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Anyone have any ideas for a homemade bird bath heater?

Were getting blasted here with a nice winter storm, which i love. but im sure the birds dont feel the same!  The snow here wont last long, but the temp has been below freezing for a couple days, so ive been trying to figure out how to keep water available besides going out and pouring hot water in the bird bath, any ideas?

Here's a nice one: http://tinyurl.com/ybeth27
(just kidding..just kidding! Lol)
Just make sure you don't make the water electric lol
 
Re-design4 years ago
Gfi outdoor outlet. Extension cord.  Submersable electric pipe heater tape.  Lay the tape in the bottom of the bath, plug it in.  No more ice.  Or if you can find one they make electric birdbath heaters or at least used to.  I didn't google it to find out if they still do.
Hiyadudez4 years ago
**TAKEN FROM eHOW, I DO NOT TAKE ANY CREDIT**

1. Set up the birdbath near a power supply. Make sure there is a bird feeder nearby, because birds prefer to bathe and drink near their food source.

2. Purchase a low-wattage, thermostat-controlled birdbath heater. Place it inside the bowl of the birdbath according to the manufacturer's instructions. The heaters are designed to be submerged in the water.

3. Plug the heater into an extension cord that is rated for outdoor use, then plug the extension cord into a nearby power outlet. Lay the cord along garden edging to avoid a tripping hazard.

4. Hire an electrician if you want to bury the cord permanently. He or she will be able to determine whether there are pipes or electrical hazards beneath the soil, then will dig a trench.

Hope this helps!
I'm sure a cheap fresh water aquarium heater would work to. The only problem with those is that if the water level becomes to low the glass could break.
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