What To Do If Birds Get Stuck In Your Chimney

A family in Baydon had to call for help when a pair of jackdaws had come down the chimney & then found themselves stuck. Here is what happened next...

There’s nothing more lovely than having a roaring fire crackling away in your fireplaces in Stafford when the nights are long and the weather is freezing outside. But what isn’t quite as lovely is hearing all sorts of scratches and thumps from inside your chimney… which means you might well have a little bird or animal of some kind stuck in there.

Think this could never happen in a month of Sundays? Think again – we’ve just come across this article in the Gazette & Herald detailing how a family in Baydon had to call out the RSPCA because they heard some mysterious scratching noises coming from inside the walls of their living room… and it turned out that a pair of jackdaws had come down the chimney and then found themselves stuck. 

The fireplace had been blocked off with plasterboard and Sharon Chrisp – deputy chief inspector with the charity – having to use a jigsaw blade to cut a hole in it so the animals could be freed. After that, it was simply a matter of opening a window and letting them fly their way to freedom and the great outdoors.

Ms Chrisp said: “We could hear the birds behind the wall but couldn’t get to them. There were eight ventilation holes drilled in the plasterboard so with a jigsaw blade I cut the board between the holes big enough for the birds to squeeze their way through and escape. It was great to see both birds safely released to the wild with no injuries.”

Since this can happen, you should make sure you know what to do if you are unlucky enough to find bats in your belfry! Remember that if your chimney is occupied by a nesting bird, it’s actually illegal to remove or disturb the nest because nesting birds are protected by law.

If you find adult birds trapped in your chimney, try to tempt the bird out yourself if your chimney is open at the bottom. Go out of the room and leave any windows open, with the curtains pulled back. Put a torch
at the bottom of the chimney and see if the bird is drawn to the light. It may take a few hours for this plan to work so be patient and make sure the room
stays entirely quiet.

After a few hours, if the bird still hasn’t put in an appearance, get the torch and look up into the chimney itself to see if you can see where it is. There is often a little ledge in chimneys that birds can perch on and you should be able to reach it if it has decided to settle there. If you can’t see it and the bird is further up, get in touch with the RSPCA or other wildlife rescue organisation for a bit of extra help.


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