Keeping Your Chimney Protected Against A Protected Bird, The Chimney Swift
The sound of birds in your chimney is never a good thing, but it can be particularly bad if those birds are Chimney Swifts. These birds are federally protected, so if they’re responsible for the chatter and noise in your chimney, there’s nothing you can do but wait it out. Who are these birds and why do they nest in chimneys?
Chimney Swifts are silver/grey and black birds that spend the winter in Peru, but make their home in the U.S. (east of the Rockies) from March to November. These birds tend to nest and raise their young in chimneys by attaching their nests to an interior chimney wall. Because of their sharp claws, baby Chimney Swifts are able to cling to the chimney walls and climb about prior to flight. When they’re about 3 weeks old, they start testing out their wings, and by one month, they take flight. But this doesn’t mean they’re done with the chimney! The family of Chimney Swifts will fly around together looking for food, but for several days, they will continue to return to the chimney to rest.
If you have Chimney Swifts in your chimney, this can be particularly frustrating and disruptive. But what can you do to prevent this headache next year?
When & What You Can Do To Prevent Chimney Swifts From Returning Next Spring
As winter approaches, these big, beautiful birds will make their annual migration back to Peru, and it’s at this time that you’ll need to take action! If you don’t properly clean and cap your chimney, these birds will continue to come back and nest in your chimney. Have a professional chimney sweep clean and inspect your chimney, make any needed repairs, and make sure your chimney is equipped to prevent future bird and animal habitation. You’ll be glad you did!
If you think you may have had a family of Chimney Swifts living in your chimney or you’d like to have your chimney inspected to make sure no animals or birds are getting in, give SirVent a call at 844-338-9223 or fill out our online appointment request form. We’ll make sure your chimney stays feathered-fellow free!