How do you attract birds during the winter? Of course, water is the answer. Open water sources become way more difficult for thirsty birds in the cold winter months. Being able to provide water in the winter may be considered even more important than in the summer. In fact, you can not underestimate the value of providing this necessary resource to birds in the winter.
Most bird lovers relish in placing feeders and baths out in their backyards, even offering a variety of different kinds of seeds. Even the most experienced of bird watchers may not understand the need to add a bird bath heater for cold seasons.
Did you know much of a bird’s energy is used up searching out water sources in winter? By adding a heated water source you are doing a great service to the birds as a bird lover. Not only this, you will attract a wide variety of birds, even uncommon ones, to your bird bath heater. This is a good way to introduce new birds to a new feeding environment as well.
There are two options available for helping with a good supply of fresh water for your bird bath feeders, let’s take a look at the best bird bath heaters.
De-Icers as Bird Bath Heaters
To keep water supply open and easy to access for your birds during the winter months is simply to add a de-icer to your existing bird bath. Be sure your bird bath is approved for a de-icing capability, as not all are equipped for this feature. Concrete should never have any water in it. Other materials can crack with expansion or contraction. If you are unsure, consider the options below for an all-in-one bird bath heater.
This ice eliminator is a best seller due to the solid aluminum housing which will keep the unit from being pulled out of the birdbath. Designed to look like an attractive flat rock, it will blend into any birdbath naturally. The big deal about this ice eliminator is it won’t burn or melt any birdbaths, or start a fire if pulled from the bird bath accidently. Other features include it being rust-free and it will not leave stains anywhere in your birdbath.
You can get the K&H Ice Eliminator in either a 50 watt or 80 watt for larger birdbaths. These products are MET safety listed and come with a three year warranty. You can’t beat the price at $26.00. K& H makes many other ice eliminators, some which are submersible and some are floatables.
This is an ice eliminator which is constructed of cast aluminum and also finished to resemble a decorative rock. Thermostatically controlled, it only operates when necessary. The maximum output is 75 watts, making it a safe choice for all birdbaths. At $36.43, it is a solid economical choice for an already existing birdbath which requires just a simple heater to keep water from freezing.
The quintessential thing to remember about bird bath heaters is you are going to need a power source. Most new homes offer an already installed GFCI on the outside of the house (the ‘plug in’ used for outside electrical tools). If your home isn’t equipped with one of these, they are fairly inexpensive and every home should have one regardless.
All in One Bird Bath Heaters
The next best way to keep fresh water available for birds in the winter is providing a complete bird bath heater unit. The heating element is built directly into the bowl. This is super convenient when winter arrives, and you don’t have to keep checking on the status of your water in the birdbath.
There are a variety of these types of all-in-ones available. Some clip right onto your deck or fence, and others take on a more traditional pedestal style.
Although this is a bird bath heater you have to assemble lightly, it is amazingly well put together with a 60 watt thermostatically controlled and insulated heating element which is sealed inside.
The beautiful double ring heater operates down to -200 F. The birdbath is 1-3/8” deep and 14-1/4”in diameter, making it eye-pleasing as well as a life-saver for winter’s thirsty birds. The electric cord is hidden safely in the hollow post and there are 4 hold-down stakes.
Refill the bath at least once a day. This is a great find at only $101.99
Another great Songbird product is the attachable bird bath with heater. It is smartly versatile with 3 mounting options: clamp mount, ground use or deck mount. There is a built-in 75 watt heater which will keep the water from freezing until -10 degrees Fahrenheit.
The cord will tuck away during the warm weather months. This versatile bird bath will hold over a quart of water, keeping the shallow level safe for the birds. At $57.40, this popular bird bath all-in-one remains high in demand on Amazon.
Remember, some of even the best bird lovers are unaware of how important it is to have a heated bird bath/water source for their feathered friends in the winter. These make perfect gifts for the bird lover.