Can I Move a Nest?

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Can I Move a Nest?

by Patty

A Question About a Bird Nest:

I am having a new fence put in next to a nest.

Can I move the nest at all?

If I leave it, I know the fencing crew will scare the mom and knock the egg out of the nest.

Thanks.

Patty

Hi Patty

This is a difficult situation for the survival of the egg in the nest.

If you are sure that the crew cannot avoid destroying the nest and sending the chick in the egg to its peril, then moving may be its only hope.

The new nest site you choose should be fairly close to the original location so the parent birds know where to find it so they can continue to care for the baby when it hatches.

It would also help the move to be successful if the new location was similarly located in height and setting to where it is now.

Securing the nest solidly in its new place will be very important, so it is not blown down.

I wish you all the success in the world!

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