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Tips & Advice : Why do birds need water?
Water's An Essential Requirement
You need to ensure your garden birds always have access to a constant supply of fresh clean water even in winter. Water is an essential to your bird’s health both for drinking and bathing.
Birds need water to keep their feathers in good condition, ensuring they are in good condition helps them with body insulation during those cold winter nights.
During the winter don't forget birds need water to help wash down their food, as diets in winter are usually drier than in the summer when juicy insects are readily available.
Water can be made readily available from a suitable container such as bird baths, these are commercially sold and designed for the purpose. It’s important that the container is regularly cleaned and the water replaced to keep it fresh.
Remember that in the winter water can freeze quiet easily and you should therefore break the ice or replace with fresh water daily, to ensure their valuable source of water does not dry up – remember your garden birds rely on you to help them during these cold winter months.