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Old 05-16-2008, 08:10 PM   #1
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I've got a problem. I went out to the shop to do some work and, just before I hit the button to open the big door, I heard a fluttering above my head. I looked up and found a Robin on the motor for the door opener. She'd built a nest up there. If there weren't eggs in the nest, I could just shoo her off and get to work. But, there are definitely eggs in the nest. She was all settled in and wouldn't leave.

If I open the door, the noise and vibration will scare her off and the eggs will die. Now, if it were a starling's nest, I might be tempted anyway, but a robin's nest, I don't want to disturb.

If I leave them alone, it'll be a month before the babies are gone and I can open the door. But, I've got work to do and I don't want to put it off for a month.

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I don't know a thing about birds.... can you move a nest?

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Pull the rope & disconnect the motor from the track, open & close the door manually.
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Old 05-16-2008, 08:41 PM   #4
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I don't know a thing about birds.... can you move a nest?
Nope, you can't move a nest. Messing with it in any way will chase the mother off.

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Pull the rope & disconnect the motor from the track, open & close the door manually.
Will the chain still move? The chain is part of the nest too.
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(Chain shouldn't move.)

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Old 05-16-2008, 09:24 PM   #6
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Old 05-16-2008, 10:25 PM   #7
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I dont think the chain will move, but mine is screw drive. I guess just try it an inch or so.
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Old 05-17-2008, 12:52 AM   #8
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THat's a tough one, I am a sucker for stuff like that too. My hubby took down some monster pines and my doves were nesting in them, I was distraught. However, I do try to be alittle tough and go with the get tough or die motto.

Grab a ladder, if she doesn't have eggs, move the nest. She'll live to have another set. Chances are, if she hatches indoors it will all get F'd up anyways. She might know in and out but those babies won't.
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Thanks for the ideas and insight. I've decided to decide tomorrow. I'm sleepy so the birdies are safe for another 12 hours or so.
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The chain will NOT move if you pull the release. I would also unplug the motor so you don't accidentally use the opener
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Thank you, PH. I've never really paid that much attention to how it worked.
Here are a couple of pictures.
The nest, as it sits on the opener.

4 pretty blue eggs.
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Well... From a health and safety standpoint, wild birds and their feces carry disease and one can only imagine the mess left my mother all over the garage.

Is there a local Aviary that could extract the eggs and incubate them? Those places tend to rescue, nurture and release the birds into the wild.
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Chili omelet.
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Dad there's a beak in my omelet.
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You need a good BB gun.


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See I immediatelyt thought of that new pistol she just got as posted on another thread (the nickle plated sissy pistol).
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These are robin's eggs. Even with all 4 of them, there wouldn't be much of an omelet.

The nickel plated sissy pistol isn't my new one.
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I know. But there was one in the collection, so that's close enough for internet work.
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I know. But there was one in the collection, so that's close enough for internet work.
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I always thought if you wore gloves the mother would return back to the nest.
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I always thought if you wore gloves the mother would return back to the nest.
Only if they are boxing gloves.
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Old 05-18-2008, 10:32 PM   #23
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If you can take the nest and place it in a box without distroying it.... the mama will still do her thing. Just put it where she can find it.

I had a similar problem recently and I was told this by a bird hugger type fella.
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Call batman, he is good at working with Robin.....
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Take them down.

The old saying of ... take all you want, we'll make more works with birds, too.
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mmmm numm numm ....

I spewed coffee this morning when I read that!!!
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id pull the cord and do it manual until theyre gone......but im a sucker like that
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Thanks for the suggestions, folks.
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Call batman, he is good at working with Robin.....
I didnt see that one coming!

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