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Thursday, November 6, 2014

How to keep algae out of the bird bath

This is my first year having birdfeeders in my backyard and I am loving it - I just didn't realize how complicated it is to make sure you get the results you want. 

FYI - I have no idea where I read this, but I put about 5 copper pennies in my birdbath and it cuts down a lot on algae buildup. Any reason not to do this? - Marilyn

The best way to keep your bird bath clean is to change the water every other day and give it a good scrubbing. Algae isn’t the only thing that collects in baths and it is always good to offer fresh water to the birds.

Because your birdbath is not the sole source of water for wild birds, the copper pennies should not harm them. On a side note, if your penny has a date before 1982, it is made of 95% copper. If the date is 1983 or later, it is made of 97.5% zinc and plated with a thin copper coating. It might be easier to find copper if you visit the plumbing section of a hardware store for a copper elbow or adapter.

How do I keep my birdbath clean?
Birdbath Cleaning Brush This 8" brush is well suited for cleaning birdbaths, as well as for many other household uses. It has stiff, tough polypropylene bristles that will do the job well, and features a comfortable molded poly handle.

Bird Bath Protector is a bio-enzymatic product specially formulated for birdbaths. Prevents organic contaminants from forming including white scale deposits, iron, copper and hard water stains. It helps to prevent the buildup of stains and mineral deposits on the birdbath surfaces, while it also keeps water clear and free from the organic debris that can make the water cloudy.

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