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Birds building nests

post #1 of 8
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I didn't know where to put this thread.

We have a bird building a nest above our front door. I really don't want it there. That is out main enterance in and out of the house. There is straw all over our front porch. What would you do?

Also our neighbors have a bird building a nest in their dryer vent. We told them several times about it but they haven't done anything. I worry that their house could catch on fire or the poor baby birds could die from the dryer heat. What would you do?
post #2 of 8
The straw will probably dissipate once they're finished building; after that I imagine it would be more cute than annoying.

I suppose if you really wanted it down you could climb up there on a ladder and remove it, and then add some spikes or something to deter future attempts.

The neighbors' drier vent one sounds dangerous, I agree. But if they won't listen to you about it, not much you can do. Maybe call the local fire dept and see if they have any advice?
post #3 of 8
If you are going to remove it, do it ASAP. If it is a native bird it may be protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and once there are eggs or chicks in there you aren't supposed to touch it.
If it is a particularily territorial bird (like a Mockingbird) it may actually make using that entrance difficult (as a wildlife biologist I used to have to field many phone calls from people who wanted to know what to do about the bird attacking them as they went in and out of their house).
Good luck with that.
post #4 of 8
We have birds that build nests all around our house. As SOON as it is built, we get them down. I usually get a pressure washer and do it that way when I know there are no birds in them.
post #5 of 8
WE had some birds build a mud nest on our porch. And they
try it every summer. We take the nest down as soon as we
notice them building it. They bring all kinds of crap up on
our porch and I'm afraid they'll bring a cigarette butt up there
and burn our house down. There was a family on our local
news that that had happened to. I would take it down
asap.
post #6 of 8
I would remove the nest (daily if need be) and provide other, more desirable locations to build a nest (like a birdhouse in a tree, or something)
post #7 of 8
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Originally Posted by llamalluv View Post
I would remove the nest (daily if need be) and provide other, more desirable locations to build a nest (like a birdhouse in a tree, or something)
Yup! I would be happy to have a nest at my house but not above the front door. You need to remove it before any eggs are laid. It's not legal after that. The parents will find another place to build one.
post #8 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the responses. I figured we should move it. I feel bad though. All that hard work. We've had nests under the deck and in a flower pot on the deck in years past. We didn't disturb them and got to watch them hatch. It was really cool.
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