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We have a nature preserve 1/2 a block down the road, and the trees (and porch lights) around our house are home to many birds. For ultimate pest control, we have to make sure we keep our feathered friends as happy as possible.

Algae has been a major issue for our bird bath, and let’s face it, I don’t want to scrub the bird bath often. Last Spring, I found a link on Pinterest that mentioned pennies (minted before 1982) would help keep our birdbath clean by preventing algae from growing. Although we saw immediate results, we wanted to see how it worked over the course of a year.

Pennies in Birdbath

Pennies in Birdbath

I am curious if this also works with UK pennies (and other countries) since I’d love to add a 2p coin to the mix. Riotflower, care to give it a try and send feedback (BTW Happy Birthday!)?

The only slight set back was when our sweet niece thought she found the “Find a Penny, Take a Penny” jackpot (she was so thrilled!), and I had to search for more pre-1982 pennies for the birdbath. You’d be surprised how many pennies you may have to go through to find them!

Young Wifey