Artificial Barn Swallow Nest Cups

Last updated 1/23/2021


barn swallow nest cup

Artificial Barn Swallow Nest Cups

Individual nests may be used to coax a nest building pair to move to a more suitable location. Barn swallows frequently build nests over door frames and on top of porch lights. An artificial nest placed elsewhere on the porch when the swallow mud is removed will likely be readily accepted.

Multiple nests may be used to entice swallows to use your porch, shed, or other building for the first time. If barn swallows are observed in your yard, and, especially if they have ever shown interest in nesting there, offering several appropriately placed artificial nests will greatly improve your chances of attracting them.


Note: After twenty years, the “nest cup factory” is now closed. I intend to continue adding content to this site and much appreciate visitors’ input relating to their experiences with swallows and other species nesting in their home habitat. Nest cups have been available from other internet sites for the past several years, and, I trust, will continue to be available. Also, any type of small shelf will allow swallows to build on many types of walls while preventing the mud nest from falling. During the past 20 years, I have enjoyed corresponding with many visitors to this site and especially in meeting some of you in person. Most of the thousands of nest cups shipped were placed under porch roofs or in outbuildings, horse barns being a favorite location. Many cups were also placed under piers and in boat houses, usually to lure swallows away from nesting directly over boats. In two instances, swallows were nesting on house boats, and in one case, the swallow brood took a daily several hour outing on the lake and still fledged normally. The adults resumed feeding the nestlings as soon as the boat docked. But, the main use for the nest cups has been to entice nesting swallows to not build their nest directly over the front door or porch light. This, more than anything, has allowed many humans and swallows to coexist in the home habitat.  

Richard Van Vleck
richard@americanartifacts.com


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2010 - 2016 Northern flicker nestings
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2014 barn owl nesting - prey study
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2010 barn owl nesting
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2016-2017 Kestrel nestings
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2001 - 2013 nest cams
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