What would you do with unwanted tenants?
We had to evict some unwanted tenants the other day. It was a little unnerving; it was four baby birds. Their parents had made the unfortunate decision to take up residence in our dryer vent. I suppose they thought it would be warm, safe, and, well, dry. We don’t know how long they had been there, though I think I heard tweets early in the year, but I thought they were nesting in the attic. The feathered squatters were discovered when I opened our dryer to remove freshly laundered clothes and instead I was nearly knocked over by the stench wafting out. I first thought something had not dried and mildewed somehow, but the clothes were all dry, but they smelled anything but clean. After making a quick phone call to a friend, Aaron checked the outside of the dryer vent and what did he hear? Yes, the little chirps of baby birds. Thus the dilemma. Do we remove the unwanted trespassers? It’s not their fault their parents didn’t locate more appropriate real estate. What if they die because the parents won’t take care of them once removed? We did not want one of our last acts at this house end in dead baby birds. That is just sad. Of course that means we turned to facebook and twitter for advice, and also animal control. Verdict: we had to remove the birds and nest if we wanted to use our dryer again. Well, we need to use it with a 7 month old. We don’t have the funds or time to spend at a laundrymat, nor do I want to lug Micah with me and hear him fuss the whole time. So the birdies must come out.
Here is the adventure that ensued and we ended up sharing with some neighbors, one of which kindly removed the babies when my tender-hearted husband could not. Thanks to Lionel for doing the dirty work. Just so you are assured; No baby birds were harmed in the making of this film or their actual removal, and they are still alive. We believe the parents are tending them, and they moved them from the box on our deck to under the deck by our foundation.
So, what would you do?