One of the most annoying things that you can experience as a homeowner or renter is the presence of a bird in your chimney. Although not dangerous to you, a bird's presence can be quite distracting and annoying, and you will not be able to use your fireplace for fear of harming the bird. This brief article will give you a few steps to take with regard to tracking down and removing any bird that has made your chimney its home.
Removing The Bird
It should be noted that if the bird is a local species and has nested in your chimney, there are no further steps to take. Simply put, it is illegal to remove a nesting local bird species from any area where it has an active nest. That means there is no further recourse for you to take. You must simply await the bird's departure from your chimney. However, nests of invasive bird species, like starlings and sparrows, are not protected, and you may remove these active nests.
If the bird has not created a permanent or semi-permanent home in your chimney, there are steps you can take to safely and properly remove the bird. If in any situation you do not feel up to the task of handling a bird or, for any reason feel uncomfortable, it is recommended that you call a specialized wildlife representative to take care of this matter for you.
If your chimney is open at the bottom, containing a fireplace, it might be prudent to see if the bird will come out of its own accord, into your house. This means performing a number of actions. First, leave all of the doors and windows open that the bird could possibly access.
Secondly, leave the room so that the bird might be tempted to fly away. If this doesn't work, make sure that all is as quiet as it possibly can be. From this point in time, try pointing a flashlight at the bird. This might startle it and cause it to fly away out the top of the chimney from whence it came.
Hopefully, these issues will resolve themselves. However, if you find that the bird flies out from the chimney but is unable or unwilling to make it out of your home, you will have to contain the beast and then allow it to be set free.
Trapping and Containing
It should be noted that you should be incredibly careful when it comes to handling birds, especially small birds. Small birds are especially fragile and should be handled with the most delicate of hands. It is often recommended that the bird be picked up with a towel, which will ease the shock to the bird and will keep you from being hurt by the bird in question.
Although small nesting birds – the kind you will often find inside of your chimney cannot usually hurt you by way of their talons or by kicking or scratching, you might be surprised to find out that their beaks are quite painful when used as a weapon against humans.
A sparrow's beak peck is almost like a series of tacks being driven in rapid succession. Large birds should be handled with a thick towel or gardening gloves, due to the fact that they can be quite dangerous. Luckily, there are very few large nesting birds that tend to make their homes in residential chimneys.
Make sure you handle the birds by their back feathers gently, yet firmly. Many birds will go into shock when handled by humans and tend to lose feathers. This can mean that they will lose their tail feathers, which grants them the ability to fly, and it could take them months for them to grow it back. Most small birds can easily be contained in a small shoebox.
It is generally unnecessary to supply them with food or water unless they are being handled for over one day. Make sure that you supply them with bird feed and water and never any milk from animals.
Birds that make their home in your chimney can be pesky pests. Luckily, there are easy ways to rid yourself of these fine feathered beasts. If you can't remove the bird yourself, contact a company like Emory Brantley & Sons Termite and Pest Control.
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