Floss scraps for birds? Don't do it ...

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I recall reading many years ago on rctn about leaving floss scraps out for birds.  Always intended to, but, you know, intentions ...

Today I read this: http://www.goodknitkisses.com/psa-dangerous-yarn-scraps-for-birds/

Perhaps it's been discussed over the years, but I found this quite helpful.  

Stitch on!

Re: Floss scraps for birds? Don't do it ...
On Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 10:44:36 AM UTC-6, Tess wrote:
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Interesting...I had no idea these things could kill birds. I haven't yet left my fiber scraps out for birds but I was considering doing exactly that this spring. Now I know better. Thanks!

Re: Floss scraps for birds? Don't do it ...
On 3/5/2017 8:37 AM, Violet Stitches wrote:
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 > considering doing exactly that this spring. Now I know better. Thanks!

As long as they're natural fibers (hair, wool, cotton), it's okay.  It's  
the synthetic stuff that's bad.

HTH!


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Re: Floss scraps for birds? Don't do it ...
On Friday, March 10, 2017 at 12:31:25 PM UTC-5, Joan Erickson wrote:
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Joan, did you read the article?

I'm no expert, but it wasn't an issue of the content of the fibers, but rather their ability to wrap around wings, legs, etc. and block circulation.   It specifically mentioned hair.

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On 3/10/2017 1:22 PM, Tess wrote:

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Yes, I read it.  Natural ones are in the suggested materials you *can* use:
"If you want to have nesting materials in your yard, we suggest  
purchasing pre-made nesting material or use these natural alternatives.

<snip>
Natural fibers ? such as cotton, wool, jute, and burlap ? make perfect  
bird nesting materials.
<snip>
Animal Hair: If you brush or clip your animals, save the fur! It makes a  
wonderfully soft lining for bird nests.

I agree with the human hair, though (thinking of my own 18" long  
tresses!).  I have seen horse hair in nests around our place and I don't  
know how one would stop them from using that.



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Re: Floss scraps for birds? Don't do it ...
My stitching buddy has four horses (well, three horses & a mule) and she fi
nds nests every year made primarily of horse hair and baling twine.  The bi
rds comeback every year and they seem to have lots of babies.  She puts the
 embroidery fibers out, too, but cuts them in short  enough lengths to not  
get tangled and twisted.

Liz from Humbug

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