The birdbath: In or out

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  1. Petronius

    Petronius In Flower

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    If you have a cement birdbath outdoors, do you store it inside for the winter?
     
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    We don't have a cement birdbath as the birds use our pond for bathing and drinking. I wouldn't imagine though that you would need to take a cement one indoors for winter.
     
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    @Petronius we did have one it was our first in the back garden and it was always outside even through the winter.

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    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

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    What?? Deprive the birds of ice skating parties, snowball fights, and ice sailing? It has been outside for over 25 years. Hawks, turkeys and various forms of wildlife have stopped for a drink or winter event. There it will stay.

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    A lady I worked for had a cement birdbath in the back yard. Every Autumn she had me put it inside her garage.
     
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    She would do mate because after so long in cold weather and ice they eventually crack...I filled ours up one morning and when I looked out the kitchen window half the water had gone but the slabs wasn't wet from when the birds wash them...went and took a look there was a crack around the base developing and the water was going down the stem.
     
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    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

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    Over time, the weather is often not kind to many cement structures that hold water. My solution was developed by Romans engineers over 2000 years ago and has kept my birdbath from becoming a landfill item for an archeologist to unearth 2000 years from now. Opus caementicium is a type of hydraulic setting cement. Volcanic ash prevents cracking and allows for repair of existing cracks. A modern form is available at your local big box home improvement center.

    Jerry
     
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    Interesting @Jerry Sullivan. I have never heard of that. I faithfully lug our 4 (yes, 4! Whose crazy idea is that?!?) in and out every spring and fall.
     
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