About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

The best heated bird baths

Hello, is it too early for a heated bird bath? I was so happy when I received a Wild Birds Unlimited heated bath for Christmas last year! It is the best. We had bluebirds and robins and every bird you can think of taking a bath in the middle of the winter. Simply wonderful!! When is the proper time to set up the winter bath? ~ Holly, Michigan

I’m so happy you had plenty of winter guests at your heated bird bath. You can set it up at any time. The Wild Birds Unlimited durable, plastic heated bird bath is made in the USA and provides a reliable source of water when natural sources are frozen, even to temperatures below -20° F. It mounts easily to deck railings or can be placed on our stands. It features a built-in 150 watt, fully grounded heater that is thermostatically controlled to conserve energy. When the temperature is cold enough to freeze water, the bath will turn on automatically.

Water is one of the most important necessities that birds need year-round. Cold weather in northern areas can bring an additional challenge to a bird's survival due to natural water sources being frozen. Providing and maintaining a bird bath with clean water is just one small favor you can offer.

Most people understand the importance of water for drinking but many do not realize just how important it is in bathing for birds. Because feathers are critical for flight and insulation, birds keep them well-maintained. A good part of a bird's day is spent just cleaning and grooming its feathers by bathing, scratching, and preening. The feathers covering the body give the bird a water resistant, aerodynamic shape for efficient flight. The feathers also provide insulation by trapping body heat close to the skin.

Water sources in winter are an easy way to attract a variety of birds, as you noticed, including the American Robin and Eastern Bluebird, that don’t visit feeders normally.

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