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Birds nesting in my gooseneck trailer

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  • Birds nesting in my gooseneck trailer

    Years ago I had my trailer near a tree and some sparrows decided to build a nest up in the gooseneck right at the front underneath where the frame comes together. I spent a summer taking baby birds to horse shows and having to hear them chirping. Parents refused to take the trip with them . I finally caught it at a time when I thought the babies had all left and tried duct taping the area so the birds couldn't get in. That seemed to work for a couple of years. Well they are back as I moved my trailer about 15 miles away and within a day found two dead babies who must have crawled out looking for food. Once again, parents stayed behind. I really hate this but those stupid birds have found a way to get in again.

    I have tried getting the nest out but I can't get my fingers in and pull it out. Any ideas on how I can stop birds from laying eggs in there? Other than trying to re-duct tape it so they can't get in?

  • #2
    Been there done that -

    Didn't realize we had baby birds till I brought my trailer home from the barn for some cleaning and kept hearing birds chirping - finally discovered the nest. When we took the trailer back to the barn, momma bird was sitting on the fence waiting and went right to them as soon as we were parked.

    Shortly after that we moved to another barn and sadly there were more babies in the nest. A friend of mine dug them out and took them home to care for them until they were old enough to be on their own.

    For some strange reason, we haven't had any since -


    • Original Poster

      With me they keep having babies on top of the old (I know...ick). And the new bird family is probably not related to the old as I had moved 20 miles away and had no problems. I didn't move my trailer for most of last year so possible they moved in last summer.

      I have tried to poke and prod and get the next out but not able to, is there something I could push in there so they wouldn't keep laying eggs?

      I feel like such a murderer...so sad hearing the chirping but I do need to use my trailer. Stupid barn cats, you would think they would help.


      • #4
        My usual robin had her next in that same part of my trailer this year, and to my surprise, an Eastern phoebe also put in a nest there this year. Next year, I'm moving the trailer and covering that front part with a tarp.
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        • #5
          Glad its just not me that happens to-
          I had a pair of wrens nest in mine- I haven't trailered that far away this summer, so the parents were coming back every time I parked it. A couple of weeks ago, it seemed empty so when I hooked the trailer up on Thursday I removed the nest- Apparently they were forcefully evicted- as there was a big snake skin curled up in there
          "As soon as you're born you start dyin'
          So you might as well have a good time"


          • Original Poster

            Originally posted by tabula rashah View Post
            Glad its just not me that happens to-
            I had a pair of wrens nest in mine- I haven't trailered that far away this summer, so the parents were coming back every time I parked it. A couple of weeks ago, it seemed empty so when I hooked the trailer up on Thursday I removed the nest- Apparently they were forcefully evicted- as there was a big snake skin curled up in there
            Note to self...do NOT try to pull next out with hands when I can't see what is in there


            • #7
              Been there done that. SAD.

              Get husband to do it. That is delegation of duties. We had birds, a nest of 5 and eventually they all died from heat. We have had several nests over the past few years in / on the horse trailer.

              We put a block of wood in the areas where birds wanted to nest. It is under the "eaves" of the gooseneck. They also built a nest behind my battery under, so husband moved battery back and put a piece of wood there so they won't. During nesting season, early on, we check 2-3 times a day to evict any nesting material. Next can be built in a few hours, and eggs laid.

              I lost the bezal to the tail gate of my truck, it is the thing that surrounds the handle of the tail gate. Stupid starlings decided inside the handle and into the tail gate was a good place to build a nest. Had to buy a new bezal from the chevy dealer and glue it on really well. Wow were they upset. Then they decided they wanted to nest in the square holes of the bed of the truck. Had to evict a few times a day.

              If you move the nest the birds will never find it. So nip it in the bud before it happens.

              Hey before I knew there were birds under the eaves of the trailer, I had been hauling out many hours a day. Nests didn't come out. I felt SO guilty.

              Prevention first and foremost is the answer. Got to out smart the birds.


              • Original Poster

                Problem is, those birds can get into a lot smaller places than my hands. I will try again poking out the nest but sure would prefer doing it when I knew there weren't baby birds in there.

                And I think the idea of filling with a piece of wood is good, this fall I will find something that hopefully fits snug enough.