Bird bath

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


  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    A photo might help?

    And what is your bath made of?

  • little-annlittle-ann Posts: 878

    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

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 14,113

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

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 25,228

    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' image and just rinsed it out well.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • TootsietimTootsietim Posts: 178

    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.

  • Keyser SozeKeyser Soze Posts: 126

    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.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 55,054

    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. image

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