Of Bird Baths and Social Media: It’s Not the Tools

by Ken Mueller on June 20, 2013 · 10 comments

Of Bird Baths and Social Media: It's Not the ToolsWe have a bird bath in the back yard. It came with the house when we moved in a few months ago. It’s filled with water, and is sitting in the garden. I’ve cleaned it and changed the water a few times. It looks really nice and inviting. Well, I mean, if you’re a bird.

So where are the birds?

Not once has a single bird ever stepped foot in this thing, at least as far as I can tell. I’ve had bird baths before and seen plenty of birds using them. But not this one.

None. Zero. Zilch.

I have the birdbath, where are the birds??

I know they’re there. I mean, as I sit here typing, I can hear them outside. They sure make plenty of noise.

So what’s missing? I don’t know, but I could probably find out by messing around with different things, or consulting a bird expert. Maybe I need to to put up some well-stocked bird feeders to draw them in. Maybe I need certain types of plants. Or maybe some of the plants that I do have actually keep the birds away. Then again, this is also the yard that my dog wanders. Maybe he’s keeping them away.

I have no clue, but if I really want to see some success, I’ll need to do some research, experimentation, and probably consult an expert.

Just putting a birdbath outside and filling it with water doesn’t mean the birds will come flocking.

Now about your Facebook page, your accounts on Twitter and Pinterest, and your other social accounts online….


Since this is also about social, online, etc., let's go through the usual questions that I go through with clients:

1. Does the customer urgently need it? Why? Can they get it elsewhere?

Are there bodies of water nearby?

2. Is it visible and/or audible? Is it's utility visible and obvious? 

Does it sparkle? Does it bubble, froth and ring?

3. Is it user-friendly? Usable? Easy to use? Is there added value?

How deep is the water? How fresh? Is a feeder nearby?

4. Is it safe to use?

Are there dogs, cats or other predators that move within 100 yards of the birdbath? 

5. What is the result you want and how much are you willing to invest in that objective?

Do you want to see birds? Do you just want birds to be happy? What about butterflies? 

I'm getting wonderful, magical results from my new gardens. Birds, bees, butterflies, fireflies, lady bugs, bats, etc. But the fruit can only be good as the works.

Of course, I've spent about $4000 so far and I put in a minimum of two hours/day in the yard - 7 days/week for going on three months now. And there was a hundred hours of reading, talking to master gardeners, etc.

Ken, I wish you success in all your good endeavors


This reminds me to refill our hummingbird feeder... :-)


LOVE this! The "build it and they will come" (or in this case, fill it and they will come, haha) isn't enough in business. One of my fave posts, and you know I like them all! Cheers! Kaarina

KenMueller moderator

@KDillabough Thanks! I looked at the bird bath the other day, and this is what came to me. go figure.

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