Gardening for Butterflies, Birds and Bees forum: Heads Up On Dryer Lint For Nest Building - Not Good!

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Mar 4, 2016 12:12 PM CST
I know a lot of people including myself that put out dryer lint for the birds to use as nesting material .. as it turns out, it's a very bad practice especially if you use fabric softener or dryer sheets. Apparently the lint gets saturated with the chemicals we use in detergent and softeners and can be very detrimental to young chicks.

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Name: Ibis
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IbisFla
Mar 4, 2016 1:20 PM CST
Thanks for posting that - sometimes our good intentions have unintended consequences! Blinking
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Mar 4, 2016 1:30 PM CST
Given that information, I am also wondering about offering dyed yarns and fabrics? I was just getting ready to put out my suet cage yarn scraps, and will now limit those to natural undyed yarns and fabric strips.
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Mar 4, 2016 2:12 PM CST
It never occurred to me about the dryer lint or the yarn!
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Name: Linda Arnold
Idaho Mountains (Zone 4b)
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Mar 31, 2016 7:10 AM CST
Before I take my long haired dog in to be groomed I take my scissors to her and do a rough trim job so I will have 'safe' bedding for the birds. Thank you, Deb, for mentioning the suet cage! I never thought of using one before but will use one now!
Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Mar 31, 2016 3:49 PM CST
Anne, thanks for posting this; it's so important and something that all gardeners and bird lovers should be aware of. I learned about this fact about 20 years ago from a knowledgeable neighbor who at one time banded birds for the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. I was so thankful to her for informing me about it because I used to put dryer lint out also and I never even thought about the chemicals contained in the laundry detergent or dryer sheets. Crying

My husband always brushes our golden retriever out in the yard. I'm always taking pictures of the backyard birds and a couple of weeks ago after Bo got a thorough brushing, I spotted a Carolina Wren and a Sparrow collecting the dogs fur from the lawn! Green Grin!
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Mar 31, 2016 5:13 PM CST
Wow! Awesome pictures!
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Mar 31, 2016 5:40 PM CST
Aww, thanks Anne ... my pictures always look better when they are uploaded to ATP than they do on my laptop.
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Name: Gene Staver
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gasrocks
Apr 12, 2016 10:16 AM CST
I would also think that dryer lint smells too much like people. Gene

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