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 How to get rid of a bird that somehow got into the basement?
targetworks  [Member]
1/13/2011 3:35:57 PM EST
I own a second house that is currently vacant.

Vacant, that is, except for a bird that somehow got into the basement within the last couple days.

Most likely it flew down an old, unused chimney. Now it's trapped.

I would imagine that in another day or two it may be so weak that either I'll be able to trap it in a bag and then release it, or else it will have died.

Before it reaches that point, is there any technique for capturing it that will not cause it to fly headfirst into the wall or one of the (unopenable) windows? Due to the recent huge snowstorm, I have nowhere to park other than directly on the narrow public street. I can't park there during nighttime, rather I can only go there during daylight.

It's larger than a sparrow, but smaller than a robin.



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coolstuff  [Member]
1/13/2011 3:55:48 PM EST
Watch "The Great Outdoors" and take notes. Substitute net for tennis racket.
SharpCharge  [Team Member]
1/13/2011 3:56:03 PM EST
This:

targetworks  [Member]
1/13/2011 4:08:13 PM EST
I do not have a net.

I do not have a cat.

I do not have any chloroform.

Next suggestion?





FredMan  [Team Member]
1/13/2011 4:53:26 PM EST
.410??

targetworks  [Member]
1/13/2011 5:01:45 PM EST
Originally Posted By FredMan:
.410??




You are overestimating my "skills"...




TomJefferson  [Site Staff]
1/13/2011 5:04:09 PM EST
Don't worry about it bouncing into the walls or windows, simply shoo it out. Use a broom to help you direct it.

It may take a little time, but its not that hard.

Tj
ptmccain  [Team Member]
1/13/2011 5:24:32 PM EST
00 Buckshot. Multiple rounds.

That will get 'er done.
wildearp  [Team Member]
1/13/2011 5:57:21 PM EST
1/4 lb C-4
DDoleiden  [Member]
1/14/2011 7:19:57 AM EST
I've dealt with birds in the house several times. Sorry to say it but the only way to be sure is to burn the house down.




IMRICH  [Team Member]
1/14/2011 9:41:28 AM EST
Have you seen the new kel-tec bullpup shotgun? That would be the best option I think.
grywlf52  [Team Member]
1/14/2011 9:49:21 AM EST
Birdshot of course......



7mm-08  [Member]
1/14/2011 9:50:43 AM EST
Step 1; make the basement dark
Step 2; open a door or window during the day

The bird will fly from the dark to the light as long as the light is not fire from your 'kill it with fire' approach.

7mm
targetworks  [Member]
1/14/2011 10:07:41 AM EST
Originally Posted By 7mm-08:
Step 1; make the basement dark
Step 2; open a door or window during the day

The bird will fly from the dark to the light as long as the light is not fire from your 'kill it with fire' approach.

7mm




Winner so far, although there are practical difficulties involved...


Quarterbore  [Life Member]
1/14/2011 11:41:11 AM EST
I love to see the excellent advise that is sure to follow a request for help like this one! ARFCOM always comes through when it is time to help a fellow member! With that said... this should help you get the bird!



Fincho  [Member]
1/14/2011 11:42:56 AM EST
38 snake shot?
Falcon09  [Team Member]
1/14/2011 11:43:42 AM EST
BB Gun
DeagleDeagle  [Member]
1/14/2011 11:46:55 AM EST
you done tried nothn and your fresh outa ideas ? , gosh
OFFSHORE  [Member]
1/14/2011 11:46:59 AM EST
If you can't hit a confined bird with a BB gun then you are on the wrong website.
WhyTanFox  [Team Member]
1/14/2011 11:49:55 AM EST
This is one of the few times "bird shot" has been the correct answer.

Though I do like the "make dark and open one lit window" idea.
Fincho  [Member]
1/14/2011 12:19:21 PM EST
for the love of god use ear and eye protection if you are going to fire a 12 gauge inside:)
ar-ak  [Member]
1/14/2011 12:38:10 PM EST
Whatever you do, find out where he got in from and close it off. If a bird can get in a squirrel can get in.
7mm-08  [Member]
1/14/2011 12:38:36 PM EST
Originally Posted By Fincho:
for the love of god use ear and eye protection if you are going to fire a 12 gauge inside:)


Is this a voice of reason or experience?



7mm
targetworks  [Member]
1/14/2011 12:50:12 PM EST
Originally Posted By Quarterbore:
I love to see the excellent advise that is sure to follow a request for help like this one! ARFCOM always comes through when it is time to help a fellow member!




Luckily I asked the question here instead of in GD, huh...



mattimeo  [Member]
1/14/2011 1:22:16 PM EST
Jesus.

I used to live in an apartment with a hundred year old fireplace that could not be used because of its lack of flue and damper. Its lack of screening around the top allowed chimney Swifts to nest in it periodically. Every now and again one would make it down into the apartment at night, and I would wake up to it flapping away, smacking into walls.

Since this was an apartment, such intelligent suggestions as a .410 or 12 guage shotgun, or even a BB gun were out of the question. So was burning the place down.

My solution was to drape a hand towel or t-shirt over my hand, corner the bird, flip the towel or shirt over it while it went nuts flapping, then gently grab it and put it out the door.

Not nearly as exciting as arson or blowing holes in the wall, but highly effective.
targetworks  [Member]
1/15/2011 8:55:27 AM EST
Update:

I went back to the house today.

There was no sign of the bird.

I am at a loss to explain this happenstance.

Either

a) the bird found a way to get out on its own

b) someone or something let it out

c) it is hiding, or dead, or all shagged out after a long squawk - It has ceased to be. It has expired.

d) It somehow got transformed into a deer mouse, one of which was found to be lying dead on the basement floor (I have photos of the mouse, in case proof is required).

or, e) something else happened.


So, I never had a chance to put the wisdom of the hive mind to the test.


Jedberg  [Team Member]
1/15/2011 2:02:48 PM EST
Ive used federal .22lr birdshot to take care of swallows in a boat house. It works pretty well but it wont cycle my .22
amos1909  [Team Member]
1/16/2011 2:55:28 PM EST

Originally Posted By targetworks:
Update:

I went back to the house today.

There was no sign of the bird.

I am at a loss to explain this happenstance.

Either

a) the bird found a way to get out on its own

b) someone or something let it out

c) it is hiding, or dead, or all shagged out after a long squawk - It has ceased to be. It has expired.

d) It somehow got transformed into a deer mouse, one of which was found to be lying dead on the basement floor (I have photos of the mouse, in case proof is required).

or, e) something else happened.


So, I never had a chance to put the wisdom of the hive mind to the test.



Maybe (the,a, some) cat got him
targetworks  [Member]
1/16/2011 3:27:19 PM EST
But, to where would that cat have disappeared?

And, why didn't it eat the mouse?

(now it is an old house, about 100 years old, and so maybe there's a ghost involved... perhaps a ghost cat... yeah, that's the ticket)




J75player  [Team Member]
1/16/2011 4:06:15 PM EST
well, if he shows back up(or another one gets in)
works best at night, otherwise you have to block all windows so the room its in is DARK. will need a good flashlight(brighter the better) and a small net. fishing net works great, or can just use a towl if you dont have a net.
shine the flashlight on the bird. walk strate at it with as little movement (side to side/up down) of the light as possible. the bird wont be able to see anything outside of the light, and it wont be able to tell that it is getting closer.
walk right up to it, grab it and put it outside.
done it tons of times with birds and bats.
targetworks  [Member]
1/16/2011 4:27:12 PM EST
I'll have to remember that approach for the future, thanks...

(Note to self: Get a net.)





Windustsearch  [Team Member]
1/17/2011 5:08:15 AM EST
Another way to catch it would be to throw a sheet over it. A few years ago we had a crow that somehow fell down our chimney and flew from the living room into the bathroom. I just grabbed that bastard and put him out the front door.
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