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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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Are there heated birdbaths that are solar?

Sorry there are no reliable heated solar birdbaths that work in mid-Michigan at this time. The solar baths on the market today will only operate during full, direct sunlight. I've test marketed these in the sunniest location I could find in Lansing only to discover Michigan doesn't have full sun days. I expect that in the next 5 years scientists will develop a panel that can harness the sun we do see occasionally in the winter and be able to store its energy so the bath can work even on cloudy days.

So what do you do in the mean time? Water is one of the most important necessities that birds need year-round. 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.
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One option Wild Birds Unlimited (WBU) offers is the durable, heated plastic birdbath which provides a reliable source of water when natural sources are frozen, even to temp. below -20° F. Mount it easily to deck rails or place it in a birdbath holder to allow visitors to drink, bathe and keep their feathers clean all winter. It features a built-in 150 watt, fully grounded heater that is thermostatically controlled to conserve energy. It also has a full 4 year warranty and it’s made in the U.S.A.

Another option is to place a birdbath heater in the bath you already have. WBU offers two heaters that turn on and off as needed like the heated birdbath. Our heaters are designed to be placed in concrete, plastic, resin or stone bird baths.

Or there is the birdbath de-icer. Its affordable foil construction is ideal for shallow birdbaths and stays on all the time at a low wattage to keep a circle of melted water in your bath. The 3-prong cord is fully grounded and has a one year limited warranty.

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