Wednesday, 21 June 2017

10 steps to removing a live bird stuck in your chimney

How to remove a live bird stuck in chimney stack?
How to remove a live bird stuck in chimney stack?
Removing a bird stuck in a chimney, stack, flue or liner can be an unpleasant situation, for you as well as for the feathered animal. Birds sometimes not able to fly out of the chimney do get stuck. Freeing the bird may take some time; being calm and patient throughout the experience will help persuade the winged animal where you need it to be so you can get it out of the house, back outside, free to fly like a bird once again.

Tools you may need to remove the live bird from a chimney:

  • Large box - That fits inside fireplace
  • Stiff cardboard sheet - Larger than the box opening
  • Torch - To encourage the bird
  • Mirror - To look up the chimney
  • Sheets - To keep your carpet/ furniture clean
  • Towel - To catch the bird
  • Broom - To guide the bird
How to remove a live bird from your chimney?
  1. Glimpse inside the chimney to try and find the bird, use your torch & mirror if needed.
  2. Open damper if you have one.
  3. Close all doors in the room to the rest of the house, this is to contain the bird should it escape into the room.
  4. Sheet up around the fireplace to protect the carpet.
  5. Turn your torch on and place your torch / spotlight in the box.
  6. Place the large box, open side up, inside the chimney opening. Prop the box up with another box if required, so there is a small gap between the box and the highest point of the fire place. 
  7. Turn off TV & radio, and keep talking to a minimum to Bring silence to the room, Keep quite until the feathered creature enters the box. 
  8. Slide the cardboard sheet delicately over the container opening, catching the Bird inside. 
  9. Tenderly remove the container from the chimney, taking the box and bird outside. 
  10. Remove the cardboard top from the box to set the winged creature free.

How to remove a live bird if it is in the fireplace or room?
  1. Close all doors that allow access to the house.
  2. Open all windows / doors to the outside world.
  3. Turn off lights and make the room darker then outside, 
  4. If required turn on outside light.
  5. Use one of the options below to remove the bird from your property.
    • Gently guide the winged animal toward the open window or door with the broom.
    • Slowly throw a towel over the winged animal to trap it then take the towel tenderly outside to free.
Has a bird nested in your chimney?
On the off chance that feathered creatures have built a nest in the chimney, do not disturb the nest at this time, as some species are protected by law. At the end of the bird season in late August / early September is the time to book in your chimney sweep to remove the un-active nest.

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This article was written by Jim Chim-in-ey

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Thursday, 15 June 2017

Five reasons to book Jim as your chimney sweep

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

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Friday, 7 April 2017

How to stop birds nesting in your chimney

Dorset Chimney Bird Nest Guide: Article Seven

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Birds nesting in chimney

Installing a cowl with a bird guard is the most effective way to stop birds gaining access to your flue.
It's worth bearing in mind that some designs such a No.2 below make sweeping more difficult and on some occasions the bird guard may need removing to ensure a clear sweep.
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Bird protecting chimney pot cowls
In short, select a bird guards that is attached with a jubilee style clip like No.1 above so your chimney sweep can sweep all the way to the top and the guard will stay in her position.


For a guide on selecting an appropriate bird nest guard, click the article link below . . .


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This article was written by Jim Chim-in-ey

An insurance approved chimney sweep 

JC sweeps all open fires, wood burners and stoves.
Covering Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford Forum and Dorset.

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

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Give the wedding gift of luck:

This is the entertaining wedding present like no other . . .
Continue the 250 year old royal tradition and create wonderful memories that will truly be remembered.
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Whats included in the gift:
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Total duration: 5-15 minutes
Prices: start from as little as £55.00

Friday, 24 March 2017

Chimney cowls and bird guards from a chimney sweeps point of view

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cowls and bird guards from a chimney sweeps point of view
When choosing your cowl it is always worth keeping in mind how your chimney sweep will clean your chimney once the cowl or bird guard has been installed.

Below is a list of cowls that I have come across as my time as a chimney sweep.

Cowls that require removing or being maintained from the roof.

H-Cowls
Spinning Cowls
Powered Cowls

Bird guards that require periodically removing to ensure a clear sweep.

Cone Top Birdguards
Many guards that pushes into the pot may need removing annually or bi-annually depending on your soot quality and quantity. This is to ensure a clear sweep can be performed.

Bird guards that can be swept in situate.

High Top Birdguard
In general, if it has a jubilee clip attaching it to the pot, your burning correctly and you have a good updraught then it usually can be safely swept from the ground.

Cowls for disused chimneys.

The clay hood cowl
This cowl is a vent to stop dampness occurring in you disused chimney stack. Unfortunately  I see this one a lot on live fires, which results in a 'do not use' notice that explains that the clay hood cowl needs removing before she can be signed off.

C-Cap Cowl
A cap disused chimneys

Cowls for gas.

GC1 - Gas Cowl
This is the most common terminal for gas appliances

Overview.

It's always worth thinking, “how can my sweep, sweep this?” when purchasing a cowl or bird guard, as by selecting a cowl that's difficult to sweep will in turn cost you more money in the annual maintenance of your chimney.

Always seek advice from a professional to ensure your cowl is suitable for your instillation.


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An insurance approved chimney sweep 

JC sweeps all open fires, wood burners and stoves.
Covering Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford Forum and Dorset.

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Wednesday, 8 March 2017

The chimney sweeps bird nest removal calendar

Dorset Chimney Bird Nest Guide: Article Six

Below you will find the Chimney Sweep's bird nesting calendar.

If you have an active birds nest in your chimney then it is recommended that you wait until August to remove your birds nest. This is to avoid impact to nesting birds and infringement of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

If the nest removal must be undertaken during the nesting season, then a breeding bird survey needs to be carried out by a suitably qualified person, prior to the work commencing.

Any active nests identified should be protected until the young have fledged.

Breaching the Countryside Act 1981 can result in a fine of up to £5000.00 or up to 6 months in prison.

For more information on the Countryside Act 1981 please visit my previous article - The UK Law that is protecting wild birds.


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Chimney Sweep's Bird Nesting Calendar
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This article was written by Jim Chim-in-ey

An insurance approved chimney sweep 

JC sweeps all open fires, wood burners and stoves.
Covering Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford Forum and Dorset.

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Friday, 27 January 2017

How Jim Chim-in-ey investigates a suspected birds nest in a chimney.

Dorset Chimney Bird Nest Guide: Article Five


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  • Visual inspection from inside the flue.
  • Visual inspection of stack, pot and cowl from the outside of the property.
  • CCTV inspection from the inside of flue.
  • Roof inspection from the external agency if required.
  • Refer to the chimney sweep's bird nesting calendar for what work can be carried out in line with The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981
    • If inactive, then the nest can be removed.
    • If active, then an appropriate date to commence the work will be advised.

How Jim Chim-in-ey removes a birds nest?

There is two options I use to remove a bird's nest. The traditional hook & rod method or the power sweep & cable method. Both of which allow me to tackle nests in most varieties of chimney.

Why is it so important to protect wild birds?

Dorset Chimney Bird Nest Guide: Article Four

I met up with professional Ecologist, Edward Parrott to find out why it is so important to not disturb wild bird nests in season.

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“Many birds within the UK have suffered dramatic population declines in recent decades. This has been for numerous reasons including loss of habitat, restriction in food supply, and even direct persecution by people. Finding a suitable site, collecting materials and building a nest, attracting a mate, laying eggs, incubating the eggs and feeding and defending chicks from predators takes an enormous amount of time and energy for bird. They’re at their most vulnerable when they’re on their nest and it’s really important that they are not disturbed so that they can complete their life cycle.”

Useful links
Rspb.org.uk



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An insurance approved chimney sweep 

JC sweeps all open fires, wood burners and stoves.
Covering Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford Forum and Dorset.

Want to have your chimney swept?

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Friday, 20 January 2017

The UK Law that is protecting wild birds.

Dorset Chimney Bird Nest Guide: Article Three

The Bird Law

What the law means to chimney sweeping and removing your nest.

If a nest is discovered, then we must adhere to The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.
Breaking this act can result in fines of up to £5000.00 or up to 6 months in prison.

The basic protection in writing.

All birds, their nests and eggs are protected by law and it is thus an offence, with certain exceptions.
  • intentionally kill, injure or take any wild bird
  • intentionally take, damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird whilst it is in use or being built 
  • intentionally take or destroy the egg of any wild bird
  • have in one's possession or control any wild bird, dead or alive, or any part of a wild bird, which has been taken in contravention of the Act or the Protection of Birds Act 1954 
  • have in one's possession or control any egg or part of an egg which has been taken in contravention of the Act or the Protection of Birds Act 1954 
  • use traps or similar items to kill, injure or take wild birds
  • have in one's possession or control any bird of a species occurring on Schedule 4 of the Act unless registered, and in most cases ringed, in accordance with the Secretary of State's regulations (see Schedules) 
  • intentionally or recklessly disturb any wild bird listed on Schedule 1 while it is nest building, or at a nest containing eggs or young, or disturb the dependent young of such a bird.  

Information source ‘Protection of Birds Act 1954



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This article was written by Jim Chim-in-ey

An insurance approved chimney sweep 

JC sweeps all open fires, wood burners and stoves.
Covering Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford Forum and Dorset.

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Friday, 13 January 2017

The two most common birds to nest in your Dorset chimney.

Dorset Chimney Bird Nest Guide: Article Two

What birds are likely to nest in your Dorset Chimney?


Jackdaw - Corvus monedula
A smart looking, black, medium sized bird in the same family as crows and rooks. They can be distinguished by the sheen of the feathers on the back of their head and their pale blue eyes.

Jackdaws are by far the most common bird to nest in chimneys in the UK. They like to make nests out of 2 layers with the first being made of flexible sticks. The way they build their nest is quite ingenious - they take the middle of the stick in their beaks and force it down the chimney so that the edges bend upwards. They proceed down the chimney this way until the stick either gets stuck, or slips and falls down to the fireplace. Once a stick has become lodged in the flue, they gather more sticks and force them down to the same point. The tension in the sticks forms a solid weight-bearing base for the nest, themselves and their chicks. The second layer is made up of anything they can find to fill the gaps and insulate the nest.

House Sparrow - Passer domesticus
A small, mostly brown, highly sociable bird that goes ‘cheep’ a lot.

They like to perch in bushes and trees around houses and also like to nest close to one another. House sparrows might seem common enough but are in fact on the ‘red list’ on RSPB’s birds of conservation concern as they have suffered an estimated 71% decline in numbers between 1977 and 2008. House sparrows are unlikely to nest in your chimney and are much more likely to nest in your attic, eaves, in a nest box in the garden, or even amongst ivy growing on your house.



A thank you from Jim Chim-in-ey

I would like to thank Ecologist, Edward Parrott for taking the time to share his knowledge and expertise for this fantastic insite into Dorset birds..

Useful links
Rspb.org.uk


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This article was written by Jim Chim-in-ey

An insurance approved chimney sweep 

JC sweeps all open fires, wood burners and stoves.
Covering Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford Forum and Dorset.

Want to have your chimney swept?

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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Dorset Chimney Sweep Reviews via Google

Here is a snippet of some of the fantastic chimney sweep Dorset customer reviews I get via google review. Jim chim-in-ey has a 100%  5* Rating.

Should you require a chimney sweep for your wood-burner, multi-fuel or open-fire,

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Friday, 6 January 2017

How to tell if I have a birds nest in my chimney?

Dorset Chimney Bird Nest Guide: Article One

The bird signs to look out for
The bird signs to look out for!

  1. Your updraught change and become weak.
  2. Your room may start to smoke.
  3. You can hear the sound of birds coming from your fireplace.
  4. Your are finding twigs or dry grass in your fireplace.
  5. You have seen a bird regularly visiting your chimney stack.
  6. Some birds like to use the same nesting spot each year, so if you have had a birds nest in your chimney in the past, it's likely to nest there again!



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This article was written by Jim Chim-in-ey

An insurance approved chimney sweep 

JC sweeps all open fires, wood burners and stoves.
Covering Bournemouth, Poole, Blandford Forum and Dorset.

Want to have your chimney swept?

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Thursday, 29 December 2016

Jim Chim-in-ey - Residential & Commercial Chimney Sweep

Jim Chim-in-ey is your Dorset chimney sweep specialist that sweeps commercial businesses and residential homes across the whole of the Dorset.
Jim's a professional insurance approved chimney sweep with a 5* Google feedback rating.

Here is what Jim Chim-in-ey's customer s have to say about his service.

18/11/16
Really impressed with Jim. Reliable, efficient and helpful, leaving the area clean. I have no problem recommending him.
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17/11/16
"We were entirely satisfied : a very clean and tidy job leaving our woodburner good & ready for the winter season.
Regards,
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17/10/16
JC arrived on time, set about protecting the area around the wood burner, them cleaned the chimney. No mess and no smell of soot when finished. I will use him again and am happy to recommend Jimchimney.
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