I dump, wipe and refill Peaches' (lovebird) water dish twice every day. She loves taking baths and will dunk herself in the water dish every couple of days. My problem is that 'scum' that accumulates in the corners of the rectangular water dish no matter how often I wipe it. I use a tooth brush and hot water, but it still gets that red scummy stuff in the corners. It's hard to get out.
So I have a question. I have some of that stuff coffee services use to clean out a coffee pot. Just a drop and very hot water, swish, brush, rinse and a coffee pot (even burned ones) is sparkling clean. Do you think I could use this in her water dish? I realize birds are much more sensitive than people but this stuff seems to rinse out cleanly. Thoughts? Other suggestions?
Hint for you: Use 2 Efferdent tablets in your toilet (but the store brand is just fine) made for cleaning false teeth, give it a brush and flush. Much cheaper than toilet bowl cleaners Emotion: smile
Jill

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Are you giving her tap water?
I can't imagine that you clean the water dish twice daily with a toothbrush and can't keep it clean unless there's something very wrong with your water.
You shouldn't even have to use a toothbrush. If you change your bird's water twice a day and wash the water dish when you do it (regular soap and water), you should not be getting any kind of "red scummy stuff"!

Try giving her bottled water for a couple of days and see if it stops.

Lesley
Are you giving her tap water? I can't imagine that you clean the water dish twice daily with a toothbrush ... of "red scummy stuff"! Try giving her bottled water for a couple of days and see if it stops. Lesley

It's tap water and the weird thing is Memphis water is rated some of the best in the US. We are situated on top of a huge natural acquifer so it's like filtered water even before it gets to the water pumping/filtration stations. I don't really understand why the water dish gets scummy when I clean it so often. The same thing happens in my toilet bowls, too, if I don't brush them and drop some tablets in there a couple of times a week.

Buying bottled water sort of goes against my nature. I keep gallons on hand as backup for emergencies (living on top of an earthquake fault line and in tornado country will do that to you) but it seems weird to me to pay for something that comes practically free out of the tap. I've only ever bought a bottle of water for myself once, and that was in an airport when I was dying of thirst. A buck for a bottle of water. Huh. I saved the bottle and I refill it from the airport water fountains every time I take a trip LOL
Thank you for you comments, Lesley. Maybe I'll have to buy another bottle of water.
Jill
I know what you mean about not liking to BUY water..seems a waste. Perhaps you might like to buy a Brita (or other name/non name brand) Just to filter out the 'red stuff'? I guess it would be worth a try. At first it may cost a bit 20-, but you keep on using it and it costs less in the end. I am not a water expert, by any means, but could it be a rust build up? When I was a little girl my mother and I had tokeep up on the cleaning of the sinks, commodes and showers to keep the rust color down.

I may be WAAYYY off, but this is just a suggestion.Take a sample to your local extension office and see if they can check your water. You may want to call first and see if they have a kit for you to use. It, too, may cost a bit, but THEN you would know for sure! raizn4kids
A Brita is a good idea (someone else mentioned it), though it won't filter out really fine particulate iron or manganese particles (based on way too much first hand experience). Still, it improves the taste of the water and does remove quite a few impurities, and the price is very reasonable.
If you have a lot of flouride or other additives in your water, some bottled water might be a good idea. In my case my bird drinks what I drink, Brita filtered water.
It's not unusual to have to sponge out the scum every 3 days or so, and my bird never even bathes in the water. So you'll easily have to clean the dish more frequently if your bird drops a lot of stuff in the water. You mentioned she bathes in there, the waxy feather sheaths on new feathers would certainly muck up the water as the pieces break off. Also, if the bird dunks food in the water, that increases the rate of dish-dirtying.
Buy a couple more dishes, then you can put one in the dishwasher every other day. That should be safe assuming your dishwasher works well. I always rinse it out in the tap water anyway, just to be sure, and the dish washer not only cleans out scum, but helps kill germs with the bleach and heat. That is especially important for plastic dishes which get scratched and more easily harbor bacteria (as opposed to good stainless or ceramic dishes).
Consider giving her a bathing dish every morning (or every N mornings) in the bottom of her cage. You could pick any old piece of corningware from the kitchen. She might like that more (more room to splash around), and it might keep her out of the water dish.

Maybe some of these suggestions will work for you.
I also use tap water. My water tray also collects residue in its corners. I remove it with warm, soapy water and a Q-Tip.

As far as whether or not this water is safe for the dinos (sometimes called birds) to drink, I use a simple test: would I drink it?

Innominate
Buying bottled water sort of goes against my nature. I keep gallons on hand as backup for emergencies (living on ... I saved the bottle and I refill it from the airport water fountains every time I take a trip LOL

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Put them in the dishwasher once in awhile.
Dave
I also use tap water. My water tray also collects residue in its corners. I remove it with warm, soapy ... is safe for the dinos (sometimes called birds) to drink, I use a simple test: would I drink it? Innominate

Now why didn't I think of a Q-tip! Dang, I've been trying to use a toothbrush and it just doesn't fit into those corners! (I drink the tap water all day long.)
Jill
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