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#3Rules
2500+ posts
04/04/07 01:54 PM
Bird flew in my vent!!!

I was out in the yard and just happened to see a bird fly in a vent on the side of my house. It has a cover on it, but the little [censored] must be opening it with it's beak. I have been hearing some noises coming from the bathroom that is downstairs, kinda under where this vent is located. I just thought the pipes were making some funny noises, cause it sounds like the noises are coming from inside the toilet. I'm a relatively new homeowner, and I have no idea what this vent is for or where it goes. I know that it's not the dryer vent, because it's on the bottom. I can replace the cover so that it cant get in, but I don't want to trap it in there, that could make my house smell. Here are some pics of said vent, any idea where this could lead, and what I could do to remedy this situation?









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LordHornAustin
500+ posts
04/04/07 04:06 PM
Re: Bird flew in my vent!!! [re: #3Rules]

That's what she said.




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accuratehornSponsor
2500+ posts
04/04/07 05:03 PM
Re: Bird flew in my vent!!! [re: #3Rules]

Probably an opportunistic house sparrow, and it is probably building a nest in there. They commonly nest in between the slats of attic vents. There are vents from the plumbing pipes and from the ventilation fan in the bathroom. I guess you could put some screen wire over the opening so the bird could not return.
There probably won't be any problem with the nest plugging up the pipe, other than sewage backing up into your den one day while you are at work.




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HornsInTheHouse
2500+ posts
04/04/07 05:11 PM
Re: Bird flew in my vent!!! [re: #3Rules]

Could it be the exhaust vent for a stove fan? The kind that suck in fumes?




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next2naus
2500+ posts
04/04/07 05:21 PM
Re: Bird flew in my vent!!! [re: #3Rules]

Great place for that bird feeder

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NCAAFBALLROX
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04/04/07 07:02 PM
Re: Bird flew in my vent!!! [re: #3Rules]

I will guess that somewhere within 10' or so of this wall you have a downstairs bathroom, maybe a half bath?

If so, this is the 'fart fan' exhaust port. Test it by running the fan & having someone sit outside to see if the flap pops a little bit (or a bird comes flying out).

If nothing on this test & you have a dryer somewhat close to this area, run it for a moment to see if the flap pops (or bird ejects).

No good? Then try the kitchen exhaust vent for over the stove (again, one sitting, other waiting).

& Then use a coathanger to pull the debris out that said bird has made a nest with. If they laid eggs, have a small (really small) scrambled egg breakfast.

Secure over with mesh or a screen of some sort; thin (but long enough to do the job) screws aren't a bad idea, but you want to prevent the flap from sticking out enough for another bird (or the same one) to open the flap. Sometimes, a solidly hot glued pair of magnets will do the trick.






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#3Rules
2500+ posts
04/04/07 07:57 PM
Re: Bird flew in my vent!!! [re: #3Rules]

Rox - I think you're right, it's the vent for the half bath fart fan, my friend thought the same thing when I told him about it. I'm gonna do the test when my wife gets home. Thanks for the help from all of y'all.

And yes, that birdfeeder is in a stupid place. The previous home owner built it as a combo garden hose holder/bird feeder.





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#3Rules
2500+ posts
04/04/07 08:15 PM
Re: Bird flew in my vent!!! [re: #3Rules]

Ya, that's what it is, but the bird didn't fly out. So I guess it's not in there right now, or the fan isn't bothering it. I'm gonna have to borrow or buy a ladder, because I don't have one that tall. I sure as [censored] hope it doesn't fly out on me when I'm messing around up there on the ladder.





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easetexan
25+ posts
04/04/07 10:51 PM
Re: Bird flew in my vent!!! [re: #3Rules]

In reply to:

...it's the vent for the half bath fart fan, .... I'm gonna do the test when my wife gets home




Does anyone see this as funny as hell?

Visual of this is comical.... Her on the toilet running the fan or vice versa

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NCAAFBALLROX
1000+ posts
04/05/07 02:02 AM
Re: Bird flew in my vent!!! [re: #3Rules]

Do you want REAL fun? Where do you live... I'll come over & we'll use the following tools:

1. Screwdriver.
2. Video Camera.
3. Electric leaf blower or shop vac with exhaust connection.

I think you know where this is going...






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jcazes
250+ posts
04/05/07 03:14 AM
Re: Bird flew in my vent!!! [re: #3Rules]

you tired of these mother fckin birds in yo mother fckin vents?




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Mr Bean
250+ posts
04/05/07 03:37 AM
Re: Bird flew in my vent!!! [re: #3Rules]

In reply to:

Great place for that bird feeder




well played




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ScoProSponsor
5000+ posts
04/05/07 07:19 AM
Re: Bird flew in my vent!!! [re: #3Rules]

Several years ago I found a mummified sparrow in the flexible exhaust pipe between my dryer & the laundry room wall.
Have also seen sparrows flying in a neighbor's exhaust vent just like yours. In fact, if you live on Martha's Drive the Meadows of Brushy Creek, it is yours. Are you the guy whose back fence is falling down, and is just being held up by a tree?




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Luke Duke
1000+ posts
04/05/07 10:31 AM
Re: Bird flew in my vent!!! [re: #3Rules]

Get one of these.




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brntorng
250+ posts
04/05/07 01:33 PM
Re: Bird flew in my vent!!! [re: #3Rules]

Luke Duke, I was about to recommend the same thing. I had this problem and solved it with the very same item. I got mine at Home Depot or Lowes. Just make sure the sparrow and nest get removed before installation.

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ghost
1000+ posts
04/05/07 03:06 PM
Re: Bird flew in my vent!!! [re: brntorng]

This type of thing happens a lot in apartments. In two separate apartments I have lived in, a bird has flown in the dryer exhuast vent and gotten killed. One time, I my roommate and I were gone for the whole weekend and left the AC way up so it wouldn't come on while we were gone.

I got back and let me tell you, that smell was something else. I think we had been noticing some noises and maybe a hint of smell everyonce in a while, but we figured later that it must have only come only when we ran the dryer. So, we kept frying that bird every time we dried our clothes. Freaking terrible.




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miguelito
2500+ posts
04/05/07 03:13 PM
Re: Bird flew in my vent!!! [re: #3Rules]

In reply to:

Does anyone see this as funny as hell?



That sounded funny to me, too.

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jcazes
500+ posts
05/07/08 01:13 AM
Re: Bird flew in my vent!!! [re: #3Rules]

Some f'in birds decided to have a bunch of kids in my damn fart vent. Some of the babies died. One of them was near death (I ended up euthanizing him b/c he was so malnourished...). Eggs everywhere. I nearly passed out from the smell.

Leaf blower from inside house stopped shooting debris outside the house, so I installed some chicken wire outside. Low and behold I get a CD/mirror to examine the ducts from the inside and there's still some nest material! And it still smells like STRAIGHT ASS. Took three hours to do this [censored], and will probably take another three hours tomorrow.

F'N BIRDS.

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NCAAFBALLROX
5000+ posts
05/07/08 06:07 AM
Re: Bird flew in my vent!!! [re: #3Rules]

Harbor Freight Tools sells a duct cleaning brush kit for less than $ 7.00... wire goes in from the house side, pulls from the exterior.

Should get you cleaned right up.






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accuratehornSponsor
5000+ posts
05/07/08 09:36 AM
Re: Bird flew in my vent!!! [re: #3Rules]

You could consider installing some screen wire over the vent opening. Form it to fit the opening, bend about 1/2 inch at a right angle, then glue it in place to cover the entrance.
You might make sure the birds are out of there first, though.
Hey, #3 rules, do you live in Pflugerville, near the Pflugerville Park?
We were out birdwatching a few weeks ago and saw a bird go into a vent, and the design of the house looked just like your photo. My wife said, "Should we knock on the door and tell the homeowner?" I said, "Nah, they'll figure it out soon enough."




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