Clever Idea… MINE!

Not only for the safety of little thirsty critters, I’d really rather not have to deal with picking dead animals out of water buckets at 5AM in the morning.  Here’s the brainstorm I came up with to end this dilemma once and for all.


Water is scarce in the desert and I don’t like wasting this precious and costly resource. I re-use water from the horse troughs for the birds and small wildlife that visit our ranch. Even condensation from the AC unit is caught in a bucket for watering plants. But this practice can be a death trap for birds and small wildlife who fall in and drown. Just in the last week I found a Prairie Dog and two birds dead in buckets of collected water.


Bucket Grate 2

Flat back bucket & paint can grate

It’s called a paint can grate, I found it at Home Depot where the rollers and paint brushes are. It hangs nicely on the side of a flat back bucket and provides a perfectly suitable ladder.

I guess a tree branch would work just fine… if we had any sturdy trees around here. LOL 🙂


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amy elizabeth, writer, author, antique dealer. Lives in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert on a small hobby farm.
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10 Responses to Clever Idea… MINE!

  1. Looks like a good idea! Hugs

  2. Littlesundog says:

    I’ve used similar “junk” around here to make an escape for animals/birds that fall in our water vessels. This is a GREAT idea! I’ll be picking a few of these up next trip to town!

  3. Cool idea my friend! You should send it into Mother Earth news for those who raise critters.

  4. bulldog says:

    You are so enterprising… well done…

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