In a frantic spring of trying to garden, paint my porch and deck and dodging raindrops, I neglected to check my gas grill! I had put duct tape over the holes on the sides of the cover, knowing I could get visitors. This oversight has now officially put the grill off limits for some time to come.
I just thought you might enjoy this "keep focused or else!" moment. It seems that some prehistoric birds have built their nest in the grill. The parents should be very proud. There are several large chunks of newspaper in it, and a number of fresh greens plucked from goodness knows where.
It'll be easy enough to clear once the babies have left. A big fire and a lot of scrubbing with the wire brush. But in the meantime, I'll be happy watching the little ones. By the way, I did put the cover back down.
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By Gloria Z 05/27/2015
I live in the Chicago area so in the fall I put an old waterproof table cloth over the grill & secure it with bunji cords. I also add a sheet of Bounce dryer sheets to discourage bees & yellow jacks from nesting in it.
I also have an outside light that they love to nest on. Every year I'd take down the nest and every year the birds would return & build a new one in its place. So one year I left the nest in its place by spring it was falling apart but I still left it there. To my surprise they stopped nesting there - end of problem.
By Melissa M. 06/06/2009
Birds hate noisy things, maybe put a windchime or 2 on it.
By Maryeileen 06/04/2009
Do you know what kind of birds they are? Please keep us posted.
By Judi 06/04/2009
Bless your heart! You won't use the grill until the babies leave. How nice of you! We got a lot of laughs the years we moved our cars out of the carport because we would scare teh birds nesting in the rafters if we parked there. People thought it was so funny that we gave up our carport to the birds. Happy to know we're not the only "bird nuts"!
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I need a way to help keep birds (any kinds ) from building birds nest in my BBQ grill. We have burned the nests many times - before the mother could lay the eggs. And they keep coming back. i have left the lid open and they still build. And when it is covered they still get in there. Any ideas?
Any help is appreciated. Thank you. (06/06/2007)