There was no screen cover on this HUD Wreck I've been working on and I
failed to put one on right after getting it. I hear an adult bird in there
now. Goes in and out. It's a straight shot up.
Will smoking em with some newspaper and maybe pinecones get em to vacate a
bit while I run up and put a cover on ya think? Don't wanna really light a
regular fire since it's been hovering around 100 the past 10 days if ya
know what I mean.
Please, no cracks about bats in my belfry :-)
There's a real good chance there's a nest w/ hatchlings which can make a
mess if left. If can tell, and there is a nest, I'd try to dislodge it
at the same time.
We have barn swallows every year -- the rustle around a little, the
little ones cheep for a while and by mid-summer they're gone.
I keep intending to put a cap on and every winter goes by and I don't... :)
If you throw in burning stuff, it'll kill the babies and they'll be left
inside to smell up the place.
Yeah, if you light a regular fire, that means opening the damper and
possibly the critters will come in your house.
One winter I had the pilot light go out on my gas furnace. I called the
furnace people to light it for me....new homeowner and didn't know what to
do. The guy looked inside and found a dead bird. I had him put it in a
cardboard box and then i put the box outside to deal with the dead bird
later. I went out 20 minutes later and the bird was gone. Seems it was
only knocked out and came back to life outside. I got a chimney cover soon
I had swallows build a nest in the porch rafters over my entryway one
year. I thought it would be a good science experience for my little
girl. It was. But the birds and 3-4 offspring shit like the dickens
all over the welcome mat, for months.
AND THEN, the offspring kept trying to come back, year after year, for
like 4-5 years. I had to put screen under the porch rafters to keep
If your birds are swallows, get 'em out now and keep them out.
On Thu, 12 Jun 2008 20:13:53 -0500, Red Green wrote:
If you do the smoke routine, the birds may die from CO poisoning and fall
into the chimney. Can't imagine how a bird could be expected to fly out
of a chimney. There's not enough space to get wings flapping and create
the needed lift. There should be a cleanout at the bottom. Clean out
ash and old bones and then go get a cover for the chimney.
have a chimney guy come, do camera inspection of chimney, which needs
done before its ever used.
the camera should scare birds o they leave, then cap can be put on
immediately if theres no nest with babies
These are probably chimney swifts and are protected by the
International Migrating Bird Treaty.
You are breaking the law if you remove an active nest, eggs, baby
birds, or adult birds.
They will vacate the nest at the end of the summer. You can put a
screen up then.
Screen should not be "back door screen", but hardware cloth with holes
big enough to not plug when flue gasses are expelled.
I am a former Certifed Chimney Sweep
You don't need a fire -- if you don't thenk they've nested yet, get either
your shop vac or a leaf blower (or both), stick it in your fireplace and
turn it on. They'll leave in haste and give you enough time to put on a
screen. I had something similar, when grackles started a nest inside the
long flexible bathroom fan exhaust vent. I just turned on the fan, they
scrambled out (and the fan also blew out the beginnings of a nest) and I
went outside and put on a screen.
If they've already started a nest, let your conscience, etc. . . .
Open the damper. Get a cat.
My 7-year old cat, Bob, who hasn't been outside since he was a wee kitten
caught a swift.
He howled like the Cat of the Baskervilles until I came to see what all the
ruckus was about. There he was, silly grin on his face, one paw holding down
a scared itty-bitty bird.
I retrieved the unhurt, but terrified, bird and loosed it out the door. It
Bob, however, wasn't fit to live with for about a week. He had to tell the
other cats about his adventure. Several times. Buttons popped off his shirt,
he swelled his chest so much.
??? Never heard of a cat in a chimney! I guess it could happen...
Bob caught the swift in the kitchen, but (I reckon from the noise) he chased
it all over the place first.
With cats, it's not the capture - or even the possible meal - it's the
chase! All cats have a chase reflex; if you run into a mountain lion in the
park remember this: If you run, you merely die tired - the cat WILL chase
I just read a story about a senior couple who found a bobcat with a litter
of two under the hedge in their (large) backyard.
Each evening the couple sit in their backyard and, from a distance, watch
the two cubs growing up. Momma bobcat is well aware of the people but, as
long as they keep a respectful distance, doesn't seem to mind too much.
That, and the raw chicken the couple leave for the critters.
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