Dryer Lint for Bird Nests

Don't throw away your dryer lint! In the winter birds love it to line their nest with. Also, if you burn wood, it makes a great fire starter. I stuff ours in toilet paper tubes and light the end. Works every time.

By mom-from-missouri

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October 20, 20100 found this helpful

Hey! Great idea! I put out the pet and human hair from our brushes, didn't think about the dryer lint!

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April 14, 20120 found this helpful

Putting the lint in th empty toilet paper rolls is a great idea. You can then use it to light charcoal in the bbq chimney.

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April 14, 20120 found this helpful

Don't use fabric softener sheets, it can be toxic.

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April 15, 20120 found this helpful

As an avid birder please DO NOT use dryer lint as nesting material there are perfumes, soap residue and most important it doesn't make good nesting material as dryer lint hardens after getting wet providing a poor nest for baby birds and the birds can get trapped in the hardened lint.

Safe things to use are pet hair cat and dog hair are great, natural cotton balls and cotton yarn cut no longer than 3 inches. Stuff into an old onion mesh sack or an unused suet cage and hang from trees and bushes. Then enjoy the hours of fun watching the birds come and take the nesting materials and know you are providing safe, warm and soft things for the mother bird and her babies. Enjoy :)

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April 15, 20120 found this helpful

Please do not reuse the netted onion/produce bags for the wild birds. The birds' feet and/or legs can become tangled in the mesh. I have experienced this happening when I used these bags when feeding them. Luckily I was home to help the bird. It was not an easy thing to do. It was very stressful for the bird and for me. The suet cage is safer to use. Save these bags for other uses in your home.

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April 15, 20120 found this helpful

Good to know. Personally I buy pre made nesting material and then add my own pet hair. :)

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April 15, 20120 found this helpful

Thanks. Good to know. I personally buy nesting balls from the unlimited bird store and then add extra things to it. :)

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April 16, 20120 found this helpful

I belong to a national birding club and their advise is not to use dryer lint. As in the previous post, there are toxins in the lint, when it gets wet it emits these toxins and is very deadly to the baby birds and their parents.

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April 16, 20120 found this helpful

We sort of got off topic here, but I was glad to see the information about the onion/net bags for birds. I had been thinking of using them but will scratch that idea.

I don't think my dryer lint would be very good for birds as I do like to use fabric softener but I sure am accumulating lots of cat hair as my kitty sheds this time of year. I guess I'll just put the fur in the yard.

I love the great ideas here!

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June 4, 20160 found this helpful

I recently read that dryer lint can contain some harmful particles that are irritating to birds' bodies -- please don't leave it out for the birds to use!

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