Robyn
Robyn
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Asked on Mar 12, 2013

Hummingbird Nest Helper

RobynGayle ValverdeDiane Gilmer
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Good morning everyone,
I was just poking around on the web for all things hummingbird, and I ran across this darling cagey thing for pet hair for hummers to use to feather their nest. It was on Amazon and I don't know how to contact the poster. I am taking the liberty to snag her picture and show you and ask if anyone knows where I could find or how I could make such a thing. If the poster happens to be watching thank you so much for this awesome idea!
hummingbird nest helper, gardening
15 answers
  • Robyn
    on Mar 12, 2013

    ok, while I was out walking the sweet pooch who will provide the hair for this, I thought of two things. One is a suet feeder, but I don't have one right now. The other, I do have. One of those decorative balls that is twiggy. I think I will try it with that and let you know how it goes :)

  • Kimberly Barney
    on Mar 12, 2013

    I was going to suggest the suet feeder. However, I have also seen where people have used the bags that potatoes come in. Other items that birds like to use in their nests are human hair and scraps of yarn.

  • Gayle P.
    on Mar 12, 2013

    won't this get wet? Will they still use it if it does?

  • Jayme
    on Mar 12, 2013

    You can usually buy these at a pet store that sell small birds. I have one in my finch cage. I fill it with Timothy hay for them to use in nest building.

  • Robyn
    on Mar 13, 2013

    oh my gosh you guys, thanks for all the great ideas !!

    • Fleurette
      on Oct 2, 2013

      @Robyn My mom always used dryer lint mixed with dog hair. Both were readily available!

  • Robyn
    on Mar 16, 2013

    YEAY, last night I saw a hummer taking some of the white cotton from the nest helper. I am so excited! I can't wait to get my dog groomed Tuesday and ask for some clean dog fur. It is all I can do to keep myself from buying maternity clothes! We are having baby birds somewhere! :)

  • Tracey T
    on Mar 20, 2013

    Thanks for sharing this, I have never heard of it before this. I will be collecting some dog hair this week in hopes for a hummingbird nest too!

  • Robyn
    on Mar 20, 2013

    Try it Tracey, it is working! I love to watch the females take the fluff. The first time one did I nearly cried with happiness. I was spellbound. And when I went to the groomer yesterday for my pooch's appointment and asked for clean fur, two of the groomers said they were going to try it too. Oh how I love birds.

  • Tracey T
    on Mar 20, 2013

    I sure am Robyn, I can't wait! I can feel your joy of happiness!

  • Gayle P.
    on Mar 21, 2013

    @ Robyn Phoenix,Az. I love watching the birds too,at this time here in Fl. I have been watching a red wing black bird at my bird feeder and I bought some thistle seed for the little gold finches but they seem to like the big bird feeder more. I want to see some hummingbirds.

  • Kimi Sharp
    on Apr 13, 2013

    If they don't have at pet store, there is a similar cat toy (usually with a bell inside) that is sold at most department stores too..

  • Diane Gilmer
    on Apr 15, 2013

    A small metal suet holder works well too. I keep mine filled all summer long.

  • Gayle Valverde
    on Jun 4, 2013

    A wire whisk works pretty well too. :)

  • Robyn
    on Jun 4, 2013

    What great ideas you guys have~~thanks ♥

  • Robyn
    on Oct 2, 2013

    That would be great on the loads that are all cotton. Thanks Fleurette!

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