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The importance of Chimney Cowls

Posted by on 31 January, 2020 at 10:50
BIRDS and CHIMNEYS. Why a chimney cowl could save more than the lives of birds. Many species of bird like chimneys. In the winter time or on colder days, the birds enjoy the warmth they supply as households stoke up a log fire or turn on their gas fire. Gathering on the rooftop or perching on the chimney brim. Birds also like the perfect sized, ready made support structure...perfect to build a nest all other birds would be jealous of. The chimney area is teaming with warmth loving beetles and bugs...a great place for a bird buffet! But.... The chimney is a potential death trap... and not just for birds... A chimney without a cowl can be deadly. Birds fall down them, with causes being high winds, squabbles and fighting, unstable nests, illness or injury and courting. Some adults will even attempt to fly down chimneys in order to still try and feed fallen young, who then themselves become trapped. Thousands die a slow painful death, often from dehydration/starvation or scorching :( A lucky few get saved :) However, what about you, the homeowner? the tenant? You're not necessarily safe either. If you have an undamaged cowl installed...Relax, you're reasonably safe :) (please always remember to have your chimney swept periodically). If you don't have a cowl installed? You're in danger. The next time you light a fire, consider the amount of ignitable debris that could be in your chimney...straw, hay, feathers, dried moss, twigs, and gases from accumulating bird poop :O A great concoction for something greater than just a nice warm glow in your lounge!! Smell? The accumulation of bird droppings, carcasses, rotting left overs from the carrion crow's last 200 meals?! :/ Yuk! and if that isn't enough to make you think about having cowls installed... A nesting bird or an old nest atop your chimney will block the opening. Should you use your fireplace for any reason this will prevent poisonous Carbon Monoxide gas from escaping into the atmosphere and instead sending it on a disasterous course, back into your living quarters. Slowly poisoning you without you even knowing. Stay safe, Cover up! (Please make use of a chimney sweep to ensure your chimney is clear prior to lighting, especially if after a period of no use)' Thank you . Kay, IOW Wild Bird Rehab Wally AWOL

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