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Homemade Bird Bath Drippers

Updated on April 13, 2012

Bird baths can be a great addition to your backyard. It is fun and relaxing watching birds discover the bird bath and taking a quick shower. But a bird bath usually won't be enough to get birds to come visit your backyard. They can't know you just placed a bird bath in your backyard.

That is why it is good to use a bird bath dripper. It will bring more birds to your backyard almost instantly.

Many birds do not have a good sense of smell, so they can't smell the water. But they more than make up their lack of smell with their hearing.

They can hear the dripping of the water and because they need to drink and love to bathe, they come to investigate. A bird bath dripper can bring more birds to your backyard within an hour of installing it.

Did you know before that bird bath drippers exist?

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How to Build a Homemade Bird Dripper

When you decide to get a bird bath dripper, you have two choices. The you buy one in your local store or you build your own homemade bird bath dripper.

You can make a bird bath dripper out of everyday items you find around your house, including recycled materials. A plastic jug or an empty milk carton are great for that purpose.

To build a homemade bird bath dripper, you need:

  • a plastic jug or an empty milk carton
  • a candle
  • a needle
  • a piece of string

Light the candle and carefully heat the needle over the open flame using pliers.
While the needle is still hot, use it to make a hole at the bottom of the plastic jug and another hole at the top. The hole at the top is necessary so the air can replace the water, dripping out at the bottom.

Fill your homemade bird bath dripper with water and use the string to hang it above your backyard bird bath. Have fun watching birds visit your backyard more often. If you add a homemade bird feeder too, you are halfway done to have your own backyard bird sanctuary.

Choose the Right One for You

Building a bird bath dripper is easy, but sometimes it's just not enough to have a homemade bird bath dripper. If you have your bird bath on the front yard, or you bought an expensive bird bath, you most likely won't want to hang a homemade dripper over it. A bought bird bath dripper has some advantages over a homemade one:

  • It usually is prettier
  • It lasts longer
  • In most cases it blends in with the surroundings and the bird bath

If you decide to buy a bird bath dripper instead of building one, you have to know how to find the right one for you.

Bird bath drippers are not the only choice you have. Depending on your preferences and what you need, you can choose between bird bath drippers, misters or wigglers.

Bird bath drippers provide constant water flow to your bird bath, attract more birds and keep the water moving. Moving water is good protection against mosquitoes. Bird bath drippers often resemble a plant, which helps to make your backyard even more decorative than it is.

If you want to attract smaller birds, like hummingbirds, you can get a water mister. A water mister sprays a constant mist instead of bigger drops. Smaller birds love misters, but you have to be careful when buying one. They use up much more water than drippers.

Bird bath wrigglers create ripples in the water, which helps prevent mosquitoes. You also won't have to worry about your bird bath freezing over, moving water doesn't freeze likely. Bird bath wrigglers do not provide constant water flow to your bird bath.

If you decide to get a bird bath wriggler, you will have to change the water every now and then. A bird bath can get messy, especially if you have a bird feeder nearby.

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      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Voted useful and interesting. I feed birds, have a bird bath, but never would I have thought of this trick. Excellent!


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