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Hi, I need to have my air conditioner serviced and it turns out there is a pigeon nesting there. The technician will not service with the nest there and unfortunately this cannot wait. I cannot see any babies or eggs but the pigeon doesn't seem to leave the nest even if startled so I'm thinking there may be some new babies under him. There is no good place nearby for me to move the nest. Can I move the nest for a few hours then put it back after the technician is finished assuming I can get the pigeon out of it somehow? If there are babies or eggs in there, will the parent still care for them? Please help! Based on the info I have found I am getting mised answers to these questions.
 

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Most likely you can move it for a few hours. Best to move about 10 AM, and have it back in place by 3PM, when they "shift change is for the nesting pairs.
 

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Thank you for being concerned for these pigeons. If you have to, it should be fine to move them as mentioned for as few hours as possible. The parent on the nest will move if you move the babies. The parents WILL come back and tend to the babies even if they have been touched. Hopefully they will also come back if the nest is replaced; I see no reason why they wouldn't. I've had to move nest boxes and such around before and the parents didn't abandon them. If possible please set the babies in a box or basket with a towel, and if you can please do provide them with some warmth during their time away from the parent--a heating pad on low under the box, or a heating lamp set up a bit away from them, even a microwaved sock full of uncooked rice will do. The parents sit on them around the clock when they're very small to keep them warm, so this would help a lot. Hopefully it won't take them too long to service the A/C. Good luck and please ask any other questions you might have.
 

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Thank you for your responses. I am pretty certain there is at least one baby in the nest. No matter what I do the pigeon will not move more than an inch or 2 to the side and it won't stand up. How long do they sit on the babies around the clock? I hate to disturb them at this point, if the mama will even let me. Maybe I can delay the repair a week or two until the babies are a bit older. If I wasn't pregnant myself I would give them more time but I'm having my own troubles dealing with the heat!
 

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Thank you for your responses. I am pretty certain there is at least one baby in the nest. No matter what I do the pigeon will not move more than an inch or 2 to the side and it won't stand up. How long do they sit on the babies around the clock? I hate to disturb them at this point, if the mama will even let me. Maybe I can delay the repair a week or two until the babies are a bit older. If I wasn't pregnant myself I would give them more time but I'm having my own troubles dealing with the heat!
I think you correct that there must be at least one baby under Mom. In my experience, they are much more prone to fly away while sitting on eggs, but most do NOT want to leave their babies.
Actually, one of the parents stay with the babies 24/7 until they are about 7 or 8 days old. Then, IF the weather is warm enough, they may leave for a few minutes and by the time the babies are about 10 days old or so, they'll start leaving for longer periods.
 

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The bird that is sitting WILL leave if you insist. You may even have to pick it up and toss it into the air to get it to leave. What sort of nest did they build? A lot of pigeons just sort of throw together a few twigs and such and call that a nest.........there's not usually an actual "nest" that can be picked up and moved..........
Any chance of getting some pictures of their situation?
 

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The nest is sort of just thrown together. I got a good look at it this morning and I think you are right that I won't really be able to move it without it falling apart. I will try to get some pictures tonight and post them. The service I have scheduled is for Monday. I think I will try to postpone it another week. Then hopefully the parent will be leaving for at least a short while and I may be able to just push it over a little so that it is out of the way. There is really only one spot the technician needs to get to but that is of course right where the nest is! Thank you for all the helpful info.
 
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