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PSA Dangerous Yarn Scraps for Birds

PSA Dangerous Yarn Scraps for Birds
Yarn scraps; photo used with permission

Yarn scraps can be dangerous for birds! Upon seeing their Carolina Waterfowl Rescue’s post I shared it with GoodKnitKisses Facebook followers and asked if I could quote them on my blog. I’ve seen this photo pasted around over the years and, not being an expert, shrugged it off. I didn’t want to promote using yarn scraps for bird nesting. I didn’t promote it but I wasn’t sure. But upon seeing the post from a Rescue page with warnings and then real solutions I realized GKK should pass along this valuable information along.

I hope this article helps you. Please share this blog or Share their Facebook post with your friends and followers! Thanks! -Kristen

The yarn scraps photos and quote are used with permission by Carolina Waterfowl Rescue

PSA Dangerous Yarn Scraps for Birds

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Carolina Waterfowl Rescue
Posted on Facebook on March 1, 2016 9:18a CST

“We’ve been seeing a lot of online posts lately suggesting using yarn scraps, twine or other material as outside nesting material for songbirds. While the intentions are good, please do NOT do this.

Yarn and any type of string, twine and even human hair can easily become tangled around birds legs, neck etc. and cut off circulation causing serious injury or even death. We get in many baby songbirds every year missing limbs due to string like materials in a nest.

If you want to have nesting materials in your yard, we suggest purchasing pre-made nesting material or use these natural alternatives.

Cloth Strips: Natural fibers – such as cotton, wool, jute, and burlap – make perfect bird nesting materials. Cut old fabric into pieces 3” to 6” long and no more than 1” wide. Longer pieces are too much for birds to handle and can even strangle them.

Small Yard Debris: Pine straw, wheat straw, and tiny twigs make good bird nest building materials.

Grass Clippings: One of the most common nesting materials, grass clippings can be gathered into balls or simply left mulched into your lawn.

Animal Hair: If you brush or clip your animals, save the fur! It makes a wonderfully soft lining for bird nests. Just don’t use any hair or fur that’s been treated with flea dips or insect repellents.

Cocoa Fiber: Recycle worn-out linings of hanging baskets for bird nesting material.

Plants and Seeds: Fluffy seeds and plants, such as cattails, make good bird nesting materials.

Cloth Batting: Wool or cotton batting cut into 3”- 6” strips makes good nesting material.

Feathers: Providing feathers for nesting material is a great way to recycle old down pillows!

Moss: Sphagnum or Spanish moss make great bird nesting material (make sure it’s not been chemically treated).”

Kristen Mangus
Kristen is a multi-talented entrepreneur with a heart as big as Texas. She is the Owner, Host and Creative Director of GoodKnit Kisses. GoodKnit Kisses is a company positioned to inspire, encourage and empower people through education and design. She’s built a large and loyal on-line community of followers by sharing her personal passion for knitting and all things creative through YouTube video tutorials, Facebook live broadcasts, blogs and patterns. Her vision is to leave an inspired crafting world for future generations that continues to teach and reach others. She and her husband, John, have three amazing kids.


  1. Marguerite 2 weeks ago

    I usually put out the combings from my 4 Persian cats I actually watched a large crow take a big clump it then flew onto a roof where there was another crow and shared it so funny !

  2. If yarn is cut in very small pieces 1″ or 2″ would it be OK?
    This would be too short to catch anything.

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