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Well now I ve got a dilemma

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BlueBelle Tue 30-Jun-20 22:37:22

My Victorian house has a fireplace in my bedroom one of those rather lovely old bedroom black lead fireplaces with a trapdoor
Well I m lying in bed hearing a lot of scuffling behind the trapdoor and realise a bird has fallen down the chimney so I pulled the curtains right back and opened the window then opened the trapdoor and there is a largish bird I can’t see its head just it’s legs and a bit of the body but the darned thing is sitting there not coming out I think it may be a rather large young seagull and I m a bit loathe to stick my arm in to get it out but I also can’t sleep with it sitting there
Watch this space

Lucca Tue 30-Jun-20 22:41:23

Please let us know what happens !

BlueBelle Tue 30-Jun-20 22:46:09

Well I ve got him down he’s a large but young seagull that obviously can’t fly
Excuse my shoes in the photo didn’t have time to rearrange the set
Now what do I do with him

oldgoat Tue 30-Jun-20 22:46:21

I'd be inclined to replace the trapdoor and release the bird tomorrow morning.

Gingster Tue 30-Jun-20 22:49:41

Can you put a towel over him and pick him up and pop him Outside?

oldgoat Tue 30-Jun-20 22:50:31

Crossed posts! Have you got a cardboard box where it could stay until tomorrow? Alternatively, just open the window and bung it out. It managed to get up on your roof so it must be able to fly - unless it's nest is up there.

Callistemon Tue 30-Jun-20 22:55:36

It's probably fallen out of a nest up there.
Yes, can you wrap it in a towel, put it in a box with holes overnight and put it outside in the morning so that its parents can find it and feed it.
I wouldn't put it out tonight, it will be a sitting duck for a cat. (Sorry for pun)

It won't be able to get back up the chimney. We had a problem with birds falling down the chimney and had to have a cowl put on the top.

OceanMama Tue 30-Jun-20 22:56:32

If it's a baby, too young to fend for itself, I'd call a bird rescue. They'll be able to advise the right course of action. They might need to come and get it to care for it till it is older. (I have no idea about birds, so not sure when they become fully independent, but this one looks young).

BlueBelle Tue 30-Jun-20 22:57:30

No I can’t put him outside he can’t fly so the cats will get him
No oldgoat he’s fell out of a nest the twigs Have come with him He’s too yo7ng to fly
I ll just have to share a room for the night and have a think what to do tomorrow I ll go and find a box poor little chap
I don’t know who was the most shock him or me

SueDonim Tue 30-Jun-20 23:00:41

Aw, he’s so cute! Although I can understand not wanting to share a room with him. 👀

I’d second a box with a towel and some water and sort it out in the morning.

Callistemon Tue 30-Jun-20 23:01:02

Can you put him somewhere high up tomorrow so that the parents can continue to feed him?
Or her!

Hetty58 Tue 30-Jun-20 23:01:12

He's so cute. Don't forget to scramble an egg for his breakfast!

Callistemon Tue 30-Jun-20 23:04:55

East Sussex Wildlife Rescue:

Chicks older than three days do not need to go back to the nest.

BlueBelle Tue 30-Jun-20 23:06:00

Well here he is in an old box that I use to save my recycling in we ll share a room tonight as he can’t get out I don’t think!
tomorrow I ll try and put him on my shed roof in the box and see if his parents are around if not it’s some tuna fish and water and some advice

annep1 Tue 30-Jun-20 23:11:45

So cute. Poor little thing.

MissAdventure Tue 30-Jun-20 23:14:04

Stephen Seagull. smile

Callistemon Tue 30-Jun-20 23:14:57

Unless it's windy I'd put him on the roof without the box and his parents should find him.

Esspee Tue 30-Jun-20 23:23:58

Make sure he has water.

MissAdventure Tue 30-Jun-20 23:35:57

I think he'll get out in the night smile

BlueBelle Tue 30-Jun-20 23:38:36

He has water and has curled up to sleep
The sides are too high missadventure ( I think ) well if I find him in bed with me in the morning it will be the first Stephen I ve shared my bed with 😂😂😂

MissAdventure Tue 30-Jun-20 23:40:16

Ah... give us an update.
It's lovely to have a bit of nature in your house.

Callistemon Tue 30-Jun-20 23:41:01

Well, I was hoping to call him Sebastian.

BlueBelle Wed 01-Jul-20 05:05:33

Well I m awake and I can hear Stephen Sebastian moving around I m not going to look yet I m surprised he’s not squeaking for his mum not had a peep though
once I get up I ll see if he ll be able to take anything to eat and then try him on the flat roof I think I ve heard him having the water his little beak tapping on the flat pot I put in
I think he’s very young
If no parents come forth I ll ring for help

seacliff Wed 01-Jul-20 05:36:46

Oh good luck. The parents hopefully will hear him and come and feed him.

BlueBelle Wed 01-Jul-20 07:06:43

Well I m so happy I ve fed Stephen with a tin of sardines smashed up and given him some water put him on the flat roof by my house and he’s started calling
Within seconds a big old seagull swooped down squawking and they are now together she’s gone off and left him squeaking but been back twice so she’s knows where he is
He’s flapping his wings and trying but can’t take off
I m just hopeful he’s got a second chance bless his heart