Shade, water, sand.
It’s not only us humans who suffer in the heat wave, but also the feathered guests of your garden. You can not only help them by feeding them in winter, but you can also help them survive the heat with a few small things!
We tell you about 4 important things below:
1. Provide shade
In the greatest heat, birds look for the shadows of bushes and trees. In such cases, they conserve their energy: they barely move, because even with muscle work, they only warm up their bodies. That is why it is important to include many shady, cool areas in the design of the garden, which provide shelter in the heat.
2. Offer drinking water
Just like people, birds need to drink a lot in the summer heat. Place a clay pot tray or a flat ceramic plate filled with water in the garden. The depth of the water should be 2.5-7 cm, in no case more than 10 cm. The drinking bowl should be stable and the bottom should be rough so that the bird cannot slide into it. To avoid danger, you can put a stone in the middle of the drinking bowl. Birds only use the drinker when they feel safe, so it is important to place it in a spot where cats or rats do not roam.
It is important to regularly change the water in the bird drinker and keep the container clean. Diseases can spread quickly and easily in a dirty drinking bowl. In hot weather, check the water daily! Clean with boiled water and let the container dry completely in the sun before refilling. It is ideal to have two drinking bowls and swap them while you’re cleaning one.
3. Cool air and a foot bath are good
Birds do not sweat even when they overheat, as they cannot shed their feathers: they can only dissipate heat on the head, feet and body without feathers. For this reason, many birds look for cold air and cooling air currents in the hope of cooling off. Waterfowl often stand with their feet in the cooling water.
Pools, rainwater tanks and garden ponds can also trap animals, causing them to perish. Especially dangerous are pools with smooth, straight walls, from which they cannot escape. Therefore, cover these water surfaces. And on their edge, place a climbing device placed at an angle and equipped with cross bars.
4. The sand bath is extra fun
Some birds, such as sparrows or robins, also like to bathe in sand: this helps to clean their feathers of parasites. Create a sandy bathing area in a sunny place and ensure that the sand is changed regularly (every few weeks).