Yes, this is the ghetto. I often joke about that. Weird things have happened out here from time to time. Like waking up in the middle of the night to a car on fire on your front lawn or someone breaking into your house while you are sleeping. It used to be rough out here.
But it’s always rough on those cute little birdies. The other day a hawk swooped down and grabbed a sparrow while another 3 flew for their lives leaving their feathers smeared all over the window. :( Can you blame me for wanting to spoil those little creatures stuck out in the cold?
One of my most wished for christmas presents this year was a bird bath heater.
I don’t know when I became such a softie for the birds but I think it was shortly after getting chickens.
I even found myself eyeing the buggies in the pet store the other day- Lord help me! hah!
On a day when it is almost -20 celcius the birds will spend all day bathing and drinking.
This gadget is called a Bird Bath Deicer with an automatic shut off.
It is thermostatically controlled, and costs little to operate keeping the water above 4 degrees C/40 degrees F.
The heater shuts off automatically in 90 seconds when operated out of water.
It is suitable for use in plastic, pottery or concrete birdbaths only. It can be found at many specialty bird stores or TSC for around $50.00
I used this deicer in a large rubber pail to keep the chickens watered when I was away for a week this winter and it worked wonderfully. I have been looking for something like this for years. A heated dog water bowl is too small for extended times away and the usual trough or pond de-icer is too large for the small flock. This is perfect for chickens or small birds.
Everyone enjoys watching the birds! Do you?