While the sun shines hard out there and the mercury rises, poor birds look desperately for water sources to quench their thirst and get a splash of cool. If you are a kind person at heart or want to witness a variety of colorful cheerful birds play in your garden, a bird bath should be on your to do list on a weekend. It is the best way to attract birds on a sunny day as the sight of them splashing about in the water is a wonderful one. Our step by step guide had details on how to make and place a bird bath.
Bath tubs can be made with a lot of materials like cement, rock and cans. You can recycle the items in your garage and make a functional bath tub out of them. The bath tub could be an old sauce pan or a bowl large enough to contain several birds at a time. Think of any container you can use a tub. You can make it attractive by using acrylic paints on the outside of the tub. Put pebbles into the bath so that it is balanced and does not tilt over when many birds land on it. Clay pots are good tub alternatives and they meld with the surroundings.
A stand is necessary to make the tub stand out and high enough to be out of the reach of any predators like cats. A large bucket or barrel can do well if you are recycling materials. You might need liquid cement or glue to attach the tub and the stand together. The height of the stand depends upon your choice and materials available. You can also balance the tub on raised wood planks by digging them deep into the ground and using nails.
Make a separate water line for the bath or use a sprinkler. It is very simple and you can do it yourself with cheap materials from the hosiery store. This way you will not have to go out to the bath in the garden when the sun is strong and you can have the satisfaction that the birds have a constant supply of water.
The bath should be placed in a location where it can be spotted easily by birds. It should also be near a shade. However make sure that it is not in the naked open where the birds can be spotted easily by predators like hawks. The trees near it should be the type which can bear over watering. The area should be leveled so that the bath is balanced. It could be the back porch, deck, patio, or a corner of the garden. Choose a calm area where there is little human traffic so that birds are not hesitant to come near the bath.