Bird baths.

To: "'Chris King'" <>
Subject: Bird baths.
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2020 15:25:36 +1100

I think birds will make use of anything. In the question asked they would need to be able to see it, and that might take a while. I am thinking that the floor might be too smooth for birds to feel safe standing in it. It might work. One old story. In the 1970s when a move in residence had me relocate my finches from one aviary into flight cages for nearly 3 years before having another aviary, I had my finches in 4 flight cages stacked one above the other. At that time pet shops would sell a bird bath that clipped onto the front wires of the cage door. As in lift the door and the bath clipped onto the cage front, on the door, outside the cage. So the birds would go outside the cage into a fully see through 5 sided box. They learned this very quickly, even though going into it might have looked like they were stepping into space. They clearly accepted it and more to the point I only had one and so would give it to each cage in succession. The birds could all hear and some see the others bathing and as one started, those in the next cages would start trying to bathe in the little water that was available just from the drinking spout. They did not do that at other times. Also being fully enclosed, apart from the entry, it made cleaning easier than putting an open bowl in the cage. For what it is worth I have not kept birds since 1977.




From: Birding-Aus [ On Behalf Of Chris King
Sent: Monday, 6 January, 2020 7:26 PM
Cc: birding-aus
Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Bird baths.


Does anyone have experience with using clear plastic take away containers for bird baths? I put some around a light rail station near me where there's Superb fairy-wrens surviving in spite of recent high rise developments on their former habitat. I put stones in each for them to perch on but it was a bit tricky to get something out of the range of dogs. Not sure if they will like the clear plastic.




On Sat, 4 Jan 2020 at 18:28, Anthea Fleming <> wrote:

We have a  number of well-used bird-baths, mostly terra cotta.  Each has a couple of smallish rough rocks, or a stick, to make sure birds and other fauna can climb out.  Occasionally other people re-fill the baths and take out the 'untidy' rocks or stick, so they have to be replaced.  Presence of nearby vegetation is very important, so birds can check surroundings before diving in.

Anthea Fleming



On 4/01/2020 3:57 pm, Martin Butterfield wrote:

We had a red ceramic one and it was very popular.  I'd suggest new is the problem.




A friend was persuaded by his wife to replace their old concrete bird bath so he went to Bunnings and bought
a red ceramic one but the birds won't go anywhere near it.
Would it be the colour, that it is ceramic (slippery) or just that it is new?
David Robertson

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