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Thread: Putting out thread and scraps for birds?

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    Super Member Roberta's Avatar
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    I put batting that is cut into tiny pieces. I used to use my Dog Hunter's fur and I sometimes use thread, cut in very small lengths. I keep mine out all year and put the "stash" in a metal suet holder. A goldfinch has been taking the leftover fur and string out of it for a few weeks to build her nest.

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    We used to have a cotton hammock and the chickadees would pull fibers out for their nests.

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    Early spring, when the birds are building nests.

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    Cut the scraps longish and narrow. The birds weave them!
    That shape, like snippets of yarn, are easier for the birds to poke and weave into a nest.

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    I did this when my daughter had a new litter of hamsters, way back when (in the early 90's). They loved the bits of fabric and thread for nesting BUT we ended up untangling tiny, fragile baby hamster legs from thread and one ended up with three legs when it was all over; the 4th leg had the circulation cut off for too long. I just can't put out thread for any species after that trauma! I put out small scraps but not thread leftovers.

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    I usually put out in the spring March/April May at latest. My great dgranddaughter found a nest today that had fallen out of one of our trees. We saw dog, cat and horse hair in it. Some thin ribbons and string. Also some of the crinkle paper strips used in gift wrapping. This builder was bery busy decorating her nest with different things. Take care.
    Linda

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    Late winter, early spring. The thread, but not the scraps. If it rains, the scraps stay damp and can make the nest moldy

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