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Tips for making your birdbath more appealing

Setting up a source of water in your yard along with a bird feeder and a birdhouse are essential for attracting birds. Birds love water because it allows them to preen their feathers and rehydrate. Here are some tips for making your birdbath more appealing.

Consider a heated birdbath

Heated birdbaths offer the luxury of being available to birds year round when the natural elements usually cause all water to freeze over. Birds have a hard time finding water during the winter, so having a heater in your birdbath will keep the water flowing.

Add a dripper to your birdbath

Birds are attracted to the sound of water, so buying a birdbath dripper is a great way to get birds into your yard. If you don’t want to buy one, you can make one out of water jugs. Simply put it over the birdbath and pierce a hole that allows water to drip out.

Buy a birdbath with flowing water

Flowing water is important because not only does the sound attract birds, but flowing water also helps stave off mosquitoes.

Keep the birdbath clean

A dirty birdbath is unappealing to birds and can be extremely harmful. Cleaning it consistently makes it free from algae and bacteria.

Put the birdbath in an appealing location

Birds don’t like to feel endangered and if they are exposed to the dangers of birds of prey and cats, they aren’t going to be attracted to your birdbath. Place it in an area that’s moderately sheltered, but can’t hide prowling cats.

Make it appear shallow by adding rocks

Sometimes if the basin of the bath is too deep, birds won’t be as drawn to your yard. Instead, make the water shallower by placing rocks at the bottom of the birdbath so birds will have a place to perch. According to, you should also put branches on top so they can drink without getting wet.

Timothy Martinez Jr. is a writer and freelance journalist. His work has been published in The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, Remapping Debate in New York City and other publications. He’s been a bird lover since he was young and currently lives in New Orleans, L.A.