As well as providing a bathing environment that is necessary for birds to stay healthy, the regular cleaning will extend the life of your birdbath and prevent algae growth and a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Daily fresh water will also keep the temperature of the water cooler for the feathered friends.
One thing to remember is to not use bleach or other harsh cleaners on the birdbath because it will hurt the birds. Use only a mild detergent for soiled birdbaths or you can purchase a special birdbath cleaner. Here are the steps to clean the bath:
- Dump out the old water.
- Scrub the basin with a scrub brush and the mild detergent as needed.
- Thoroughly rinse out the bath so that there is no detergent left to harm the birds.
- Fill with clean water.
Change out the water frequently, especially in the summer when the water evaporates faster, so that the water is fresh. Remember that the birds also drink the water.
This activity should only take a few minutes and give you a few cherished moments in the sun as well!