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  1. Teenferrarifan

    Teenferrarifan F1 Rookie

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    The last night a bird fell down my chimney(sp). We have glass fireplace doors that were shut, and I was watching tv at the time. So, I got up and tied the doors shut with the shoelace from my sneaker. What would you do to get it out? I couldn't even tell you what kind of bird it is except it is about the size of a fist. It is two dark and too much glare to take a pic I already tried. Has this ever happend to anyone else? We got a new chimney cap, but with all this bad weather we never ended up having it put on. Go figure. I still need to get rid of this thing.
    Erik
     
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  3. Schatten

    Schatten F1 World Champ
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    catch it with a net, or a trashbag. that's my only advice that I can provide. or else, we improvise here in Austin, TX with tennis rackets and baseball bats to knock out and dispose of bats that get into homes.
     
  4. Meister

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    A. Put on some gloves, grab it gently (possible net needed) and release it outside.
    B. If it's a young bird the fell from the nest then there is little hope it will surive unless you could put it back and even then its questionable.

    I get birds all the time in my garages, just grab them and put em outside
     
  5. F-passione

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    If it's where you can get it you should put some gloves on and gently grab it around the body. Make sure it can't flap its wings. Then take it out side and let it loose. Hopefully it isn't stuck above the flue. If it is you'll have to try and reach for it. Good luck!
     
  6. Teenferrarifan

    Teenferrarifan F1 Rookie

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    Stuck below flue. The only problem is how do you open the doors they open outward one right one left while still getting the bag into position? Thanks for the suggestions
    Erik
     
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  8. TimN88

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    First off, its a damn bird. Its not going to hurt you if it gets out. Just chase it out of an open window if its not dead by now.
     
  9. DrStranglove

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    Build a fire.

    Big one.

    DrS
     
  10. 96impalaSS

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    Keep it shut and let it die. If you dont wanna wait that long open the doors real quick, throw some paper and wood in there squirt some lighter fluid throw a match and shut the doors back up.
     
  11. PeterS

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    Better yet:

    1) Build fire
    2) Smoke for 45 minutes
    3) Eat
     
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  13. Auraraptor

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    We once found a fallen from nest bird. Saddly we could not find where its nest was.

    We took the poor thing inside, and put it in our old cananry cage. My mother nursed it back to health by feeding it. She wrapped his broken leg for a while. When it was 'spunky again' she removed the wrap. When it was happily jumping aroung again, she released it outside.

    I suggest, you get gloves, try to save the little guy.
     
  14. Teenferrarifan

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    Guys upon further investigation we have found out that this thing is not a bird but a duck. A ring necked mallerd(sp) male to be exact. My neighbor is a bird expert and I called him earlier and he was just able to get over here. He doesn't know what to do though.
    Erik
     
  15. Auraraptor

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    If it is a duck...then you definately want to have gloves and a long sleeve on. Those F%ckers bite. :)
     
  16. 96impalaSS

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    If it's a duck get your hands in there with gloves on and a Ka-Bar in one hand and get that head off, then come back a little while later after he get's done thrashing , pluck em, gut em, and the such and cook him up.
     
  17. Teenferrarifan

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    haha nothing can ever be easy!
    Erik
     
  18. thecarreaper

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    if you move SLOWLY and make no sudden moves he will most likely be in shock anyway so glab him ( gently) and let him go. gloves are a great idea, if he bites you through the gloves it will be no more than a pinch so dont freak out and squish him. we have all sorts of critters here. i have had squirrels, wood ducks, a goose,( a bunch of owls) a swan( died), several rare woodpeckers and more flying squirrels than i can count. shame on you if you let it die in there for no reason. just my .02. i have delt with possums and racoons ........ THEY scare me a bit due to sharp teeth and rabies risk. its just a little duck!!!
     
  19. tvrfreak

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    carreaper, great advice. A sheet or blanket can also be useful.

    I would suggest that once you have gotten him out of there, have a vet check him out. Broken wing bones are a common injury, but they are easily fixed by a qualified veterinarian. You just might get a cute pet out of this..quack quack!

    Keep us posted, and some pics would be great.
     
  20. wax

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    If you find an injured wild bird, please contact your nearest wildlife rehabilitation center!

    Wildlife Rehabilitation Center -
    Bethlehem, PA
    610-967-7178

    Pool Wildlife Sanctuary / Wildlife Rehabilitation Center -
    Emmaus, PA
    610-965-4397

    Carbon County Environmental Education Center -
    Summit Hill, PA
    570-645-8597

    Pennsylvania Raptor & Wildlife Association -
    Mt. Bethel, PA
    717-894-8850

    AARK Wildlife Rehabilitation Center -
    Newton, PA
    215-968-4963
     
  21. Teenferrarifan

    Teenferrarifan F1 Rookie

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    Thanks for your help everyone. The problem is solved, and the bird flew away just fine. I called the wildlife rehab center (thanks Wax), and explained my problem and then asked them who I should call. They then gave me the number of animal control and they sent a guy over to get it out and inspect it. The guy just grabbed the bird with gloves on then checked if anything was broken or if the bird appeared to be sick or anything. Then he walked out to my porch and let go and the bird took right off like nothing ever happend. Thanks Everyone. Wax I really do owe you!
    Erik
     
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    LOL, Wax...


    Eric, don't kill the Aflac duck...!!! :)

    Good luck with it, let us know how it turns out...
     
  23. Teenferrarifan

    Teenferrarifan F1 Rookie

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    Carbon read the post before your's LOL. It happens to the best of us.
    Erik
     
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    :)


    i'm glad everything worked out okay... Maybe next week you'll find the Geico lizard in your bathroom... :D
     
  25. SefacHotRodder

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    we have a woodpecker up our chimney. comes back every year. we just hear a drilling sound every so often when its banging against the metal. It leaves after a few days
     
  26. wax

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    Coincidentally enough, my ex-wife lives in an adjoining state...
     

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