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Re: birdbath

I believe the "brown yuck" is one of the brown algae. I have a similar problem, even though I scrub it regularly. It stains, too, so there is always some brown left. Not dangerous to birds, though, just annoying to neatniks like me. As to your huge one - I put a proportionally large, flat stone in the middle of mine, making an island, that way the small birds have a perch near the water.
On Sunday, July 13, 2003, at 11:45 PM, Kitty wrote:

I have 3 birdbaths. The main one is a huge stone dish. The robins and jays
love it, but as I watch the smaller birds, they seem fearful that it is too
deep. The smaller stone one would be better for them, but being further
from the house I forget ot keep it filled. Then there's the one out front -
the one that causes me to write.

This is one of those super heavy one piece jobs with a leaf pattern
traveling from the bowl down the base; very common. However, it is blue and
I don't really know what it is made of; just assumed it was formed from
cement with pigment added. The problem is that as soon as you add water to
the bowl it begins to develop a rusty brown yuck. By the next day it is
filthy - and not from the birds. Has anyone else come across this problem?
I'm concerned that the water might be unsafe for the birds, but also becuase
I've seen my cats drink from it - even when fresh clean water is available.

Do you think this bath is safe or should I stop filling it?


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