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Posted 9 December 2017 - 13:29 PM

As I'm just starting up I was going to use Tobacco Stalks as nesting material,not yet as I'm not ready for pairing up. I've read the benefits about it keeping mites and lice from the birds,but as I've bought a box of it in not sure how I should use it,may seem silly,what I mean is it's very long and stiff,I'm wondering how the birds will be able to use it to build a nest. Am I supposed to cut it up or soak it first?. Or have I got a bad box?. I'd love to hear from some of you that use this.
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Posted 9 December 2017 - 13:38 PM

View PostDruid Lofts, on 9 December 2017 - 14:29 PM, said:

As I'm just starting up I was going to use Tobacco Stalks as nesting material,not yet as I'm not ready for pairing up. I've read the benefits about it keeping mites and lice from the birds,but as I've bought a box of it in not sure how I should use it,may seem silly,what I mean is it's very long and stiff,I'm wondering how the birds will be able to use it to build a nest. Am I supposed to cut it up or soak it first?. Or have I got a bad box?. I'd love to hear from some of you that use this.
Paul


I use tobacco stalks I cut them in half before giving them to the birds.
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Posted 9 December 2017 - 13:42 PM

Snap or cut stalks in half !! Simple ready to use !! A good tip is to put down smaller amounts at a time and not all at once as some birds will try and use most of it !! Also some make big nests and some use just a couple of stalks
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Posted 9 December 2017 - 16:03 PM

Hi Druid Lofts. Is that you Paul?

As stated by the others, I cut mine in half before giving them to the pigeons. :)
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Posted 9 December 2017 - 16:07 PM

Just checked some of your previous posts Paul. You can phone me anytime you want to and I'll do my best to help you or put you onto someone who will be able to help you if I can't.
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Posted 9 December 2017 - 17:17 PM

I also cut them I like them to smell of tobacco for best effects also add
A little straw ( pea straw if poss) .

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Posted 9 December 2017 - 18:28 PM

I have a memory of, I think it was Maurice Verheye, who was a smoker. When he had finished his smoke, he'd extinguish the fag and drop the butt on the loft floor. The old birds used to carry them to their nest bowls. He never had a problem with 'beasties' !!
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Posted 9 December 2017 - 20:18 PM

View PostKyleakin Lofts, on 9 December 2017 - 16:03 PM, said:

Hi Druid Lofts. Is that you Paul?

As stated by the others, I cut mine in half before giving them to the pigeons. :)


Yes it's me Andy

Thanks for all your replys,As I said just wasn't sure how I should use them.
Thanks again
Paul

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Posted 10 December 2017 - 19:58 PM

scatter bits on the floor they will nest it themselves
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Posted 11 December 2017 - 10:32 AM

Is £16 a box about the price of them ? I remember one year in the 80s i grew tobbacco in the garden myself ,start it of in the green house and plant it out like an annual ,it grew plants about 5ft tall with big leaves after flowering cut and hang up in shed to dry ,it did smoke but strong jesus !!

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Posted 15 December 2017 - 15:24 PM

Cut in half is fine - I use to ... Now I find better to cut in 4 inches personally.
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