Ask a Question forum: Apple cider vinegar in bird bath

Views: 821, Replies: 8 » Jump to the end

FrankAult
Sep 17, 2016 9:33 AM CST
How often should apple cider vinegar be added to the birdbath to prevent algae growth
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Keeper of Poultry Farmer Roses Raises cows
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
porkpal
Sep 17, 2016 10:54 AM CST
Do birds like vinegar?
Porkpal
Name: Deb
Planet Earth, Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Ferns Dragonflies Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Dog Lover Native Plants and Wildflowers Keeper of Poultry Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level
Image
Bonehead
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: http://garden.org/ideas/view/f...
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Donna
Mid Shore, Maryland (Zone 7a)
Houseplants Region: Maryland Orchids Bee Lover Hummingbirder Frogs and Toads
Native Plants and Wildflowers Butterflies Spiders! Dog Lover Garden Procrastinator Vegetable Grower
Image
Shy_gardener
Sep 17, 2016 5:45 PM CST
WELCOME

I had white pigeons (white dove release) and that is recommended to keep them healthy. Every third watering add some Apple Cider Vinegar...
"No more bees, No pollination.... No more men!" ~ Albert Einstein
[Last edited by Shy_gardner - Sep 18, 2016 6:31 AM (+)]
Give a thumbs up | Quote | Post #1275090 (4)
Name: Lyn
Weaverville, California (Zone 8a)
Garden Ideas: Level 1 Garden Sages Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
RoseBlush1
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
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.
Name: Christine
Saugerties, NY zone 5a
Charter ATP Member Hostas Container Gardener Hummingbirder Cat Lover Birds
Region: New York Lover of wildlife (Black bear badge) Dog Lover Tropicals
Image
Christine
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
(Zone 8b)
Image
sallysmom
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.

FrankAult
Oct 15, 2016 7:05 AM CST
Thanks for all the advice about apple cider vinegar Hurray! Hurray!
Southeast OK (Zone 7b)
Image
KarenHolt
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.

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

Username:

Password:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by ge1836 and is called "woodpile coleus"