I hope you've all had a great New Year's! I don't know about you, but I am always so glad when the holidays are over. Life can become calmer and the house can get back to normal. We spent the whole day upstairs taking down holiday decorations, cleaning and organizing.
A few days ago the weather turned colder, and we knew we wanted to give our feathered friends a source of fresh, unfrozen water. Even with snow and ice water can be scarce in the winter.
Providing a heated bird baths give our backyard birds an advantage of not having to expel energy melting the snow.
We decided to make the heated bird bath out of things we already had on hand. It may not be pretty, but it works. We had this old file cabinet drawer, a thrift store metal cake pan and a cheap old lamp that attaches to a shelve or desk.
Using the cake pan as a template we cut a hole out a little smaller than the cake pan..we also cut a hole...
on the back side to allow the power cord to pass through.
We screwed the lamp to the side wall (by cord hole) and angled the light upward so that it would be shining on the bottom of the cake pan.
The cake pan was placed in the hole, and we screwed a dish on top to provide another food source.
The light stays on 24/7, and keeps the water melted.
They love it, and we love watching all the activity throughout the day, drinking, playing and bathing in it. They also have quick access to a quick bite to eat.
Their activity gives us so much pleasure throughout the day!