A family of pigeons is being allowed to nest in a chandelier in a living room where the window is even left open so the birds can care for their young.
The unusual arrangement is taking place in the district of Osmangazi in the north-western Turkish province of Bursa after the Mengin family discovered the birds had started to build a nest in their home.
It was not revealed how the pigeons came to choose the ceiling light as a nest, with the Mengin family saying they simply walked into the room one day and the birds were already there.
According to local media, family members watched their new winged housemates come and go with twigs and other materials for their nest, which they built in one of the shades of their ceiling light over a three day period.
Afterwards, the birds laid eggs in the nest and cared for them for over a month before two chicks hatched in the living room.
Despite ignoring the Mengin’s attempts to provide food and water, the growing bird family prefers to fend for themselves, and continues to live in the home.
The Mengins told local media that they have covered the other ceiling lights to not disturb the birds and they even leave the window open so the parent birds can come and go as they please.
Riza Mengin said: “The birds arrived a month ago and they built their nest within a few days.
Riza Mengin said: “We try to care of them as much as possible, they are okay here.
“The chicks are being raised in a safe, healthy environment. Although, when they start flying we will probably have to say goodbye to them.”
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