[CT Birds] Winterizing birth/fountain question

James Dugan jim at worldpeace.org
Tue Nov 5 09:47:23 EST 2013


I use a plug-in heated dog water bowl.

Jim Dugan
Manager
The World Peace Sanctuary
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Wassaic, NY 12592
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On Nov 5, 2013, at 9:32 AM, Kathy Van Der Aue wrote:

> I wouldn't put salt in it or any other additive.  I got a water bath heater
> at Agway some years ago and also saw them at Home Depot, plus they are
> available by catalog and I'm sure at the Audubon Shop in Madison or Fat
> Robin in Hamden.  It shuts off when the temp rises or it senses the water
> is too low.  You can't have a dripper going in very cold weather but
> re-filling the bird bath isn't so hard and the birds really appreciate the
> water in the winter.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Kathy Van Der Aue
> Southport, Connecticut
> Visit my Blog at http://naturaliststable.wordpress.com
> 
> 
> On Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 1:43 PM, Barbara Garrett <
> barbaragarrett at optonline.net> wrote:
> 
>> Hi everybody,
>> 
>> I have a copper fountain that sits in my gardening the temperate seasons
>> in which the local (and migrants) drink and take baths.  Even today, I had
>> passing Robins doing so.  No one has talked about this on our board, but I
>> think we've been experiencing a drought.  Overnight, the deer, raccoons and
>> possums are draining my fountain dry.  And I se the birds drinking as well.
>> 
>> My question is this:  I do not have the ability to keep this warm and from
>> freezing.  Is there anything I can put in the water that won't harm the
>> birds and will allow them to enjoy it when the temps hit freezing
>> overnight?  The only thing I can think of is salt, but am wondering if
>> that's dangerous for woodland birds to drink, whether they'll self-select
>> and not drink it and continue to bathe in it?
>> 
>> Suggestions/comments are obviously welcome.
>> 
>> Barbara...who has gotten her first Juncos and Purple Finches, as well as
>> American Robins today
>> north Stamford
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