So, what is this nesting ball (patent pending), and what makes alpaca fiber so special as a nesting material?
Each ball is made from grapevines, and hand-filled with at least three colors of fiber (alpacas come in 22 natural colors). The fiber that is used in the ball is typically from the seconds that are shorn from the animal each year. (No animal is harmed to secure the fiber.) The seconds are normally too short or not the quality used in the production of fine garments. The nesting ball hangs from a jute rope in a tree and blends into the environment. Alpaca, a hollow fiber, wicks water and when wet, quickly dries to its natural fluffy state. The delicate fiber, unlike some nesting materials, is easily used by birds and does not attract predators to the nest. The chickadees and titmice, in particular, enjoy it!
All Things Alpaca, LLC has its business office in northern Kentucky outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. Production and distribution take place in northern Ohio, either on or near the farm.
The Alpaca Fleece-filled Bird Nesting Ball™ could not have become a reality without the support of alpaca breeders, who have donated fiber in the past year. We are grateful for their enthusiasm, and the way they contribute in such a positive way to the entire alpaca community. If you are in their area, please contact them for a farm visit!
Supporting A Great Cause
All Things Alpaca, LLC has partnered with The Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati and The Epilepsy Center of Northwest Ohio. Many of our Alpaca Fleece-filled Bird Nesting Ball™s are made by individuals with epilepsy and/or developmental disabilities as part of a Vocational Activity Program. The Nesting Ball project helps contribute to this unique 'in-house' programming that encourages motor skill development, focus, creativity and builds self-esteem.
Our Bird Nesting Balls are a Featured New Product in the August 2011 issue of Birder's World.