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Thread: Putting out thread and scraps for birds?

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    Super Member mommafank's Avatar
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    I have seen on here some mention saving threads and little bits of fabric to put out for the birds to use in making nests. I am just wondering what time of year and where do you put them. Thanks to all for your input.

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    I chop them up with my rotary cutter and put some out in the spring when the birds are coming back.

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    Usually in the spring when they are building nests.

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    Is there a special place outside or several places?

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    Make sure you cut them into short pieces (3" or so). Longer pieces can cause trouble if an animal decides to eat it.

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    I sprinkle then on the bushes and place them near a water spot, I also have an old bird feeder that is flat that I out them on.

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    Am sure someone with more information will add something to this thread. Had heard about string not being strong enough. Also, could strangle the new birdies if they get caught in it. Perhaps bits of fabric is better.

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    With everything there is PRO's and CON's..

    I use a 'cutie' orange bag- mesh like bag with big holes so they can pull out a sliver of fabric.. Mine stays up for a while.. never know when a birdie loses a nest and needs to re-build..


    downside I've heard but doesn't deter me:

    wont dry like twigs and baby birds freeze to death :roll:
    baby birds mistake thread for food and choke.. :roll:
    im sure someone else will chime in with more negatives...

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    I have never thought about putting out fabric or thread.

    I do put out the dogs hair from when I brush them (and there is lots of that). ;)

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    Dryer lint is good to. I use those net bags that vegies come it sometimes.

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