A few years ago I was brushing the dogs outside and my clean up afterwards was less than stellar. I had left a few piles of hair and when my husband walked outside he asked me if a dog exploded in the yard.
“It’s fine. The birds will pick it up and use it in their nests.” I told him.
A few weeks later I was standing outside on our back deck and I looked up into the big pine tree that sat just off to the side.
I was over the moon excited to see a perfectly made bird nest with some Newf hair peeking out.
A few weeks later I spotted another bird’s nest under our porch and once again, Newf hair was used.
It’s so fun to see it being used and guess what?
Now is a great time to start collecting all that loose dog hair that is blowing from your dog’s coat.
Why? Because it’s spring and the birds are out and about collecting nesting material to build a perfect home for their babies.
Dog hair is a great material for the birds to use to build a nest because it’s warm and it dries quickly, just make sure that the hair is free from chemicals such as topical flea medications and if you use grooming spray you might want to leave that off.
I normally collect a plastic bag full of hair a week and leave it on the top of fence posts for the birds to grab but this year I decided to make a little hanging contraption so that I didn’t have tumbleweeds blowing into the neighbor’s yard.
All I did was take a whisk that I bought at the Dollar Store and hung it up on a Shepherd’s hook. My dog hair came complete with mud, twigs and leaves already in it but if your aren’t as lucky you can search your yard for those materials to use.
Other ways you can offer dog hair to the birds:
In wire cages or a suet bird feeder.
On the sides or around a bird house (I just ordered this adorable RV style birdhouse. It’s so cute!)
Other materials you can offer to the birds
Strips of tree bark
I’ve heard a lot of people say that they also use dryer lint but then I read that dryer lint contains too many chemicals and that when it gets wet it tends to crumble when it dries. I’ve also read that yarn in long pieces and human hair are not ideal for nesting materials because it can get stuck around the bird’s legs or neck.
This year, after the birds are finished with it, I’ll try to get a picture of a nest that used dog hair! It’s so fun!
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