Leaving Dog Fur for Birds
When the weather is nice, I prefer to brush Mauja and Atka outside. Not only do I enjoy the sunshine, but clean-up is so much easier. I pick up most of the fur because I don’t want it to blow into a neighbor’s yard and they’d definitely know it came from us! We’re the only ones with white dogs on the block 😉 However, I can just grab the larger chunks and it’s not a big deal if I leave a bit behind.
Over the years, I have seen several bird nests that were made with the fluffies’ fur. It always makes me happy to see that it’s going to good use! Recently, I was actually able to see a bird grabbing some fur for the nest. How cool?!
After seeing a bird collecting their fur, I wanted to leave more out for them; but again, I didn’t want to be “that neighbor”. I thought about leaving the fur in a bag for them, but it didn’t look good and I worried the birds wouldn’t go near it. I was out of ideas until I was wandering through Target and found the bird feeder section.
A bird feeder would work perfectly. I’d be able to hang it up for them while keeping the yard looking nice. At first, I was just going to get a simple feeder and use it only for dog fur. As I was grabbing my choice, I noticed a really cool bird feeder with wiring on the side for suet. I could put their fur in those and have food for them, too!
So, I set out to brush the fluffies. When I was finally finished, I bagged the fur and set it inside, completely meaning to put it in the bird feeder right away. Well, I got distracted and forgot, so the fur sat there all day until Nick came home.
Nick: Hey, I’m going to take the trash out. Anything you need me to take?
Me: Nope, we’re good. Wait! Is that the dog fur you’re carrying?
Nick: Uh, yeah. Why?
Me: No, no, no don’t get rid of it! I need it for the birds and I still need to take pictures for a blog post!
Nick: *laughs and rolls his eyes* I just love being married to a pet blogger!
Anyway, I put the fur in the feeder and hung it outside waiting eagerly for the first bird to appear (apparently, I thought it would be some kind of bird magnet?). When nothing appeared, I was slightly discouraged, but knew it what silly to expect a bird so quickly.
I checked the next day and…. it worked! The birds love it.
Now every time I brush Mauja and Atka, I add some more fur to the feeder. I think I’ll set up my Vimtag camera to see if I can capture a glimpse of a bird in action.
Next step – find someone to spin the fluffies’ fur and make something for me 🙂
Do the birds love to grab your dog’s fur too?