Gardening Vivian | 01 Mar 2010 03:00 pm

The Advantages of Solar Bird Baths

The advantages of solar birdbaths far outweigh any fuss or muss
associated with their installation. First of all solar powered bird baths are not very hard to install as they do not really require any extra plumbing or wiring. They are also very economical as they harness the power of the sun’s rays to naturally heat the water in the bird bath. Needless to say, this type of bird bath, which usually features a running fountain in the center as well, can save you tons of money when it comes to your energy bills.

There are several types of solar bird baths on the market including ones that run a circulating fountain in the window to keep the water from freezing in the winter and ones that have a cover to prevent other animals from getting into the bath water. The one component that all solar bird baths on the market have in common is the solar panel that provides energy for its operation.

One of the advantages of solar bird baths is that the birds always have access to fresh circulating water. This running water is better for them to bathe and drink, as it is less likely to contain bacteria and viruses. A solar powered panel located in the bowl powers a pump in the reservoir hidden in the base. The pump then efficiently circulates the water, which prevents it from stagnating. This means the water won’t go green, smell or attract too many mosquitoes.

Another advantage of solar bird baths is that they do not require a cord or any wiring. This means that they can be placed anywhere on a lawn without you having to worry about a power source. All that matters is that they must be placed on a flat stable surface to make sure that the water flows through the bird bath’s fountain pump smoothly and does not splash. The fact that these solar powered bird baths can be placed anywhere in a yard is also a boon for landscape architects as well as people who forget to unplug ordinary birdbaths when they mow the lawn.

Yet another benefit of owning a solar operated bird bath is that it is relatively inexpensive. The fact that it is heated water helps birds have a constant source of water in winter climates. You can also use a small heater in tandem with the solar bird bath to make sure that the birds stay hydrated and warm.

In terms of maintenance some types of solar bird baths may need their solar panels removed in the winter and replaced with a non-solar insert during the winter months. This is particularly recommended if you live in a climate where there is no sun at all. However if you live in a climate with a lot of cold, yet sunny days, you may not need to do this. The necessity of removing the solar panels and replacing it with a non solar insert is dependent on the recommendation of the manufacturer of the bird bath.

Like all pools or ponds, solar bird baths may also need regular
cleaning. Seeding the bath with natural enzymes can help prevent algae and grime from staining the insides of the bird bath bowl.

Solar bird baths also appeal to more and a wider variety of birds. This is because most bird varieties are more attracted to water that is moving, than water that is standing. It is easier for them to spot the moving water as they are winging their way over your yard. It is as if the birds instinctively know that moving water is healthier for them than still pools. For this reason you are likely to see even more types of birds than you ever have seen before enjoying themselves in this type of bird bath.

Solar bird baths are also healthier for you and your family. This is because bird baths that have running water are less likely to attract mosquitoes that spread the West Nile virus. In fact water that stands for three days is a great attractant for mosquitoes so if your solar bird bath malfunctions make sure you get it fixed quickly! Almost 2,500 cases of West Nile virus are reported annually in the United States. Running a solar bird bath is one unique way that you can protect you and the birds from all kinds of viruses and bacteria.

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