As winter approaches the northern states are experiencing a fall in temperatures. In fact even some states that lie in the south are having some cooler weather. As the temperature falls it becomes harder for birds to find water to drink. Sure the sun will be able to melt away some of the ice, however we all know that there is no assurance of that happening.
Many birds will make the trip down south in order to have access to the fresh water and food that they will need in order to survive. However, not all birds fly south. What is your role in all of this? You can help the ones that choose to remain by having a bird bath with a bird bath de-icer in your yard.
Whenever winter comes around Mother Nature has devised a clever way for birds to survive. Birds are able to survive during the night on the stored energy gained from the foods that they consumed during the course of the day. However, because they have little or no body fat at all, they lack the ability to stock up energy reserves like mammals are able to do.
There is a particular bird called the Chickadees, whose weight is about 3/4 of an ounce, which is equal to the weight of three pennies in your palm. They have created a unique method of conserving energy. What happens is that at the end of the day when they go to roost they conserve energy by slowing down there metabolism. However, this inherited ability is not found in all birds.
You can make our backyard the perfect source of open water for the birds. It is often said that “you can attract more with open water in winter than you can with seeds alone”. There are also other ways to provide water as well. You could purchase a bath with built-in thermostatically controlled heaters. This is really convenient.
One could also choose to use bird bath heaters. It too is thermostatically controlled and works well when placed in an existing bird bath providing a large area of open water in sub-freezing temperatures.
On a final note you must remember that when using a bird bath heater, heated bird bath, or de-icer, bear in mind they all require electricity. This means that you will need an extension cord. Make certain to use only an outdoor approved extension cord and avoid excessively long cords as they may affect the function of the heater.