Build A Holder For Bird-Nest Building Materials

It was such fun to see their little beaks stuffed to the brim
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August 07, 2017 | 03:28 pm / Jessica Walliser
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Lure more pest-eating birds to your garden by creating this attractive dispenser for bird-nest building materials.

A few years ago, soon after brushing one of our dogs in the backyard on an early spring day, we noticed lots of chickadees and wrens gathering the discarded hair in their beaks and flying off to use it in their nest-building efforts. It was such fun to see their little beaks stuffed to the brim with the soft, fluffy hair! Every spring since then, I build a new bird nesting material holder, fill it with natural materials, and hang it in the garden. The birds go crazy tugging the materials out of it and heading off to weave it into their nests. I often have to refill it multiple times throughout the spring and summer.

Here’s the fun and attractive way I build a holder for bird-nest building materials each spring. Now that a few years have passed since I started, I have six of these bird nesting material holders in our yard.

What You’ll Need

  • 1 piece of chicken wire, about 18-20 inches square, either the decorative type from a craft store or regular chicken wire from the farm supply store
  • 2 wooden dowels, 12 inches long and .375 diameter
  • 1 piece aluminum hobby wire, approximately 12-18 inches long
  • 1 paddle of florist wire
  • 1 tin snips or wire cutter


A collection of the following natural bird-nest building materials: Spanish moss, reindeer moss, sheet moss, excelsior, jute twine pieces, cotton yarn or twine pieces, wool fibers, dog or cat hair, ornamental grass trimmings, white pine needles, coir fiber, cotton fiber or threads, dryer lint (do not include if you use a dryer sheet.

 

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