Cleaning products are available for bird bath care on this page.
Cleaning bird baths can be quick and easy if you take the time to consider what a bird bath is made of before you purchase. They are made out of many different materials. So it is important
question to ask before buying a bath: Will it be easy to clean?
There are some options for keeping the water fresh and clean. But there
is no choice involved whether to clean it, or not to clean it.
Like bird feeders, once a person decides to take up the activity, keeping things clean is a must!
The reasons are obvious and simple. Water baths
are regularly contaminated with bird droppings, feathers, algae, dust
and dirt blown in from around the yard.
Dirty bath water and bird
feeders cause wild birds to contract disease, leading to sickness or even death.
As well bird baths left standing too long with stagnant water could be a breeding ground for mosquitoes carrying West Nile disease and other sickness.
Clean Bird Baths often & well to keep it safe for birds.
Methods For Cleaning Bird Baths:
Mix a solution
of white vinegar (1 part) and water (4 parts). After rinsing the bath
out, pour the white vinegar and water solution in the bath and let it
soak for 15 minutes.
Buy a water bath cleaning product. There are
products that contain natural enzymes, are safe for the
environment and as I mentioned earlier safe for birds to drink.
A weak bleach and water solution can be used.
With your choice of cleaner use a brush to scrub out the water reservoir well.
Cleaning Brushes Are Necessary
Always rinse thoroughly.
are some excellent products available that can be added to clean bath
water to keep it fresher longer. They are again natural enzymes
that are environmentally friendly and can keep a bath fresh, some users
suggest, up to a month!
There are products on the market called wigglers, which can be inserted into the water bath
to keep the surface of the water agitated enough to prevent mosquitoes
from laying eggs. Drippers and misters may also serve this purpose.
However this does not replace the need to clean the water bath regularly. Natural enzymes, wigglers, drippers and misters just put off the need for caring for your bird bath a little longer.
How Frequently Should Bird Baths Be Cleaned?
the number of birds using the bath each day
a source of water movement will decrease the frequency need for cleaning
adding store bought products to keep the water fresh longer
the amount of sun the bath receives
but even a water bath in the shade during the heat of summer will need cleaning more often
a water bath will also need regular cleaning in the winter
how much rain water has been added
With some guidance on cleaning bird baths (and some elbow grease), you can make watching feathered friends in your backyard safe for wild birds and enjoyable for us!
More Info On Types of Bird Bathing Habits Below & In the Right Column
Dust Baths, sun bathing and "anting" may seem like odd practices to humans, but we actually practice activities for the very same purposes.
Cleaning Bird Baths on a regular schedule is very necessary for wild bird health and enjoyment.
Heated Bird Baths are a wonderful way to provide water for wild birds in winter in areas where the temperatures reach the freezing mark.