Moving a Pigeon Nesting on My Balcony?

A pigeon is nesting on my apartment balcony with two eggs. I am leaving to live in another apartment in ten days and have to clean everything. What do I do?


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February 16, 20190 found this helpful
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With pigeons, if you move the nest, the mother pigeon will abandon the nest, possibly. Also, unless the bird is a Rock Pigeon, European Starling, or a House Sparrow, it is illegal to touch or move the nest.
If you contact the Fish and Wildlife Dept they will be able to advise you further:

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department



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April 18, 20200 found this helpful

How do you know the difference between pigeons - I have a pigeon trying to build a nest in my tree, and pooping everywhere in the process?

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February 16, 20190 found this helpful
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Talk to the landlord. I would not touch it myself or do anything other than make sure the balcony is swept clean (the floor). Let the landlord deal with it. Be sure to take photos and have documentation of who you talked to and when if they use this as an excuse not to refund the security deposit.


Best wishes on your move!

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February 18, 20190 found this helpful
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As a general rule, pigeons are not a protected species in the U.S. (but may be in other countries) with the exception that you cannot just out and out kill them.

You should check within your own state/city/county by contacting the US Fish & Wildlife just to be sure.
Here are 2 links that will help you find your state and who to contact. It should be easy and you will have an answer immediately.

Here is what the state of Florida has on their web site:

"All pigeons that were developed from rock doves (Figure 1) have a white rump, usually a white diamond-shaped patch just above the tail feathers. In white birds the white rump blends with the general body color. Many pigeons have retained the ancestral rock dove coloration: gray body, darker gray head and neck, white rump, dark band on the end of the tail, dark wing tips, and two black stripes running along the back edge of each win


The feral pigeon is an exotic species in North American and is listed as an unprotected species by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and as feral livestock by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The birds, their eggs and nests may be removed by any method except by poison, steel traps, or with guns and lights at night. Some municipalities have issued local ordinances that protect all birds, both exotic and native. Be sure to check with local authorities before starting any bird control activities."

This site has a good picture of these pigeons (fig. 1).

You should take pictures of the pigeon and nest just to be sure as some people mistake pigeons for doves and different rules may be involved.

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February 16, 20190 found this helpful

Definitely sweep away any feces. Tell the landlord or maintenance about this. They will take care of it.

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