A solar bird bath is a great way to attract birds to your backyard fountain without having to depend on cords or electricity. However, to keep the birds coming, you’ll need to properly maintain your fountain, so keep reading for some great how-to information on maintaining the cleanliness and functioning of your bird bath.
Treat it With a Sealant
Before you put your solar bird bath outside, be sure to coat it with a protective sealant. Depending on the material, use the appropriate sealant. So that means a concrete sealant for a concrete bath and a resin sealant for a plastic one.
Ideally, a good sealant coating should keep the color and finish safe and looking great for years, no matter what the weather or the birds do to it.
Once you’ve applied a few coats of good sealant to your bird bath, make sure it’s totally dry before you fill it with water. If you don’t, the sealant could get into the fountain, corrupting that day’s water supply and even jamming the fountain.
Create a Rough Grip Surface
Just like humans, birds don’t like slippery surfaces – especially near their bath water. So, if your bird bath is slippery or smooth, you may want to fill the bottom with a bit of sand, a coat of concrete, a basin mat or even loose and rough stones from your garden.
Watch the Water Levels
If there’s no water in your bird bath fountain, the fountain motor could burn out, and that’s a real danger on a sunny and windy day. If the water level in your bath is low and the motor is running all day thanks to sun power, you could see the motor burnout if there’s no water to run through it.
So, make sure your bird bath stays running for years by keeping an eye on it during hot or windy days, and check the water levels often. If you’re going away on vacation, consider covering the solar panel with duct tape.
Wash it Out Routinely
Most animals like clean drinking and bathing water, and birds are no exception. Entice the birds to come back to your bird bath by always providing a clean basin. Start by emptying out the water and then scrubbing the bath with a simple brush. Try not to use any harsh chemicals. If you need some scrubbing action, use a mild detergent or a bit of baking soda.
Try to wash and rinse your solar bird bath at least once a week. If the weather has been overcast or cloudy and the fountain pump hasn’t been running, then you should be refilling it every few days to prevent stagnant water, algae buildup and mosquitos.
Bird lovers enjoy having their feathered friends drop in for routine visits. However, to help keep them coming back, it is important to provide a bird bath that is both clean and safe for their use. When you do, you may be surprised by not only the number but also the types of birds that show up.