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Choose A Resin Bird Bath For Your Backyard

Updated on March 2, 2013

One of the more popular types of bird baths are resin bird baths. The main reason for their popularity is that resin baths are light in weight as compared to their stone or cement counterparts. For most of us, this is an important factor when placing a bird bath or for the thought of moving your bird bath from place to place in your yard. Resin bird baths can be molded in a variety of shapes and they tend to be low in cost as well. Here is a look at some of the more popular resin bird baths.

What is Resin?

From Wikipedia "The classic variety is epoxy resin, manufactured through polymerization-polyaddition or polycondensation reactions, used as a thermoset polymer for adhesives and composites. Epoxy resin is two times stronger than concrete, seamless and waterproof." In practical terms, it's a cast-able compound, and it gets used in an incredibly wide range of applications because it is light in weight, strong, and impervious to things like the sun and rain, making it ideal for outdoor structures.

Resin Decorative Bird Baths

The ability to mold allows a lot of creativity in the manufacture of bird baths. You see not only the addition of ornamental trim like leaves to the basin and the stand, but some more creative tricks like integrating the relief of a bird or other wild animals like squirrels on the side of the basin.

Since it can be easily molded and is waterproof, resin is a favorite for bird baths. One of the more popular types of bird baths are heated bird baths. A cheaper plastic could melt from the heat, but the resin will tolerate the heat well. In addition, the heating elements can be accommodated by cavities molded into the basin of the bath.

Solar Bird Baths

Solar bird baths are a combination of bird bath and fountain. It's best to have the water in a bird bath agitated or stirred occasionally. This keeps algae from forming, and avoids having the stagnant water act as a breeding ground for mosquitoes and the like. In addition, birds are attracted to the sound and site of moving water. But the need to wire up a fountain to a bird bath is a lot of work. Many manufacturers have gotten around this by offering solar bird baths. These have a small solar powered pump built into the bird bath itself, and a small photoelectric panel provides the power for the pump to run. Some have the ability to put the element away from the bird bath itself, so that you can put the bird bath in the shade but still have the pump powered by the sun.

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