Cleaning out nests in birdhouses

If there is an old nest in a birdhouse, does it need to be removed after the birds leave or can it be left in there for the next season for new birds.

  7 answers
  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Apr 27, 2018
    Hi Richard, we have a local group of folks that put out blue bird houses on all the local golf courses and they said it was mandatory to clean them out every spring.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Apr 27, 2018
    My dad had a purple marten house and early each spring he would lower it down and clean out all the old nests.

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Apr 27, 2018
    All the old nest in a birdhouse need to be cleaned out, however I had a few nest built on my drain pipes coming down from the roof, and the birds actually use them year after year.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Apr 27, 2018
    I would think birds would not use the same nest. Remove them

  • Cindy Cindy on Apr 27, 2018

  • Mil15462713 Mil15462713 on Apr 27, 2018
    every couple of years after all babies are gone, I climb the ladders, reach a finger in and hope for the best ! Im 79 ! Usually get a clump of mess, which is fine, and usually don't replace. Then early spring, begin putting out clumps of dryer-lint, all kinds of strands of stuff they can use for nesting, fabric, straw, old hats, grasses, hats, etc. They are creative ! They'll get their new nests built in no time next spring.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 27, 2018
    Clean it out as vermin might take over in there...........