My DIY solar fountain hummingbird bath works so well for such an easy project that I had to share. You can easily do this and what is great is you don’t need anywhere to plug in for electricity!
My DIY solar fountain hummingbird bath was a hit on Instagram and Facebook so I thought I really should share how I did it. It is so easy and economical. When I thought up this idea I knew I wanted to use mostly things I had on hand rather than investing in new pieces. So I scrounged around my garden supplies, basement treasures and even took apart other things I had made. (the terra cotta dish came from my Terra Cotta Pot fountain) Don’t worry I will replace it.
UPDATE: see the update on my fountain at the end of this post
Start with a deep container, I used a galvanize vintage tub. Mine is about 24 3/4″ across the top and 12 to 18 inches deep.
I wanted to use the larger size tub so I could fit a terra cotta dish in it for the birds to land on.
I bought this Solar fountain from Amazon. I wanted solar as there is no plug out here and I did not want to drag an extension cord into the garden.
Several spray pattern heads come with it so use the one you like. I chose this one as it has the finest spray which I thought would work best for hummingbirds. (the other tips will get tested to see which I like the best).
I put the tip on at an angle for a reason which you will see later.
Items I had on hand
The other items in my DIY hummingbird bath fountain are a terra cotta dish with some stones in it and an ordinary black pot.
Putting it all together
I used a pot that was nearly the same height as my tub. I sunk it down into the water upside down and let it fill so it would stay under.
Next I place the dish and stones on top of the submerged pot and place it so the fountain spray will hit into the dish.
I tilt the dish so it will drain into the tub.
The solar fountain has a bit of room to move in front of the dish and sometimes it turns and sprays outside of the tub but since the tub is so deep it doesn’t run out of water. It just waters the flowers around it.
Now that I have had this running for several weeks I can say I love it and so does the birds and bees. The Hummers now come looking for the spray each morning before the sun has even risen over the trees to get it going.
I just created another for my front garden and tried a different solar fountain. It was a few dollars cheaper but it does not have as powerful of a spray and so far the hummingbirds are not using it. I could try elevating the tub but I think I would rather just purchase the same solar fountain that I used for this one in the post.
Update:I have removed the terra cotta dish. The bees liked it but the other birds go to another shallower dish for their bath and did not really use this one plus when the water level would go down the solar fountain would slide under the dish creating shade on it then it would turn off.
Let me know if you make one! I think there is so many ways we can take this idea.
FYI: Some have commented that they got one that did not work. First, there is a protective film covering the top of the fountain that needs to be removed and sometimes air gets trapped in the pump. Let it run in water without the fountain head on it, the trapped air will move out then put on the tube and cap that creates the spray. I have purchased 3 and have friends that bought 2 and so far every one has worked but they did get air locks and needed to be “burped”.
Happy Gardening and Hummingbird watching!
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PS: want more DIY bird baths See Here