[CT Birds] Winterizing birth/fountain question

Kathy Van Der Aue kathyvda at gmail.com
Tue Nov 5 09:32:44 EST 2013

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
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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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