Old Hair Is For The Birds: They'll Use It For A NestPlanet Green often has great tips on what to do with stuff you want to get rid of. Today, they offer up the idea of donating your hair. That's great, if it's long enough, but what about folks with shorter hair?
Well, they've got an idea for that, too:
If you have long enough hair, you could donate your hair to an organization like Locks of Love, but most people don't have 10 inches of hair to spare. You could also compost your hair. That's not such a bad idea, but it would probably go in the dry bedding pile. And you may not need much dry bedding depending on the amount of nutshells, leaves or junk mail you're composting.
A cooky way to keep your hair clippings out of the dumpster is by leaving it out for the birds. This sounds crazy, but birds will build nests with your hair. They will also build nests out of your pet's hair.
I also saw this in the comments:
Birds will use anything if they have to. If you find baby birds on the ground near trees but can't find the nest, take an old cool whip kind of container, poke holes in the bottom for drainage, throw grass and what not in the bottom, strap it to a limb with an electrical tie and put the birdies in it--the mother will come back and sit in that container.
BTW--birds can't smell and they will sit and watch you handle their babies and still come back. It's not nurturing motherhood but survival of the species. They will do whatever to save babies. I've seen a robin help a morning dove try to keep her babies warm that fell to the ground in the cold rain. I brought them in the house in a bucket to warm up while I made the cool whip nest.