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Old 05-08-2013, 12:12 PM   #1
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Our bathroom is upstairs and is outside the pitch of the normal roof, so it's close to being a flat roof which means I have no access to it from the attic. There's a hole in the soffit that has allowed birds to nest above our bathroom ceiling. (see yellow circle in pic) The bathroom has old plaster & lathe w/ the mesh metal inside it so its like a tank. There's no signs of any damage coming through the ceiling. We plan to completely gut this bathroom but probably not for a couple years. In the mean time we'd like to cover up the hole to the nest. I actually pulled the piece of soffit down last year but only found that the nest was out of reach - over a piece of wood and probably 2-3 feet back behind it. This means I'm unable to move it and need to close it up at the right time.

Is there any science to this? I'd like to know when they're gone for sure so I don't trap any in there. I live in Follansbee, WV which is about in line with central Ohio. We know there are birds in there now b/c we can hear them chirping in the morning. Would there be an opportune time to close it up? We want to be human and not trap them but at the same time we don't want them to continue nesting there. Any thoughts or tips are appreciated.
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If it were me I'd let the birds do their thing, once there gone fix the hole.

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What he ^ said. Give them a month and then fix it.
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Alright, I'll wait til I hear no more chirping in the morning and then repair it. Thanks
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Good decision.
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Better yet....put a camera up there and give your kids something to watch....
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Better yet....put a camera up there and give your kids something to watch....
I like the idea - but in a different location
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Also watch for babies learning to fly and no more parents going back and forth to feed them. Some birds have more than one brood, flock, or litter, oops, that's what they are doing, not what they are.
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When you see that they're gone see if you can put a container of ammonia in there with some holes in the cover. The smell should drive anything else out that might be in there, so they don't get trapped. Leave the ammonia there for a day or so before patching it. Never tried this myself, only heard it works. Not sure what you'd use for ammonia though, Windex maybe? I don't think you can actually buy that stuff straight, it's quite potent.

Had a robin's nest in one of my hedges a few years back, was cool going to check out their progress.

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When you see that they're gone see if you can put a container of ammonia in there with some holes in the cover. The smell should drive anything else out that might be in there, so they don't get trapped. Leave the ammonia there for a day or so before patching it. Never tried this myself, only heard it works. Not sure what you'd use for ammonia though, Windex maybe? I don't think you can actually buy that stuff straight, it's quite potent.

Had a robin's nest in one of my hedges a few years back, was cool going to check out their progress.

Sure you can, I get it all the time at the grocery store to make my own cleaning solution

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