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they will use just about anything LOL
as long as its clean and doesnt hold moisture it should be fine to use.
I have seen pigeons use feathers to build a nest :)
 

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What can be used for nesting materials apart from tobacco stalks?
Here is a new one for you....I use nothing !

I use pads and never provide anything else. They sometimes find strange objects that I sometimes drop, like a rubber band, a twisty from the Kale I feed, and they will often use the Kale for nesting instead of eating....:)

I have "issues" with some nesting material such as tobacco stems etc.
 

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Here is a new one for you....I use nothing !

I use pads and never provide anything else. They sometimes find strange objects that I sometimes drop, like a rubber band, a twisty from the Kale I feed, and they will often use the Kale for nesting instead of eating....:)

I have "issues" with some nesting material such as tobacco stems etc.
I want to hear the "issues"..:p:)
 

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I've gone away from nesting materials altogether. I used to throw a pile of straw into a corner of the loft and let the birds pick them up themselves. However, there are two problems: 1) Some birds are better nest builders [perhaps more eager] than others, and 2) the loft gets way too dusty to clean with the added straw fragments.

So what I've been doing is cutting up old pieces of carpet and taped them double-sided to dog bowls I purchased at the dollar stores. Now my breeders are just sitting on the eggs on top of the carpet bristles. They'll occasionally pick up feathers to add onto the nest, but for the most part, the nests are just plain. And it's worked fine.
 

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I use pine needles and also nesting pads. The needles keep the bugs away. This time a year when it heats up the birds sweat and the pads get quite damp. Some pairs use the needles and some just the pads. I do a few things with the needles. I put a layer under the bowl to give are circulation under the bowl and moister away. I also take the babies out of the bowl at about the time the parents are going to lay again when the cock is driving the hen. I line the nest box with pine needles. It makes a good bed and keeps the babies good and dry. I clean the bowl and the parents now have a place to lay the next set of eggs. The babies seldom go back into the bowl. I started this method when I was short of nest bowls. Once the pairs get used to it it works like a charm. I think the best nest pads are made out of coconut husks, but I do not know where you would find them. A dry nest is key. Moisture is bad.
 

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Here is a new one for you....I use nothing !

I use pads and never provide anything else. They sometimes find strange objects that I sometimes drop, like a rubber band, a twisty from the Kale I feed, and they will often use the Kale for nesting instead of eating....:)

I have "issues" with some nesting material such as tobacco stems etc.
Warren what kind of pads do you use and do you have moisture problems? I find the ones made of felt to be pretty good. You can also wash them with hot water and bleach.

Randy
 
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