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Old 11-28-2009, 02:28 PM   #1
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The birds still need water in the winter. Keep the water dishes going for them. I enjoy seeing them bathe even with snow around them.
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Old 11-28-2009, 04:08 PM   #2
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Any tips for someone without a bath heater? Is daily refill with warm water necessary or will weekly refill be okay? How do I ensure ice doesn't crack the bird bath?
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Old 11-28-2009, 05:59 PM   #3
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I don't have a heater and also I just use those small dishes , saucer types that you can get at garden stores. I have a few, you could put 2 or 3 out and leave 3 in doors. When or if, the water freezes over, change them round, bring in the frozen ones and let them thaw out. I will show you that these small dishes work.
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Old 11-28-2009, 06:12 PM   #4
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The bigger birds use these dishes too.
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Old 11-28-2009, 07:54 PM   #5
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The bigger birds use these dishes too.
Your dishes seem quite popular. I'll have to give them a try. Thanks for the photos.
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Old 11-28-2009, 08:45 PM   #6
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I live in the far north. LOTS of frozen water up here in the winter, so I use a plug-in dog water bowl.

Seems to work for both the birds and small critters.

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Old 11-28-2009, 08:47 PM   #7
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Killdale-
Great bird bath photos!

What species of bird is the one with the spotted chest? I've never seen a bird like that before.

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Old 11-28-2009, 08:50 PM   #8
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That is the Northern Flicker, used to called red shafted flicker. Should mention its a male, the female if the one drinking in message #4
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Old 11-28-2009, 09:25 PM   #9
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That's a nice tip, Kildale. If your bird bath is near the door, swapping out trays wouldn't be a big chore.
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Old 11-30-2009, 02:22 AM   #10
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It is more important to provide birds with water during winter than during summer in northern reaches. Many birds are at risk of dehydration when water sources are frozen over for extended periods of time. Very nice thread.
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