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Old 04-17-08, 01:35 PM
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Bird nesting problem... in my grill! Somebody help!!!



I've been having trouble keeping birds out of my grill lately. This is the third (maybe fourth) time since winter that I've had to clean it out. I'm getting ready to again after work and am sick of it. I've spent more time cleaning it this year than cooking on it. This is, however, the first time there has been eggs. I have a grill cover, but they seem to be getting up in there anyway. My family and I ate outside for lunch today and there was one bird that just kept circling the deck with straw in his mouth waiting for us to leave. Fuckin' bastard.

I've taken and will take pretty much any suggestion. I've tried rubber snakes on the deck, a scarecrow, and I will be putting out a fake owl today after I clean it. Any other ideas? Give up and rely on the Foreman all summer? Tips & tricks? What should I do with the eggs?
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Solution: poison some bird food and leave it in/near the grill. Only one more clean-up needed.

Alternate solution: trap the bird in the grill and light the grill. The only clean-up required will be dishes afterwards! Yum!
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I certainly hope you didn't disturb those eggs, you monster.

Maybe build/buy a nice birdhouse and post it near the grill. Hopefully, the birds will get the hint.
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Move the grill up into a tree, obviously
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Looks like you have a ready made meal there.
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Buy BBQ cover.
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They are only using half your grill. You can just use the top part. Don't be selfish, birds like (to be) BBQ, too.
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Flava Flav has some tips to help you keep bird out of your grill.
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How... How...? How could the birds have possibly made such a gigantic nest and you not notice?! I mean, WOW!

I wonder if presenting them with something else they might like to nest in would be better? Some sort of open birdhouse thing?
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I noticed, but I'm not going to clean it out every night. My wife suggested a bird house but I'm skeptical. Won't that just draw more birds?
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This is the first year that some robins tried to build a nest on top of my mailbox by my front door. For a week-and-a-half my routine was to discard the nest accumulation when I returned home from work since the nest was inactive. I found a square rolled-up piece of cardboard to place on my mailbox and that seemed to do the trick.

I am sure the birds will enact their revenge on me someday... I will return and parts of my house will be missing.
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Turn that sucker on and enjoy:

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The eggs will hatch soon and the babies will only take about a month before they're ready to leave. Can you wait for just a bit? Think of the babies.
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How are they gettting inside the grill? Can you plug the opening with foil when the grill isn't in use?
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Michael this is funny because a friend of ours was just complaining about the same thing last Sunday. (you better not really live in Clarksville and just put Louisville on your location )


Maybe the birds around these parts had a convention about the best nesting locations. (ie grills)
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Maybe you should leave the grill on low when you are done?

Or perhaps a piece of cardboard (remove before cooking) above the tank, so when they get under the cover, they cant get into the grill. Also some bungee straps around the cover to make access less convenient.

Last solution, buy a Weber kettle.
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Originally Posted by jonw9
Or perhaps a piece of cardboard (remove before cooking) above the tank, so when they get under the cover, they cant get into the grill. Also some bungee straps around the cover to make access less convenient.
My cover has a pull string and I pull it damn tight. They seem to be walking underneath and getting up that way. I didn't even think of closing off the openings with cardboard.

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Michael this is funny because a friend of ours was just complaining about the same thing last Sunday. (you better not really live in Clarksville and just put Louisville on your location )
Nope.

Originally Posted by Kittydreamer
The eggs will hatch soon and the babies will only take about a month before they're ready to leave. Can you wait for just a bit? Think of the babies.
A month? Seriously? I usually grill out a couple times a week. Those buggers aren't staying.
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No way can you grill a couple of times per week, and yet birds snuck in and built a huge nest and laid some eggs in-between.

You've been neglecting your grill and the birds jumped all over it.

Now, assert your priority on the food chain and fire that sucker up!!!
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Been there done that..........TWICE
Once in NJ, years ago and just two summers ago, here in NC.

The nest in NJ was HUGE and beautiful and there was no way we were going to disturb them. They finally hatched and the mom was doing her thing.. then one morning I walked out my back door and found the grill top moved.. like it was picked up and turned on the grill....and then I looked and noticed some dead baby birds in my backyard.. a raccoon must have moved the top and got to the babies.. we were heart broken.
When we noticed the nest and eggs here in NC we tied the grill shut and waited... soon enough they were born and gone.
Major pain in the ass..but that's mother nature.
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I suggest gathering it all up in a big trash bag, taking a road trip to French Lick, and making their relatives deal with it...

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Originally Posted by drmoze
No way can you grill a couple of times per week, and yet birds snuck in and built a huge nest and laid some eggs in-between.
Originally Posted by Michael Corvin
I usually grill out a couple times a week.
Kinda hard to fire it up multiple times when I have to clean it every time.
Headed out now to take care of it.
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Originally Posted by CPA-ESQ.
Turn that sucker on and enjoy:

Thats what I say, Fire it up.
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Originally Posted by Michael Corvin
Kinda hard to fire it up multiple times when I have to clean it every time.
Headed out now to take care of it.

It has been over an hour, can somebody check and see if he is OK!?!?!
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Originally Posted by dogmatica
How... How...? How could the birds have possibly made such a gigantic nest and you not notice?! I mean, WOW!

I wonder if presenting them with something else they might like to nest in would be better? Some sort of open birdhouse thing?
Depending on the bird, they can build a nest damn fast. We had robins underneath our deck once year and they built a nest in one afternoon.
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I am, the eggs? Not so much. You joke but it is a PITA to clean up, that's why I'm fed up with it. Got my owl out there on guard. The snake is covering the ground route and I put some cardboard in the grill over [I presume] the entry holes.

Question is will I be alright in a few days if I have to clean it again.

We are now at Day 0.

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