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Sarahtil87
May 30, 2018 1:12 PM CST
I have common sparrows nesting in a rafters of my covered patio. I have already had one set of birds successfully raise a batch of eggs this year, and it appears the birds are back for round two. The problem is we will be painting our house in 3 weeks and the nesting material will have to be pulled out to paint around. I don't think there are eggs in the nest right now (cannot see in the nest due to the location), as I have seen the birds bringing back straw and grass as if they are building the nest. Is it better to remove the nest now even though it is almost complete, or to take the chance that the babies may not be gone by the time we paint?
I know this is a forum for plants but I figure with plants come the birds and someone may have some advice for me. Thank you!!
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Xeramtheum
May 30, 2018 1:25 PM CST
Remove the nest now and keep removing it until they get the message.
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BigBill
May 30, 2018 4:37 PM CST
If they lay new eggs by this Sunday, it will take about 12 days or so for them to hatch. Then about another twelve days for them to fledge and leave the nest. So you are looking at more than three weeks.
If it was me, I would remove the nest since they have had one family already. They may have one or even two more broods. Common sparrows? I think that they are likely to be English Soarrows. They are not really sparrows but a type of weaver finch. They are NO T native to this continent.
They may make several more attempts at nesting since they know that they had recent success under your eaves. Keep at it until they give up.
Their lifespan is 2-3 years at most so this too shall pass.
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ctcarol
May 30, 2018 7:22 PM CST
Clean it out now, and do anything you can to discourage them from rebuilding. They are dirty, noisey, and will drag all kinds of trash and weed seeds into your area...then discard it in your lawn/flowerbeds. I enjoy most birds, but NOT sparrows.
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greene
May 30, 2018 7:30 PM CST
I believe sparrows can have 2-4 broods per year. Yes, remove the nest material and keep at it. They will eventually get the message and select a different nesting site.

You could do a DIY board with small sharp nails poking up to keep the birds from landing in that place. Either nail it temporarily or use wire or a zip tie. Another way that does not involve sharp nails is to buy a metal Slinky, stretch it out and attach it to the rafters. I supposed the plastic Slinky would work just as well and they cost less.
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