Jul 26 2014

A Use For Horse Hair

Published by at 7:20 am under Nesting & Courtship

Tufted titmouse collecting horse hair for its nest (photo by Marianne Atkinson)

Many birds use animal hair to line their nests.

After grooming her horse, Marianne Atkinson put the excess hair in her suet feeder.

The tufted titmice appreciated her thoughtfulness.

Someone’s going to have a soft bed. :)

 

(photo by Marianne Atkinson)

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3 Responses to “A Use For Horse Hair”

  1. Maryon 27 Jul 2014 at 2:05 am

    When I know it’s that time of year for nest building, I usually leave short (4-6″) strands of yarn draped over branches of scrubs and bushes for the birds to find. Also, after doing a load of laundry *without fabric softener*, I’ll leave clumps of dryer lint for the birds to use. I’m always amazed when I stumble upon an empty nest and find all sorts of odd materials that the parents managed to utilize. They are truly winged architects and engineers!

  2. Marianneon 27 Jul 2014 at 7:05 am

    Mary, that is great that you put nest materials out for bird nests! I have heard that dryer lint is not good because once it gets wet in a nest, it doesn’t dry out very well. That isn’t good for baby birds.

    One could also use hair from dog grooming. If one doesn’t have access to dog hair, maybe it could be obtained from a professional dog groomer…

    I have found the silvery soft “icicle” strands in nests that one puts on Christmas trees!

  3. Dick Nugenton 29 Jul 2014 at 2:54 pm

    Last winter we had a deer bed down under our Redbud shrub and die. It then was covered by deep snow and weeks later I found it when we had a thaw. After the deer was removed a large amount of deer hair was left behind. When nest building season arrived I saw several birds collecting the hair and now there is almost none left.

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