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Grove
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Hi, I've ordered a bale of lucerne for mulch in my vegetable patches . Is Lucerne a good option for nesting material ? Or hay or straw even ?
Thanks in advance

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noah.till
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Yes I know for a fact that straw is all good to use, as a lot of breeders used it on the floors for the twinspots (back in the day while they were still here in Aus)
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Noah Till
Downs Bird Breeders Association and Queensland Finch Society Member
2018 Australian Birdkeepers Magazine Young Birdkeeper
Javan Munia, Black Rumped Double bar and Aberdeen Breeding Project
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I mostly use couch grass. But a mixture of grasses and plant matter should be tried as different birds have different preferences. Bit like peeople really.
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Grove
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Ok cool..Thankyou..good idea to try different things .
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romarunners
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I find swamp/November grass is the best have local supplies, message me if you need any very reasonable price
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If you have Painteds, go with hardwood bark, even just a pile in the corner, they love it, for there nests.
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I have used Lucerne previously in Gouldian nest boxes - just make sure it is the "soft" grassy type and not the "stalky" first cut 100% type.

Have also had my Ruddies and Orange Breasts raid the nests for the really soft grasses.

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