How to Make a Homemade Bird Bath or Sand Bath

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How to Make a Homemade Bird Bath or Sand Bath
A bird bath is a thoughtful way to help small creatures like birds. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Creating items which help even the smallest creatures of the animal kingdom is a suitable way of enhancing the world around you. For example, it can be difficult for a bird to find clean water to drink and bathe in, which makes a birdbath a thoughtful item to have in your yard or home. Likewise, a simple sand bath can help you remove grease and dirt from your pet hamster or a comparable animal's fur. You don't need to rely on pet supply stores for either of these items, but can quite easily make them yourself.

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Things you need

  • Hanging basket
  • Pie plate
  • Tree
  • Water
  • Step-stool or ladder
  • Shallow disposable container
  • Hamster or chinchilla sand

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    Bird Bath

  1. 1

    Place the pie plate into the hanging basket. Hang the basket from a nearby branch in your yard. The branch should be high enough that predators, such as dogs or cats, can't reach it.

  2. 2

    Pour warm, clean water onto the pie plate. You might need to stand on a step-stool or ladder if the basket is arranged quite high. Make sure that the water level in the pie plate isn't deeper than 3 inches.

  3. 3

    Refresh the water daily, or twice a day in the summer months when water can evaporate quickly. Check the water level daily. If birds frequent your bird bath often, they will splash a lot of the water out of it, making it necessary to refill it.

    Sand Bath

  1. 1

    Fill a small, shallow container about twice the size of your hamster with chinchilla or hamster sand. You can find this type of sand at pet stores.

  2. 2

    Remove your hamster or small pet from its cage and place it in the shallow container. Let the hamster roll around in the sand; this activity will remove any dirt from its fur.

  3. 3

    Dust your hamster off very gently, removing the sand from its body. Repeat this procedure whenever your hamster's fur looks greasy.

Tips and warnings

  • Never use just any old sand to clean your pet as it could contain harmful bacteria or parasites.

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