Bird Nests- What are they? What are they used for?

If you look closely into a tree, you might be able to spot a nest. Amazingly, a bird will only spend a few days building this intricate and secretive design. As much as their work is to be admired, nesting can become problematic as birds are commonly carriers of diseases and mites, while also attracting other pests such as fleas onto your property. While we can't remove a nest that's in use as we wouldn't want to upset the growth of their young, we can remove nests for you after they're no longer needed and protect your property from any further harm.

Birds make nests to provide a warm and safer environment to protect their eggs and raise their young in the earlier stages of life. Virtually all birds in the UK create nests, but will all create them differently based on different characteristics between species. Nest building takes a lot of work - especially when they're built in such a short space of time. Therefore, birds will find the most efficient way to build their nest. Smaller birds have discovered that the roofs on our houses can provide small and safe halls for them to nest, while birds like owls will sometimes find small, natural holes in trees.

Once the nest is prepared, the female will begin to lay her eggs. With there being over 10,000 species of bird globally, you can imagine how much variance there is in incubation times and how many eggs are laid. This can also be impacted by weather and food availability. Birds will also incubate differently depending on how they'd like all their eggs to hatch. Some will incubate them all together once they're all laid, as this will help them all hatch at similar times. However, some will incubate their eggs as soon as they're laid, allowing the eggs to slowly hatch one at a time. For birds with a shorter incubation time, there is a greater need for the nest once the eggs are hatched. They will be blind, featherless and pretty much defenceless, so they will be kept warm and fed in the nest until they begin to develop.

Once all of the young are strong enough to fend for themselves, they will leave their nest but in most cases will stay close to their parents for a while. It's very uncommon for nests to be reused, even though some species will return to the same nesting spot each year. However, as birds carry pests such as fleas and mites, there is always the chance that birds will bring in new residents. When we remove nests, we ensure that we use an insecticide once the nest is clear. Following these methods allows us to remove the unwanted nest from your home once the birds have raised these young, while protecting the people on your property from potential harm.

If you have a birds nest on your property that’s ready to be removed, or simply need some advice, then don’t hesitate to contact us:

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