Oct 9, 2019 | Featured in: Watching Backyard Birds, October 2019

Maintaining Your Backyard Birdbath

While all birdbaths will eventually need to be cleaned, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the need for frequent cleanings.
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The easiest way to clean a birdbath is to ensure it doesn't get dirty. While all birdbaths will eventually need to be cleaned, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the need for frequent cleanings.

  • When refilling the birdbath, dump out the stagnant water instead of just adding more.
  • Position the birdbath away from feeders so spilled seed will not land in the water.
  • Choose a shady spot for the birdbath to minimize algae growth and slow evaporation.
  • Position the birdbath where it will not be clogged by grass clippings, falling leaves, and other debris.
  • No matter how carefully a birdbath is maintained, however, it will still need regular cleanings. We recommend using nine parts water and one part bleach, scrubbing it, rinsing well, and allowing it to air dry.

    Courtesy of the Wild Bird Habitat Store, Lincoln, Nebraska.



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