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How to keep a birdbath warm - Heated birdbaths and birdbath heaters!

Frozen birdbaths are a real problem in areas with harsh winters. However, there are simple solutions. How simple? So simple, even we can flocking do it.

A Northern Cardinal holds onto a branch during a snowstorm.
Birds like this Northern Cardinal will frequent birdbaths during winter.

Providing fresh water to birds and other wildlife in the wintertime is critical. Why? During the coldest periods, water availability may be at a minimum. Offering an open source of water not only can help birds but can attract quite a variety of birds and other wildlife species to your backyard!


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Keep your birdbath open by changing the water daily

If you live in a region where the average daily temperatures are above freezing but nightly temperatures dip below the ice-making mark, you can keep your birdbath open by simply changing the water daily! Emptying the birdbath at night and refilling it in the morning will not only keep your birdbath cleaner, but it may also prevent damage to the basin caused by the constant freeze and thaw action of the water! This is our favorite option for keeping a birdbath both clean and warm.


However, if this option is not for you, our top recommendation from the list below is the API Heater and De-icer.


Moving water in a birdbath will not freeze as quickly

Moving water does not freeze easily. You are probably very aware of this from watching lakes and ponds freeze over while rivers and streams are still open. We can use this same principle for keeping birdbaths open. If you live in a climate where the temperature hovers near the freezing mark without plunging into single digits, you may be able to keep your birdbath from freezing by simply keeping the water moving. Using a pump or fountain feature can accomplish this task while also helping to keep your water basin cleaner than if stagnant. Also, a solar-operated water agitator (Amazon) may work as well, though, they can also be frozen into the ice at night if temperatures are low and the battery has not built enough charge.


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This decorative pump looks nice and can help keep water open, but if you have a large basin, a more basic pump can also keep your water open, though it may be more unsightly. If your temperatures drop regularly below freezing, this pump may not be enough to keep your birdbath open.


Homasy Submersible Water Pump for Birdbaths and Ponds

If you are less concerned about the looks of the birdbath, this TINY pump can move some serious water in the bath, allowing for better visibility to birds AND helping keep the water open during colder events.



Use a birdbath heater to keep your birdbath from freezing

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