolen in June, 2004. I've had a plastic one, but it doesn't quite cut it.
You can buy shallow birdbaths, which have heaters built in, but I like the bigger one. I have the heater in the bottom, as well as a small water pump that circulates the water. Since we are anticipating -20 C. this week, we need something sturdy and deep. In summer I clean the heater well, and put it away.
|syphon works well|
I've used a plastic tube as a syphon, but you can buy gas syphons, which you must only use for the bird bath.
Also, scrub brushes are excellent. A long handle can be awkward, I like this kind.
You don't scrape your knuckles on the cement sides!
The heater failed, one year, and the entire bowl cracked. If I'd been vigilant, I would have spotted it earlier. In fact, this fall, the heater cord became unplugged, and it was beginning to freeze. I spotted it in time, as it didn't entirely freeze overnight.
|heater and water pump|
|It's important to clean it regularly in summer, too|
|A robin (it overwintered), and a mourning dove.|
|The heater failed.|
|3-pronged extensions chords,|
wrapped well with duct tape
Love the different birds at the bird bath!
I'd spotted the deer sucking up some water at the birdbath. The heater works well. I clean it regularly, thankfully!
Good thing I added water to the bird bath yesterday. Today I need to add more.