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Keep Birdbaths Fresh and Clean

Tips to keep bird bath clean copper pennies algae products from pet store and copper pieces

Keep Birdbaths Fresh and Clean

I’m a little embarrassed to say that my birdbath is a mess right now.  Overtime, 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 birdbaths fresh and clean.

One weeks time and well, I am left wondering why I even bother to have a bird bath.  Well, that WAS me two years ago.  Fast forward to today.  It is clean.

Want to know the secret?  It is E-A-S-Y!


Start With a Fresh Bird Bath

To Clean a Birdbath
  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.

Now Comes Choices For Additions

1.) Pennies

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 in a bird bath.

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.


2.) Copper Pieces

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 a little 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 a little over a week – it helps!


3.) Algae Inhibitor

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. It also keeps water free of mosquitos.  Order on Amazon

A win, win. (You can’t use this in a metal bird bath though, sorry.)


4.) Hydrogen Peroxide 

Add a couple of capfuls of hydrogen peroxide to your bird bath water.

Hydrogen peroxide is safe for birds. The sun breaks it down into water and oxygen.

NO BLEACH! IT IS HARMFUL!


5.) Use Running Water

Solar powered pumps, bubblers and fountain systems help to create flowing water. Stagnant water will grow bacteria and algae quicker.

As an added bonus, mosquitoes  will not lay eggs in flowing water.


6.) Reduce Plant Debris

Reduce overhead trees and shrubs above your bird bath. Leaves, pine needles, branches, seeds and nuts drop into bathes and contaminate water.

Just as partial shade reduces the chance of bacteria from invading your hummingbird feeders, knowing a few tips & tricks will also slow the growth of algae in a bird bath.


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.  Which way will work for you?


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