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May 25, 2014 4:39 PM CST
Will that harm dogs and cats, mine drink out of it.

Name: Tara
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May 25, 2014 4:46 PM CST
The pennies that are made today, I think are not copper, but made of zinc, and who knows what else...mostly Zinc, and a bit of copper...I don't believe that there would be any harm to your animals...But you also will not see any benefit in your birdbath...It would be the copper that would help in keeping it clean...Pennies have little to no copper in them today...

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May 25, 2014 5:38 PM CST Admin

The old 1982 and earlier pennies are made of copper and they will not harm any animals. The water lines in most homes are made of pure copper. Thumbs up

May 25, 2014 9:05 PM CST
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May 28, 2014 4:28 PM CST
If you can't find old pennies, hardware stores have lots of copper items. Even a small slice from copper tubing has plenty of copper in it to protect a bird-bath.

If they don't sell copper tubing by the foot, there should be some cheap copper fittings or small spools of copper wire in the electrical department. Maybe some plumbing fittings are copper and not brass.

You might want to avoid brass since it always contains zinc, and sometimes 1-2% lead or some aluminum. Whether or not those are toxic, they will slow down the copper from oxidizing and preventing algae.
Name: Terri Hamilton
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May 28, 2014 7:53 PM CST
You can buy pennies from a bank and sort through them. :)

I just heard a podcast the other day about people who do that as much as they possibly can and hoard the pre-1982 pennies in hopes that someday soon the U.S. government will abolish the penny and they can be legally sold for their copper content. Blinking
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