About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cat hair and other good nesting materials

Natural Cotton and string ball
If you live with a cat, spring is a time you’ll probably see balls of hair tumbling across the floor no matter how much you groom your little sweetie. But each fluffy clump of Dolly fuzz is collected happily for my wild birds to use in the near future to cradle their young in a soft nest.

I know lots of cats in my family are donating their hair for the use in bird house development but if you are looking for another source, we also have nesting material that you can purchase at Wild Birds Unlimited in East Lansing, Michigan.

Birdie Bell with a
variety of nesting materials
Offering birds construction material to build a nest is just one more way for you to attract a wider variety of bird activity to your yard. Different birds use different nesting materials. Generally the inside of their nest is lined with a soft layer of material. You can offer clean pet hair or cotton yarn cut no longer than 3 inches, stuff it into an old mesh onion sack or an unused suet cage, and hang it from a tree or bush for the birds.

Wild Birds Unlimited has natural cotton balls available and Birdie Bells full of feathers, straw, and cotton.

Hummer Helper™
We’ve also had good success with HummerHelper™, a layer of raw cotton held between a red wire holder. The large red grid design attracts hummers and the large surface area helps the nesting material dry quickly after rain. This isn't just a great opportunity for hummingbirds; goldfinches, titmice, chickadees and other birds use it too!

Side note: We DO NOT recommend dryer lint. There may be perfumes and soap residue, but more important, it isn’t a good nest building material. Lint hardens after getting wet providing a poor nest for baby birds.

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