And I don't know what to do about them. I want them to leave, but here's my whole problem, and down at the bottom is my question:
A couple months or so ago a couple of birds moved into a previously vacant bird's nest on the light outside by my entry door. I am renting an apartment, and there is only my entrance and the entrance for the apartment across from me up there by that light.
At first the two birds weren't too much of an issue, but later they became somewhat "aggressive" and would cause a big fuss and try to run off anyone who was up there. They were guarding their eggs which ended up hatching. So then there were a couple (or more?) baby birds up in the nest. They've grown up and started flying, which is great! I've been wanting to get rid of that nest, but I didn't want anything bad to happen to the baby birds because of it. So flying is one step closer to leaving!
Since they can fly now, they poop all over the place. The two parents weren't as bad before, but there is bird poop everywhere now, even on my door. I was thinking "Well, at least it doesn't stink... And I want to make sure the baby birds can take care of themselves before getting rid of their nest." But now it stinks
So, here's where I need advice:
This is the first time I've lived on my own, in an apartment. I want to put in a request to Maintenance and ask them to remove the nest and clean up the bird poop. I'm not sure whose responsibility it is to clean up the area? Someone else lives upstairs near that light with the bird's nest, too. The building belongs to the company. Is it my responsibility to clean it up, or is it the company's responsibility?
What should I ask them?
I'm horrible at this stuff.... And it would be very difficult for me to clean up the walls and the door. Well, at least it would be easier with a hose, and I don't think I can use a hose at my apartment.
EDIT: Also forgot to ask: They've been able to fly for perhaps over a week now. Would it be safe to get rid of their nest? Would the babies be okay, or should I put it off for a while longer? I think they are House Sparrows, but I honestly don't know for sure.
I'd wait til they leave to remove the nest. I would feel bad if anything that I did caused harm to the babies. They'll probably come back next year if you're still at that apt. As soon as they start building, knock down the nest. I had birds build on one of the lights on my front porch last year. I left them alone because by the time I noticed they had babies. This year they tried to come back, but I didn't let them.
Get a broom. Is the world going to end because a few birds got sent on their merry way?
Slightly OT.....did you ever find big bird attractive?
This ordeal is like a fire tempering a sword. It's making chewy even tougher. If he got leprosy and his arm fell off, he'd beat the shit out of a bear, dip his stump in lemon juice and sew it back on with his good hand.
broom meet nest...birdpoo meet broom and hot soapy water...voila
Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or anything else is not only impossible, but the mark of a false messiah.
~Illusions - The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah"
by Richard Bach
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