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A bird has flew down my chimney and is stuck behind the fire. Any ideas what to do?


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Old 15-05-2007, 16:06
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Who would i be best calling. I tried taking the fire apart but dont want to mess with it to much.

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Old 15-05-2007, 16:06
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Light the fire
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:10
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I was going to say that!

Sorry OP, I have no serious answer.

As for who you gonna call.........ghostbusters??!

*sorry, I'm getting my coat as we speak*
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:11
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How the fook did it manage to do that?

In asnwer to your question i dont know. Sorry
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:13
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Council or gas supplier?
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:13
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RSPCA advice line? They should be able to tell you what to do.
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:14
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I am loathed to give a serious answer but contact the RSPB?
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:14
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Wait until the noises stop and then try to ignore the smell ??

Sorry, jen, can you get my coat while you're there please.
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:14
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It ain't going to go back up the chimney, that's for sure, so at some point you're going to have to move the fire. Also, be prepared for a very sooty and terrified bird in your living room!
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:15
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A bird in the hand is worth 10 in the fire?

I just made that up. Its crap isn't it?
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:16
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what type of fire is it?
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:16
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what type of fire is it?
probably a hot one
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:17
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probably a hot one
At least you've got dinner sorted
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:17
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It ain't going to go back up the chimney, that's for sure, so at some point you're going to have to move the fire. Also, be prepared for a very sooty and terrified bird in your living room!
My dad had to do that once. In hindsight it would have made sense to lock the cat in the other room...
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:18
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I once had a bird come down my chimney.I had to move the gas fire to let it out. It then flew round the room crapping everywhere and landed on the top of the curtain rail.
I opened a window and left the room for half an hour. When I went back it had gone out the window.
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:18
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probably a hot one
I'm drinking coffee here.
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:18
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Poor thing You'll have to unscrew the front of the fire and see what happens?
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:20
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This happened in our house about ten years ago. The bird was stuck there for a few days, and we fed it with seed and breadcrumbs and stuff like that (pushed under the gap at the bottom of the fire). It was a quiet little thing actually, apart from the occasional flutter you'd never have known it was there.

We called out an engineer and he had to take the fire apart to let the bird out (it promptly flew out of the patio window, apparently unscathed by the experience).

You're going to have to get it out at some point, alive or dead - it's not exactly going to be able to fly back up the chimney - so there's little point in putting it off. Call whoever services your fire and get them to sort it out; they no doubt get callouts for this sort of thing all of the time.

Get a grille put on your chimney so it doesn't happen again.

It could be worse. In days of yore, I'm told, birds would fall down the chimney onto an open fire, catch fire, and then fly around the room - you can imagine the chaos this caused.
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:21
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How the fook did it manage to do that?
Came down the chimney, presumably. Since they often nest in chimneys, I'd guess it would be a jackdaw. I used to live in an old house where jackdaws nested, and it wasn't all that unusual for a young bird to tumble down into the fireplace in spring or early summer. I once had one that came down into my bedroom fireplace and started fluttering clumsily (and sootily) around the room at about five in the morning.

I assume you're talking about a gas fire, Rampage?

Only options:[LIST=1][*]Let the bird die.[*]Contact someone to remove the fire.[/LIST]Incidentally, it's useful to have an old towel you can throw over the bird.
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:23
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My dad had to do that once. In hindsight it would have made sense to lock the cat in the other room...
Yeah, but it did solve the problem of feeding the cat.
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:25
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If it's gas, TRANSCO will get it out for you, or at least they did for me about 10 years ago. However, you then need a gas engineer to put the fire back in.
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:26
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Yeah, but it did solve the problem of feeding the cat.
The bird did survive, but it was doubly petrified! Also we had additional sooty paw prints all over the furniture too!
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:27
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Id have thought only the front needs moving.. no need to mess with the pipes, just the housing
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:27
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I'd be inclined to ring the fire brigade and ask their advice. They are practical people and have dealt with most things.
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Old 15-05-2007, 16:40
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Yeh Gas fire.

I just rang the Gas company who said it aint no problem of theres and to ring a Gas fire fitter to come out and take the fire apart. 80 quid one said , Im just going to ring the fire brigade see what thay say. I aint heard it for about 20 mins, before that i could hear it flapping about and sqweaking.
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