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Birdbaths can be a welcome addition to your outdoor design. However, they should be cleaned out regularly to avoid bacteria build-up from the animals feeding from it.
Try to wash it out once a week, being sure to thoroughly rinse it off before refilling it with fresh water. This is also true of bird feeders. Replace the feed inside every few weeks or so to stem the buildup of bacteria and to root out any unnecessary insects from making a home inside of the feeder.