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Keep Birdbaths Fresh and Clean

Keep Birdbaths Fresh and Clean

Keep Birdbaths Fresh and Clean

I’m a little embarrassed to say that my birdbath is a mess right now.  Over time, the summer weather turns hot and I get “busy.”  Too busy to stay on top of cleaning a bird bath.  If I am not out there to change the water every day it isn’t easy to keep bird baths fresh and clean.

One weeks time and well, I am left wondering why I even bother to have a bird bath. Filling the bath is easy – but keeping on top of cleaning it as the season goes on, that is another story. At one point, I said I SHOULDN’T HAVE ONE.




 

Keep Bird Baths Fresh & Clean Using a Few Tricks

Fast Forward Two Years

Well, that WAS me two years ago.  Fast forward to today.  The bird bath is clean and most importantly, safe for my birds.

Want to know some secrets?  They are E-A-S-Y!

Robin taking a bath

 

 

Start With a Fresh Bird Bath

 

1.) Start with a clean bird bath.  Want to know how to clean your bird bath?  Click here.

2.) Fill the birdbath with fresh water.

 

Robin Fresh From Bath





Now Comes Choices:


1.) Pennies

Copper Pennies Before 1982 Inhibit Algae Growth in Birdbath - Throw a handful of pennies that date BEFORE Why 1982?  Pennies before 1982 were made from real copper.  Copper will slow the growth of algae.


Get your penny jars out!  Look for a handful of pennies that have a date BEFORE 1982.  Pennies before 1982 were made from real copper.  Copper will slow the growth of algae. I got about 5-6 days of no algae growth.  Better than nothing.




 

2.) Copper Pipe

Copper Pipe & Pipe Fitting Inhibit Algae Growth in Birdbath - Throw a few copper pipe fittings left over from a home improvement projects in the bottom of the birdbath.  Like the pennies, the copper pipe fittings work to slow the growth. Copper will not stop the growth entirely but going from a few days to over a week - it helps!


Throw a few copper pipe fittings that are left over from a home improvement project in the bottom of the birdbath.  Like the pennies, the copper pipe fittings work to slow the growth. Copper will not stop the growth entirely but going from a few days to almost ten days – it helps! Longer lasting than penny option.

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3.) Algae Inhibitor

Magic Bullet to Keeping Birdbath Algae Free - Add a few drops per gallon to your bird bath.  Algaecide is safe for all plants and harmless to birds and wildlife. It also keeps water free of mosquitos.  Order on Amazon

Make a trip to the pet store.  Add a few drops per gallon to your bird bath.  Algaecide is safe for all plants and harmless to birds and wildlife at least the one that is marked safe. It also keeps water free of mosquitos. Huge for me. A win, win. Can’t find it locally? —> Order on Amazon

Even though I used a specific product & linked to it, this is not a paid sponsorship posting – this is a product I personally use but I am linking to as a partner of Amazon. 

 

Heads Up For Metal Bird Baths
I just wanted to note that all the brands I have purchased state you can’t use in a metal bird bath, just a heads up because I don’t want to waste your time looking for something you can’t use. There may be one – but you should read all fine print and really ask before purchasing.

I don’t have anything growing in my bird bath and it makes me feel much better about having that clean source in my backyard. I’m being more responsible 🙂

 

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Which Way Will Work for You?

I started using the penny option.  It works.  It gave me more time.  Then, I was picking up dog food and asked at the pet store, after all, they are the pet experts – algae inhibitor was the magic bullet 🙂

For me, I like the NO algae option but it HAD to be safe for wildlife  Which way will work for you?

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