The DIY Bird Bath is a great way to encourage more birds into your backyard. I’ve been on a mission to turn my yard into a haven for the bird lovers who’ve escaped the cramped urban atmosphere.
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When I first started talking about building my own DIY Bird Bath, I couldn’t find any good ideas. There were lots of great things I wanted, but very few suggestions for where to start. So I decided to make one for myself and get some opinions.
There are several types of birdbaths. One type is large enough to allow the water to drip all over the sides. It seems like an obvious idea. I have a large yard, so this worked out best for me. Tubs with tiles in them seemed like the best for me. With the tile edges sloping inward towards the bottom, it keeps the water from sitting in a puddle on the floor. That means more water for the birds.
There are also tubs that look like troughs with lids. These are a lot of fun to play with. Some people like to fill the center with sand or pebbles and let the birds fly right in. Other people like to fill them with gravel to make it softer for the birds to land on.
There is a small hole in the center of the DIY Bird Bath that the bird can use to enter. I didn’t realize how important this was. I’ve seen lots of birds landing on the ground and not getting out. This is especially true when the temperature drops.
Any DIY Bird Bath that will support gravel and sand must be made up of a liner. This will prevent the birds from trying to take the grains of sand and the water from cascading over them. Lining the water supply isn’t hard. You just need a piece of plywood cut to fit over the opening and some of the liners placed over that.
If you’re going to line the water supply, you must also set up an overflow. A plastic pipe is placed inside the tub and runs down the side to the overflow. A square piece of plywood is then set up over the overflow and fitted into the opening in the center of the tub. The pump is then installed and the pump, drain pan, and filter are fitted over the plywood.
You can now fill the DIY Bird Bath. If you’ve set up the overflow as described above, you should be able to add the water and sand together and let the birds come to it. I like to add a little sand at the bottom of the tub to encourage the birds to settle down there and wait for the water to subside. This is a lot of fun to watch.
They’ll settle their bodies and feathers and wait for their wings to flutter a bit before getting out of the water. I’ve noticed that the birds seem to hang around in that spot for quite a while. The birdbath gives them shelter and protection from the elements.
After the birds have settled, it’s time to add some wood shavings to the DIY Bird Bath. This will encourage the birds to stay in the area and the splinters from the shavings to help the birds and other wildlife to avoid getting sick. I’ve found that a lot of people like the DIY Bird Bath because they get to do something for the birds. It’s something you can do alone, or with family and friends, without getting heavy-duty chemicals into the soil.