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Water for the Birds Even to 20 Below

Ice storms and winter weather make it a real challenge to provide a continual water supply for the birds and other wildlife. Doing my homework and checking out my options, I found the perfect de-icer that proved itself in our 9 degree winter weather, working beautifully to provide constant water to our feathered friends, and at only 80 watts of power. What a surprise when steam was rising from the birdbath on the coldest morning! I felt like my birdbath, with unfrozen water, was an oasis in the storm.

This de-icer, which actually looks like a little rock, is thermostatically controlled, which means you don't waste power unless the temps start to freeze. Pretty cool! The only requirement necessary is that it stay beneath the water. Since it is only about three quarters of an inch tall, that shouldn't be a problem. The deep end of things? Even in my birdbath, at about five inches deep and pretty big around, full of water, it still worked beautifully. There was some slight slushing around the edges, but nothing solid.

Cleaning is a breeze, too. Just take a nylon scrubber and scrub away, being careful on the bottom, where the vent holes are. The top and sides are tough as nails, so scrub the film when it warms up. You have to remember, it is a warm surface in water, so it does need to be cleaned every few days.

And if you care to change the color, the manufacturer says you can sand it and paint it your color. The real beauty is it keeping the birds coming in the dead of winter, giving you lots of color!

And here is a bonus: no worries about my concrete birdbath any more! I don't have to dump the water out, anticipating freezing temps, to protect the birdbath. And if it should rain and then freeze, that was pretty much out of my control; the ice would surely damage the birdbath. Now I don't have to worry, that problem is solved, too!

Now I can watch the birds enjoy a needed drink or bath and know I am doing my part to help the wildlife during our winter weather, and especially during our surprise freezes. I hope we never have another Polar Vortex, but what a comfort to know that in the worst challenges of winter weather, this de-icer works beautifully for me and the birds!

WHAT? Another Polar Vortex, even worse than the first is on the way, dipping even further into the Southeast! Yes, I just read this weather update this morning (January 17th). SO! I am prepared for 20 below, providing a little respite in the storm...Get ready! The Next Polar Vortex will be here in a few weeks! Be safe and protect your flock around this little life-saving rock!

Thinking inside the box...away from snow and ice...

Do you enjoy taking care of wild birds?

  • Of course! They're a vital source in nature's links!
  • I wish I could do more...
  • I have a de-icer that is not thermostatically controlled and doesn't work to 20 below
  • I have a de-icer that works beautifully ~ and I know I am benefiting and helping nature!
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What kinds of birds do you attract in the winter? What are some things you do to help them survive?

Thank you for your great responses! It's terrific to see so many taking care of our feathered friends!

 Last updated on August 20, 2014

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SusanDeppner 8 months ago from Arkansas USA Level 7 Commenter

This year, we could have used one of these bird bath de-icers. And perhaps we'll need it again, though hopefully the bulk of our sub-freezing weather is over here in the mid-south. I really appreciate the great review!

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Erin Mellor 8 months ago from Europe Level 3 Commenter

What a great idea. We haven't had cold weather yet, but this has to be more effective than running outside every hour with a fresh bowl.

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GrammieOlivia 8 months ago from Toronto Level 7 Commenter

Yes, I love the birds and do make sure they have what they need in the winter months!

tonyleather 8 months ago

I am an avid fan of the local bird-life, and put food out every day, simply because watching so many swoop in to claim what they can of this bounty is quite simply the greatest show on earth!

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Merrci 8 months ago from Oregon's Southern Coast Level 8 Commenter

Great review! I enjoyed reading it. What a good idea too for snow country, and thoughtful of you to provide for them. You must get quite a collection since it's perhaps the only place in town! Love the picture too!

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katiecolette 8 months ago Level 1 Commenter

Excellent review and great product for bird lovers in Northern states.

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trevorjb1406 8 months ago Level 3 Commenter

Excellent lens with nice bird picture. I live on the South East coast of the UK so we have lots of seagulls. We also have some escaped parakeets that flock around from time to time. They seem to have survived well even in our cold weather.

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Diana Wenzel 8 months ago from Colorado Level 6 Commenter

I love living close to nature. Birds are a great joy. I try to care for them as much as possible. This is a great product. Thanks for your review. Lovely cardinal photo.

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favored 8 months ago from USA Level 7 Commenter

This was something I have been concerned about lately. The birds were still coming to the birdbath and I didn't want it to crack. Seems like a good solution.

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Lynn Klobuchar 8 months ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota Level 6 Commenter

It makes sense. It has been cold this winter. Thanks for the resource.

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JoanieMRuppel54 8 months ago from Keller, Texas Level 3 Commenter

We feed the birds year round and especially love cardinals. Since it doesn't freeze here often, we try and keep some fresh water available. I love hearing them sing most of all.

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DebMartin 8 months ago Level 3 Commenter

Fortunately I have a creek running through my back yard and it rarely freezes over completely. But my brother needs this. He loves the birds and has a birdbath that just gets turned over for the winter months.

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