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16/06/2013 at 14:31

What is the red stuff in my bird bath? Is it safe for the birds? If not, what should I do about it?

16/06/2013 at 15:01

A photo might help?

And what is your bath made of?

16/06/2013 at 15:40

i was given a concrete birdbath (second hand) it had a red staining under the water level, i filled it with hot water and gave it a scrub no detergent emptied an filled with cold i dont know what it was it hasn't come back yet but if it dose i will do the same again

16/06/2013 at 20:25

Its in the cement, you can sometimes see house walls the same, just keep it scrubbed out.

16/06/2013 at 20:32

Yes we had one and it was the same. Just scrub it clean now and again. Think I used a bit of my famous 'liquid for dishes'  and just rinsed it out well.

17/06/2013 at 00:22

It's an algae, I get it in my concrete birdbath too. A good scrub gets rid of it for a little while and it's always good practice to use a wildlife friendly disinfectant as you would with bird feeders which seems to help. Whether it does any harm I don't know but I find that regular changing of the water and goo hygiene keeps it at bay.

17/06/2013 at 05:41

We've had it also. it seems to form a crust on the concrete which can be blasted off with a strong water jet. I hadn't thought about disinfectant as we have only used the jet washer using just water. I will take a look and see what's out there also.

17/06/2013 at 06:01

Yes, we get it in our birdbath from time to time - a good scrub and some fresh water seems to deal with it, and yes, regular changes of water. 

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