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

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:
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Perhaps it's been discussed over the years, but I found this quite helpful.
Stitch on!
Reply to
Tess
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!
Reply to
Violet Stitches
As long as they're natural fibers (hair, wool, cotton), it's okay. It's the synthetic stuff that's bad.
HTH!
Reply to
Joan Erickson
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.
Reply to
Tess
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.
Natural fibers ? such as cotton, wool, jute, and burlap ? make perfect bird nesting materials. 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.
Reply to
Joan Erickson
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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Liz from Humbug

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