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Sep 17, 2016 9:33 AM CST
How often should apple cider vinegar be added to the birdbath to prevent algae growth
Name: Porkpal
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Sep 17, 2016 10:54 AM CST
Do birds like vinegar?
Name: Deb
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Sep 17, 2016 11:04 AM CST
Warm welcome, Frank. Hope you enjoy this site.

I put AC vinegar in my chicken waterer along with a clove of garlic - they seem to prefer this water over the plain water in their larger metal waterer (the vinegar would react with the metal). In your birdbath, I'd just put a small amount in whenever you refill it. My ratio is one capful of vinegar to 1 gallon water. Supposedly helps with general health of the hens, so would likely be good for the wild birds as well. Here's a prior discussion:
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Name: Donna
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Sep 17, 2016 5:45 PM CST

I had white pigeons (white dove release) and that is recommended to keep them healthy. Every third watering add some Apple Cider Vinegar...
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Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
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Sep 17, 2016 8:36 PM CST
Someone posted a tip on this site a while back to use pure copper pennies ... I believe they had to be before 1972 ... in your bird bath to keep it algae free. I tried it a couple of summers ago and it worked.

I don't have a bird bath any more because I ended up with more wood peckers than I wanted ... Smiling
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Name: Christine
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Sep 18, 2016 6:14 AM CST
Personally I wouldnt add anything to the water, I take a wet rag and hot water and wipe it clean, and then add clean water. Welcome! Frank
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Sep 18, 2016 7:54 AM CST
My husband has a scrub brush that he uses specifically for the birdbath. He scrubs it out every week or two.

Oct 15, 2016 7:05 AM CST
Thanks for all the advice about apple cider vinegar Hurray! Hurray!
Southeast OK (Zone 7b)
Oct 15, 2016 7:26 AM CST
Wow. Who knew? Thanks for all the info folks. I have a birdbath that I really haven't used yet but when I do next season, I'll know to do this. I suppose that's why I love this forum. I learn the neatest things.

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