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Birds and chimneys

By Best Chimney Clean, Jul 19 2018 04:57PM

Its summer and birds should be flying round doing birdy things. However if your chimney pot does not have a birdguard type cowl on it they sometimes fall in and get stuck. We have rescued dozens of live birds (yay!) over the years and removed many more expired ones (boo!)

Rescue methods include the traditional grab and go to the more exotic where you can get the bird to hop onto a brush and push it up the chimney, we call it the sweeps elevator! Magpies, Pidgeons and Crows and Jackdaws are common but Owls sometimes find their way down too.

Prevention is key - if you dont have a birdguard fitted then consider getting it done, there are different types available and be aware not all are suitable for 'live' chimneys as they are designed for venting redundant ones.

Have a chat with us if you are not sure or if you are hearing odd noises in the chimney, this Exeter Chimney Sweep is happy to help as ever we are on Twitter and Facebook as well as here and Google

Feb 13 2019 01:09PM by Kevin

Nice tips. One more thing I want to add here is Chimney Swifts are protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. This Federal Law prohibits the removal of any migrating bird without a federal permit. In addition to the prohibited removal, these migratory birds always return to the same nesting spots year after year, therefore, if you had a nest in your chimney last year, you can expect the flock to return this year. If you decide you do not want the birds to return to your home, preventative measures must be taken within the proper window of time. On the other hand, if you would like to provide a home for these birds, it is best to learn ways to help them find and enjoy your home.


Mar 28 2019 08:55AM by jonathanmiles

Thanks Kevin,

Its the same here in the UK - actually all wild birds are protected and it is an offense to disturb a live nesting site as per



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