Every once in a while we get a client that requests something special. This time it was Baby Birds.
This particular client had a special request, save the bird nest and baby birds that were at the front porch. We honestly had not had this request before. Usually a client will ask us to clean up and remove an old abandoned bird nest, or wasp nest (we have not yet received a request to save any wasp nests!) so that we can paint and seal the home properly.
We knew we had a challenge. When spraying the paint onto the surface of the home, there is inevitably overspray that occurs, even a small amount and although we try and minimize this, it happens and if this overspray were to cover the bird nest and or get on the baby birds, the mother would most likely not return. And yet, we could not touch the nest or again the mother bird would not return and the baby birds would not survive. To make matters worse, the mother was hanging back from the nest while we prepped and painted the home, so we were already on a time limit!
What to do, what to do.
We devised a way that we could wrap the nest with a thin film of 3M plastic while we sprayed as close as we could without causing any trouble. Then we carefully removed the plastic wrap.
The birds were still safe.
Next we let the body of the house that had been sprayed, dry out.
Last, we carefully hand cut the trim and siding around the birds nest. We were careful not to touch the nest at all.
Im happy to report that the mother bird came home every night while we were on the jobsite. She seemed to watch from afar as was reported by the homeowner. The baby birds are safe and all is well.