How to Select a Bird Waterer


If you’re a bird lover or an enthusiastic gardener, you’re probably aware that birds play a crucial part in beautifying your garden. Are you considering purchasing a birdbath as a way of providing birds with fresh drinking and bathing water within your backyard? What factors do you need you to consider when selecting a bird waterer?  This article will guide you to ensure you select the most appropriate bird waterer that suits your location.

selecting a bird waterer | Birds in a garden birdbath

Unlike bird feeders that are filled with grains, waterers are filled with water allowing birds to drink and bathe at leisure! Apart from drinking to keep them healthy, birds love to bath to maintain their feathers What a sight watching birds drinking, bathing, and singing with joy!  Selecting a suitable bird waterer is, therefore, paramount.  A suitable waterer should have a basin-designs, and easy to clean and maintain. Here are some key aspects to consider when selecting a bird waterer:

  1. Choosing the right size
  2. Outer Decorations
  3. Your backyard Landscape
  4. Comfort features for birds (stones or branches)
  5. Design (Pedestal, dish type or a heated birdbath)
  6. Design that is easy to clean
  7. Desirable Water Movement
  8. Depth of Water
  9. Existing climatic conditions

When you’re choosing a birdbath, look for one with a basin that you can clean easily. It should also have a gentle slope to allow birds to wade into the water. You can make your own bath out of a garbage can lid, a saucer-type snow sled, or even an old frying pan.

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Just as there are different types of birds, so are there different types of bird waterers or birdbaths for you to choose from.

Considering the myriads of birth waterer designs, constructions, and types, selecting bird water will require your keen consideration of a number of factors.

 By making a careful choice, the bird waterer you select is likely going to attract beautiful birds to your yards or magnificently help you to keep the ones you own perfectly well.

Let’s discuss more on the key factors you need to consider before purchasing a suitable waterer for birds:

#1. Selecting the Right Size of Bird Waterer

Small bird waterers are convenient, yes, but a larger model can be even better because it can accommodate a significant number of birds without leading to territorial conflicts. The one downside about smaller birdbaths is that they do dry out more quickly.

Now, if you’re looking to select the one that fits your needs, make sure you’ve put into consideration the number of birds you’re about to accommodate and their behaviors.

#2. Outer Appearance of The Bird Waterer

Just like buying one’s pants, the look of what you get from the market is always a vital consideration to keep in mind. Speaking of appearance, buying a bird waterer should go handy with your garden décor and design. When you’ve decided to select a birdbath that suits your needs, keep in mind that you’d enjoy it and that you’ll love cleaning and maintaining it.

Appearance goes handy with your personality and style preferences, which are factors that help us keep things best and take good care of them.  While selecting your birdbath, make sure you include your personality on its appearance so that you’d always enjoy it even when birds aren’t available; this way, you will still see the value of your money you paid for it.

#3. The Landscape Size

When selecting a birdbath or bird waterer, it’s important that your particular selection matches your landscape area or size. If for instance, you’ve got a small yard, having a large ornate birdbath or bird waterer will look pretty odd. It will be suitable that the size of your waterer corresponds with the available land or area.

#4. Bird comfort

Best bird baths are always supposed to have been designed with the birds in mind. A narrow lip is still more comfortable for birds and especially small ones. Birds’ comfort is also affected by the material of the bath. This requires the materials to offer a texture that helps birds feel relaxed at all times.

#5. Waterer Water movements

Moving water attracts birds most compared to stagnant water. If you can incorporate the unique movement of water within your bird waterer, the more birds will be attracted. You can achieve this by considering waterers or birdbaths with water a mister, fountains, bubbler or water spray mechanisms.

Furthermore, moving water reduces insects and algae growth, which will help you keep the bird waterer cleaner. The maintenance cost will also be much lower.

# 6. Height of The Bird Waterer

When you’re selecting a birdbath or a bird waterer, it is vital to think of the target birds. Smaller birds are more comfortable at taller waterers that give them a right field of view while large birds such as ducks, doves, and quails prefer bird waterers that have been installed from ground levels.

  # 7. Ease of Cleaning the Bird Waterer

Go for bird waterers that are sturdy easy to clean instead such as those made of plastic or concrete. Avoid complicated designs that may easily break during the cleaning process.

# 8. Bird Waterer Design

Whether you’re looking to select a hanging bird waterer, a basic design, or a pedestal model, the best bird bath design depends on where you desire to put the bath to either attract birds naturally or host the ones you are rearing at home.

Speaking of a bird waterer design, a hanging model isn’t going to be your best choice if you don’t have a good place to hang it from in the first place. A large pedestal designed birdbath is also not suitable if you’re looking to attract or host birds in a yard with no appropriate level landscape proportions.

Bird drinking from a pedestal waterer

Now, the design consideration factor goes hand with the place of hosting and putting your waterer. If you’re looking to set up your yard or garden, make sure you’ve investigated the best design to help you give the birds comfort plus a right look decoration to the place itself.

#9. Climatic Conditions

Selecting a bird waterer should be determined by the prevailing climatic conditions within your region. This is because climate determines the type of birds to attract and the amount and availability of water. It will also determine how frequently you’ll be required to clean or fill the waterer.

If you reside in winter areas, for instance, a sturdy heated waterer is the right choice, while if you live in warmer areas, a large capacity waterer is good for keeping more water while ensuring that water does not dry out.

8 Tips on How to Make Your Bird Waterer More Appealing to Birds

1. Choose Where there are some tree covers

Birds are relaxed they have some form of protection such as trees and openings where they can fly they feel they are in danger. You need, therefore, to install the waters where birds can easily approach and fly away at will.

2. Water Movement-Have water dripping

Birds get pretty attracted to moving water. You can achieve this by incorporating a circulating pump which will demand that you have a large water-basin acting as a reservoir. Water motion is also advantageous as it ensures that mosquitoes don’t breed in your birds’ waterer.

3. Select a Sport with Some Shade

During warm or hot weather like in Summer, birds love relaxing in shady areas. If the sun does not heat the birds’ waterer directly, the water will remain cool and refreshing for your visiting happy birds. A shady location also ensures that water does not evaporate faster as it’s protected from the direct sun heat

4. Provide suitable staging or Perching Points

Allow birds to land in style before enjoying their waterer’s splendor! This allows to also scan their surrounding before leaving after visiting the waterer.

After drinking and dancing on water, this is the place they’ll be grooming themselves and chilling out before they fly away. Provide for this and birds will surely show their appreciation by action! And hey! You don’t want birds to keep pooping in their drinking water. The Perching is will be a perfect loo place for valuable visitors!

5. Select the Right Location

You’ll definitely love to watch birds enjoying themselves at the waterer without feeling them. That’s why choosing a suitable location based on where you’ll be spending your time is critical. You may choose to install it at a location that allows for your viewing from either your bedroom, living room or kitchen.

6. Maintain a Shallow Water-Level

 A shallow waterer is most suitable for most birds. For deeper waterers, you can consider using a layer of flat stones or pea gravel to raise the water level. A water depth of ½”-1″ at the edge of a birdbath basin and 2″-3″ at the middle is recommended.

7. Keeping The Bird Waterer Clean

Keep the birds’ waterer clean by occasionally scrubbing with special brush brooms to keep away dirt and algae. Ensure that dead pieces of wood, poop, or bird feathers do not accumulate within the waterer. Clean waterer with fresh water will be a great attraction for birds.

8. Have some stones or Tree Branches Around

Provide birds with stones or wooden structures where they can stand while enjoying their drink.

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Meshack Sewe

Meshack Sewe, is a tech-savvy versatile and passionate Creative Copywriter, Poet, Blogger, and an Article writer who love to research. He trained in Agricultural Engineering & later in Business Information Technology (Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology). He has served both as Program Manager with two NGOs and as as General Manager with a private company.

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