Duck fell in chimney

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jjaazzy, Nov 1, 2016.

  1. jjaazzy

    jjaazzy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2013
    Davie, Fl
    Anyone have any experience on how to get a Muscovy duck out of a chimney? We are new to fire places, we live in south Florida but this house came with one and this morning we heard a racket. We have a duck that found his way into the chimney and she even thrashed around so much she opened the damper. We can see her sometimes but there is no way to grab her she just backs up into a really large area. Plus with the damper plate open it doesn't look like there is enough space for the duck to come that way. The chimney is so tall that my Husband who is 6-3 can't see down into the hole. We can put another ladder but then what? Lasso, basket? What? Suggestions please....
  2. ChickenGoesRuff

    ChickenGoesRuff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 8, 2015
    Would a large fishing net with a long handle fit? It's what I've used to get chickens out of trees, weird locations, and off roofs (when they were stuck). I guess maybe I'd say keep it dark, but I mean with a chimney that's pretty vague and a useless suggestion. How big is the fireplace (l,w,d), and also how big is the chimney(l,w,d). If It's a shorter chimney, I would try to scare it out, but that also depends on the size.
    Here's how to get a normal bird out of a chimney
    Look inside the fireplace to locate the bird. If the bird is in the chimney rather than the fireplace, open the fireplace damper.

    Place a large box, open side up, inside the fireplace opening. Prop the box up on the fireplace grate or another box, if necessary, so there is only about an inch between the box opening and the top of the fireplace.

    Pull the box back out slightly and turn on the flashlight, setting the light inside the box. Push the box back into place in the fireplace.

    Silence external noises in the room, such as music or a TV, as well as conversational voices. Wait in the silence until the bird enters the box.

    Slide the cardboard sheet gently over the box opening, trapping the bird inside. Gently remove the box from the fireplace, taking the box and bird outdoors. Remove the cardboard top from the box to set the bird free.

    If the bird is already in the fireplace, close all doors leading to the room. If halls and entryways do not have doors, cover the openings with sheets held in place with thumbtacks. Open one window and screen or an exterior door, in case the bird gets into the room.

    Open the fireplace screen or door slightly. Slowly toss a towel over the the bird to trap it. Grab the ends of the towel to trap the bird inside the towel. Carry the towel gently outdoors, releasing the bird.

    Dim the lights in the room if the bird escapes the fireplace. Guide the bird toward the open window or door with the broom. If it's dark outside, turn on an exterior light so the bird can find the exit.

    Obviously, with the damper not going in your favor, that might be TL;DR and useless. Good luck, I guess? If all goes well, you'll have one heck of a story.
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    You might try getting a chimney sweep to have a look. I had a bird come down into ours once, and we never could get her out. Good luck.
  4. jjaazzy

    jjaazzy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 2, 2013
    Davie, Fl
    Update......we called around not many chimney folks in south Florida, the one that returned our call said he only removes them once there dead. Knowing my husband ability and his love of animals I left him to it. He finally figured out th:rolleyes:ere were bolts and they required some penetrating liquid to break them free but he was finally able to get the thing apart and out came the duck...Yes she was a LUCKY duck. ::)
  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Flock Master

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Thanks for the update! Glad you were able to free the duck[​IMG]

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