Bird's nest in a tree

Birds are extremely busy in the springtime and have the job of mating, nest building and raising their young all in a few months time. It is important to pick the right time to remove a bird’s nest because you do not want to disrupt the development of the chicks or have to deal with their relocation.

Although it can be exciting to watch a bird meticulously build its nest, it’s not very fun to find out a bird has built it’s nest in your gutters or attic. According to Texas Parks and Wildlife: “All wild birds that migrate through or are indigenous to Texas, along with their plumage or other parts, eggs, nests and young are protected from harming, killing and/or possession by state and federal law except that European starlings, English sparrows, and feral pigeons may be killed at any time and their nests and eggs may be destroyed.”

So while most wild birds nests cannot be moved, there are a few species in Texas you can move. Here are some tips on how to remove a nest if you’re thinking about doing it:

Determining the Right Time for Bird Nest Removal

Knowing when it is time to move a nest will keep you from harming any wildlife, and will keep you out of trouble with the authorities. It is best to first mitigate possible damage caused by any birds nest, and then wait until the nest is abandoned.

  • Many types of birds are federally protected species. Removing a birds nest prematurely could result in a fine.
  • Some birds may return to their nest each year.
  • After removing the bird’s nest, you might be required to take additional measures to prevent birds from building another nest in the same spot.


The nest is being constructed in a hazardous location.

Birds will build nests in unsafe locations such as inside dryer vents and chimneys. Not only can a nest start a fire, your home could become infested with ticks and mites that are often found on twigs.

In these instances, you might not have time to wait until the birds have completed their nesting process. You should immediately contact a pest control professional for safe and effective bird nest removal.


The birds have abandoned the nest.

The nesting period can last up to 10 weeks. Determining the stage of the nesting takes a little sleuthing on your part.

Without touching the nest, investigate its content. If there are eggs present, count and record the number of eggs. Return to the nest every three days to determine whether the eggs have hatched. After the birds have left the nest, it is safe to have the nest removed.


A predator or storm knocks the nest to the ground.

If you notice a nest in your yard, investigate it to determine if it contains unhatched eggs. Nests that are built in trees are likely to get ravaged by Cuckoos or Cowbirds or are blown down by strong winds. Plan to have the nest removed if there is no activity in it.

Professionals Can Help With Safe Bird Nest Removal

Humanely transporting a nest should be done by professionals who know the laws and understand the dangers of the task. Our pest control professionals at Critter Ridder Texas can help you determine the best approach to remove a nest on your property. Contact us today if you have any critter issue.