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B3B3 Posts: 26,485
I've just taken the handle off an old nonstick frying pan to make a bird bath.
I have an old plain metal wok too. Would it do the birds any harm when it rusts?
In London. Keen but lazy.


  • That's funny, on the Ken Bruce show I heard someone the other day complaining that they'd finally bought a proper bird bath and yet the birds preferred the old frying pan they'd been 'making do' with. 😅
    "To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul." — Alfred Austin
  • WeaveyDaveyWeaveyDavey Posts: 575
    In addition to the 'official masonry birdbath, the avian visitors to my garden also 'rough it' in an upturned rubber dustbin lid, metal ditto and a preformed 3-tier plastic cascade/pool running off a very slow drip/ leak originating from the garden tap! All tastes are catered for with practically no queueing &/or bickering evident!!
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,485
    Is rust ok?
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • gjautosgjautos Posts: 426
    We have an old saucepan we use as a bird bath. Hedgehogs and foxes, and possibly local cats all use it too. Its rusty but I make sure the water is fresh and as far as I'm aware no harm has come to any animals. I suspect they wouldn't drink from it if had caused any problems. Animals are generally pretty smart.
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,485
    I'll find somewhere for the wok too. Thank you.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • FireFire Posts: 17,348
    edited March 2021
    I never see birds never use my little pond but they go for the dodgy guttering above it. This is possibly because of the hoard of local cats prowling about.
  • We have some plants outside that need to sit in water all the time and the birds love to come down to drink and then splash around.
    The plants sit in an very old container and the birds appear to be ok.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,955
    The poster previous to you likes to dredge up old threads @bertrand-mabel - usually to advertise by putting links into the posts.
    I'd not pay much attention to him or what he says. He's not in the UK either, so much of it doesn't even apply to the majority of forum posters.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,860
    Strange that Steve says he works for US fisheries but has a French email location. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,955
    Is it so bad that you've resorted to quoting and answering yourself @mrsteveearsom  :D

    Oh yes - and you've done it so that you can add the link. What a surprise....
    Spammer deluxe award

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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