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    I don't know about you, but quilting has brought out the most frugal part of myself. I've begun to hoard things related to sewing and I'm about to turn my sewing room into a "path room" with all this stuff. Anyway . . . I read something recently that will help me to get rid of my little crumbs, tiny slivers of fabric that I cut off the edges of yardage, and my thread throw-aways.

    I can't remember where I heard about this, and so I apologize if it was here and I'm double posting. I got a hanging moss pot at Home Depot to save this stuff in all year. Then in spring, I'll hang it out under one of the big trees and let the birdies knock themselves out. I throw my thread into empty kleenex boxes and when I clean them out, I just cut through the tangle of thread with my scissors to shorten things up and then toss them into the basket. Can't wait to see how they'll like it.

    http://www.thepracticalherbalist.com...al-basket.html

    I'm going to post pictures on my blog if you want to see what I'm talking about. Not there yet, but later today.

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    Neat idea. Thanks for sharing it.

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    I LOVE YOUR IDEA!! We love watching "our birds"!

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    I try to cut my thread into short lengths so that in case the birds swallow it that it won't get stuck in their guts.

    I wonder if this is necessary?

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    Wow !! I love this idea!! Im gonna set some out hopefully they can insulate their nests for the winter...

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    Great idea! I put out snips of my (natural fiber) yarn leftovers and they disappear FAST. I just "sprinkle" them under some azaleas in my side yard (because I see birds picking at the ground there all the time-there must be some good bugs!). I like the idea of the basket--especially where I could watch!

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    I love to go out and see my birdhouses full of my b pretty threads. I use a lot of varigated so colorful. My DH loves to build me bird houses of all kinds so there are plenty hanging around here. Love the country.

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    I read somewhere that a gal used the lint from her dryer for the birds as well. Sounded like a great idea to me.
    Also I don't think that the birds will swallow the threads that you leave out for them, no matter how long they are. Since they are looking for nesting material and not feeding, they'll know the difference. :D
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I try to cut my thread into short lengths so that in case the birds swallow it that it won't get stuck in their guts.

    I wonder if this is necessary?
    The article says to cut things into three-inch lengths. I'm cutting them a little shorter, just to be sure. I just take the wad of thread and cut, cut, cut. No measuring required. Kind of like chopping vegetables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colbaltjars62
    I read somewhere that a gal used the lint from her dryer for the birds as well. Sounded like a great idea to me.
    Also I don't think that the birds will swallow the threads that you leave out for them, no matter how long they are. Since they are looking for nesting material and not feeding, they'll know the difference. :D
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    Yes, I'm putting my dryer lint in there as well. Different materials for different birds.

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    That is a great idea, but I could not do that, as I have to many wild cats around here, of course I make sure they get food, I just can't stand to see something or someone go hungry. thank you and God bless.

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    Great idea for the fabric bits, but be careful with the length of thread. I never thought about the danger to birds, until once I saw a little house finch hanging from a tree branch. It must have been trying to weave it into its nest and it got wrapped around its neck. The poor thing strangled. :cry:

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    I love that idea. Need to start doing that here.

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    The website says to clip your threads to 3" in length so they don't harm the birds.

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    Yes, please do cut the thread into short lengths. I have zebra finches, and it's soooo easy for them to get thread wrapped around their tiny feet. I used to give them tiny fabric scraps for their nests, which they LOVED, but I stopped giving it to them the day one's toenail got hung up in the threads. Luckily it managed to free itself, but I was >thisclose< to having to capture it and untangle its foot. :shock:

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    What a brilliant idea - thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    I try to cut my thread into short lengths so that in case the birds swallow it that it won't get stuck in their guts.

    I wonder if this is necessary?
    Yes it is necessary, not because it may get stuck in their gut, they don't swallow it, they carry it in their beaks, but because if it's too long their feet get tangled in it, and baby cbirds especially, often lose toes and feet. Thus affecting their survival rate.

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    Very good idea!

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    we used to have a cotton hammock outside and the chickadees would pull tufts out for their nests, cute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    we used to have a cotton hammock outside and the chickadees would pull tufts out for their nests, cute.
    Birds really are such industrious little critters, and looking at how perfectly formed their nests are always fills me with awe. How can they do that without hands?

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    Quote Originally Posted by catrancher
    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    we used to have a cotton hammock outside and the chickadees would pull tufts out for their nests, cute.
    Birds really are such industrious little critters, and looking at how perfectly formed their nests are always fills me with awe. How can they do that without hands?
    My male zebra finches work sooo hard on every little scrap of nesting material that I give them. They'll put it in the nest box "just so", and then a few minutes later, they'll come back and rearrange it. Sometimes the male will put it where HE wants it, then the female will come along and move it to where SHE wants it. It's hilarious and amazing to watch. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonrise
    Quote Originally Posted by catrancher
    Quote Originally Posted by ptquilts
    we used to have a cotton hammock outside and the chickadees would pull tufts out for their nests, cute.
    Birds really are such industrious little critters, and looking at how perfectly formed their nests are always fills me with awe. How can they do that without hands?
    My male zebra finches work sooo hard on every little scrap of nesting material that I give them. They'll put it in the nest box "just so", and then a few minutes later, they'll come back and rearrange it. Sometimes the male will put it where HE wants it, then the female will come along and move it to where SHE wants it. It's hilarious and amazing to watch. :lol:
    I used to have finches. I had two owl finches, two Gouldians, two strawberries, and two that were sort of tan with a pink breast and red beak. I never did learn the variety. Our Gouldians actually raised a clutch. They both had red heads, but their clutch of three birds each ended up with a different color head: red, copper, and black. So interesting. They were fun. When we moved, we gave them away. We were tired of cleaning their big flight cage.

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    I used to do that, but later read that the materials for their nests should be waterproof so they stay dry when it rains.. I was worried I was doing them a disservice.. Guess I should do some more research as I generate lots of snippits and would love to see them put to good use.

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    I use a mesh onion bag to put mine in. I save my little snippets of thread and fabric, then chop it into little pieces and drop into the bag. Hang it under my deck so I can see them come and go. Don't include anything that has fabric softener in it, not good for the little ones.

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    I love the idea of the onion bag. That way, you can hang it out in a tree and the birds can just pick out what they want. It's a new item on my "to do" list.

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