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Prevent Algae from Growing in Your Birdbath

By flaflwrgrl
December 10, 2011

To keep algae growth from your bird bath drop some pre-1982 copper pennies in. I have what I would call a normal size bird bath & I use 7 pennies. The reason for the pennies being pre-1982 is that before that year, the pennies contained copper, a natural algicide. You could also use a small length of copper pipe or tubing, or any other copper coin. I have found this to work extremely well with the exception of those times when the temperatures stay above 90 for extended periods. Copper is not safe for fish so this would not be a good thing to use in a fish aquarium or a pond that has fish in it.

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Dec 9, 2011 6:38 PM CST
I have a feeling that the racoons would steal mine, though. Hilarious!
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sheryl
Dec 9, 2011 7:35 PM CST
Wow, never heard of that one, great! Thanks!
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Marilyn
Dec 9, 2011 7:53 PM CST
I've been doing the pennies thing in our birdbath this year! Thumbs up
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Maridell
Dec 9, 2011 8:57 PM CST
"Starring" this one for next year!!! Thanks.
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 9, 2011 9:00 PM CST
KyWoods said:I have a feeling that the racoons would steal mine, though. Hilarious!


We had coons & the pennies never went missing. There were times though I would watch the Blue Jays pick them up & play with them but they always dropped them back in. You know blue jays --- they can't leave anything alone. Hilarious!

Thanks Sheryl & Maridell! Marilyn, I take it it's working for you huh?

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ge1836
Dec 10, 2011 4:43 AM CST
What a great tip.I'll try it. The red alge gets awful around July. Bath needs a weekly scrubbing.
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JuliaNY
Dec 10, 2011 9:49 AM CST
Thumbs up Great tip. I'll try it this coming season.
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Dec 10, 2011 11:10 AM CST
I may try it just to watch the blue jays play with them! Rolling on the floor laughing
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SongofJoy
Dec 10, 2011 12:20 PM CST
I do this and find it helpful. I don't have to clean the birdbaths nearly as often.
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CarolineScott
Dec 12, 2011 1:50 AM CST
Thanks for the idea.
The pennies deter slugs too.
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flaflwrgrl
Dec 12, 2011 5:26 AM CST
Thanks for relating the experience Tee. Caroline, I had not heard that about the slugs; however I never had a slug in my birdbath.
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Dec 12, 2011 7:40 AM CST
Of course not, you have pennies in your birdbath!!!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing

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Dec 12, 2011 8:12 AM CST
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Dec 12, 2011 9:28 AM CST
Does it work for cats?? Hilarious!
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Dec 12, 2011 9:40 AM CST
Don't I wish!!!!!!!! Whistling
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Marilyn
Dec 14, 2011 12:47 AM CST
flaflwrgrl said:

We had coons & the pennies never went missing. There were times though I would watch the Blue Jays pick them up & play with them but they always dropped them back in. You know blue jays --- they can't leave anything alone. Hilarious!

Thanks Sheryl & Maridell! Marilyn, I take it it's working for you huh?



I only had 4 pennies in it, no wonder it wasn't really doing much of anything. It's helping a little, but with 4 pennies, it's not enough. *Blush* After I read to add 7 copper pennies, I thought (and then forgot) to look for the copper ones to add. Still need to do that. *Blush*

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flaflwrgrl
Dec 14, 2011 5:54 AM CST
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billyporter
Dec 15, 2011 6:38 AM CST
Hmmm, I was pretty cheap too, with 5 pennies, LOL!! Every where the penny sat it was clean underneath tho :o)
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sheryl
Dec 15, 2011 7:48 AM CST
I'm thinking of making a bath with copper in it, lol...
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Name: Renée
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KyWoods
Dec 15, 2011 8:45 AM CST
Hey, you could take a couple dollars worth of pennies and hammer 'em all out flat to cover the whole bottom! Rolling on the floor laughing

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