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Thread: Share you fabrics, yarn, ribbon etc. with the birds (birds nests)

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    Great idea. I have been doing that for years with the hair I brush out of the long haired dogs.

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    I do this little extra love for the birds. In the early spring I do this around nest building time.

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    I do this with my own hair!! I have enough for about 4 heads :D

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    Actually, my understanding is that fabric strips (and I would think ribbon) are very bad for baby birds. Unlike natural materials such as grass and twigs, water soaks into fabric instead of beading up and running off of it. As a result, the fabric strips stay wet too long and the baby birds catch pneumonia. I'm pretty sure wool and yarn would be bad for the same reason. (Hair would be okay, I think.)

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    Interesting. I'll try to do that.

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    I did this with my mop by accident.It keep getting smaller and smaller,but it was so much fun watching th birds getting the strings loose.They are such hard little workers!

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    Thanks!

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    I always save the lint out of my dryer for those little guys,
    it is warm and soft for them!

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    excellent idea, to save the lint

    Quote Originally Posted by ladyshuffler
    I always save the lint out of my dryer for those little guys,
    it is warm and soft for them!

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    I love to sit in the window and watch the Goldfinch's take mouthfuls of polyester batting out to build their nests. When we clean our the nest boxes each year they have weaved the cloth, batting and strings cut short into warm and cozy nests.

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    It's tough to find good information on the net about what to offer birds for nesting. Here is some information I found on the Cornell website:
    http://www.allaboutbirds.org/NetComm...ingbirds-other

    and here is what they say about dryer lint:
    Some laundry detergents and fabric softeners may leave harmful residues. We donít recommend offering dryer lint.

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    Love this!! We feed and water our birds and I keep a wild area (unmowed part of the yard) for the ground birds (quilt, pheasant and grouse). This is just one more way to treat my birdies!

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