Just found a birds nest in the coop with eggs, what to do!?!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by motoclown, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. motoclown

    motoclown Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2010
    New Castle, PA
    So a small bird has made a nest in our coop.
    It's built in a bag of grit.
    I wouldn't have a hard time throwing it out but it has 4 eggs in it.
    Now I don't know what to do, should I just let it go, will my chickens eat the babies,
    should I move it or just get rid of it.
    And yesterday I found an egg broke in the nest box then moved to the flour that was eaten by a small varmint.
    I think I know know what ate it.........
  2. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Flock Master Premium Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    On the MN prairie.
    Personally, I'd just leave it.
  3. luvinrunnin

    luvinrunnin Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 12, 2011
    I'd leave it, but then again I enjoy getting to see baby birds. Throw it out after they hatch and fledge and then find out where they came in at and put wire over it if you worry about wild birds getting in.
  4. fishman65

    fishman65 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    flat rock
    i would worry more about disease than anything else. I have torn out many starling nest this year. as soon as i find them i dispose of them eggs or not. starlings are a pest bird which i consider a varmit and i deal with them accordingly.
  5. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

    Dec 15, 2009
    Penn Valley, CA
    Legally, bird nests in use are protected by law. So it would be illegal to move the bird nest if it belongs to a native species. Plus, it's nice to support the local wildlife and allow them to raise their young as they see fit.

    If it is a starling or house sparrow nest, though, do whatever you want with it. It's up to you whether you want to move it or not. Starlings, house sparrows, and rock pigeons are not protected by law because they are non-native invasive species.
  6. motoclown

    motoclown Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2010
    New Castle, PA
    Not sure what kind of bird it is, I'll have to go look at the eggs.

    I am leaning on the side of leaving it then fixing the problem.

    We were very careful when we built our first coop to make sure that there
    were no places to hide, especially rats, but the bird outsmarted me and
    made the nest in a bag of grit, where I could not see it.

    It better not leave me mites or lice, I'll have one heck of a problem then.
  7. bantamsrmyfav

    bantamsrmyfav Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2011
    US & Canada
    oo I wonder what kind of bird laid those eggs.
  8. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'd personally leave it be until the babies grow up then tear the thing apart and try to prevent new nest-making for the future.
  9. motoclown

    motoclown Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2010
    New Castle, PA
    Picture of the eggs..........

  10. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    You should check your coops security. If birds can get in, so can predators and maybe the quail can get out. Maybe it's time to get the wire out?

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