How to Safely Remove and Relocate Birds’ Nests
In the event you come across a bird’s nest in your backyard (which is a location that is normally of limited use to birds and is not considered an embellishment to your residence), you can remove and/or relocate bird nests, but you should do so at the right time and safely.
Moving a bird’s nest while eggs are still there is not considered a wise move in keeping the eggs safe from harm — it does the opposite. The rules of the thumb involving the removal and displacement of the nests include: assurance that the nest is no longer in use and that the nest no longer contains any leftover egg. Only by meeting these two conditions does you are given full authority in eradicating or moving the nest at someplace more appropriate for any future use.
- Personal Safety Concern
While apart from the actual bird who made the nest there is no actual danger attributed to the nest’s handling, there is a risk about nests that the naked eye does not see. Minute creatures such as mites, micro-organisms like bacteria, and other parasites are actually present in nests that many people may not be aware of. Luckily, guaranteeing your safety for the process is as easy as wearing a pair of protective gloves.
- Right Disposal
Birds often prey on smaller species. One way that the predator types find their target is by finding dangling nests. As you do not want to give these predatory birds distinct advantage over smaller species for food, one way you could do so is to eliminate the nest that may be a hint to where a small bird may had been recently hatched. Although it is convenient to just drop the bird’s nest to a trash can for its complete disposal, most nests are made using organic materials, and the chance is good that a nest you would be dumping in a compost pile will add significant nutrition.
- Leave No Trace Behind
While nests do not necessarily come with foul odors, this is a kind of temporary bird habitat that leaves traces of smells behind which other birds can smell. If you are intent in keeping the exact same place nest-free in the future, then cleaning that area where the nest once was is imperative. A solution made out of small parts chlorine bleach and many parts water is enough to address the problem, fortunately.
So keep these helpful hints in mind when you feel it necessary to remove a bird’s nest because, in actuality, you may be helping birds while keeping your premises neat.