To get a bird out of a building with a high ceiling:
- Start by closing all but one exit.
- Keep any windows covered so the bird will not fly into them.
- Use a flashlight to lure the bird to the exit and close the door once the bird leave
What You'll Learn
A bird would usually be considered an unwelcomed guest in a building, particularly one with a high ceiling with lots of space for the bird to stick around. This is a rather common occurrence, especially during warmer months, where windows and doors may be frequently left open.
It might be difficult to know where to start in getting them down and out of your space. Fortunately, there are quite a few ways to quickly adjust the room and guide the bird away from the ceiling and back to the outdoors where they belong.
Steps to Get a Bird Out of a Building With a High Ceiling
First – Stay Calm
The first step is to relax and remain calm. The bird will probably not damage anything or hurt you, especially if they are not stressed. Panicking can cause the bird to become more confused and stressed, increasing the chances of them getting hurt.
It can also trigger them to fly around erratically into other rooms or higher into the ceiling, which is the opposite of your intention.
Consider it a challenge to see how relaxed you can remain regardless of the bird’s activity level. The best-case scenario is that the bird exits safely and calmly on its own.
Create A Safe Environment
It is recommended that you first wash your hands, even though handling the bird is not part of the plan. In your efforts to remove them, it’s possible that some oils from your skin could get on the bird, which isn’t good for them and may cause them to have problems flying.
Other precautions include turning off ceiling fans and putting out fires in a fireplace. Taking care of these things will help reduce the likelihood of the bird getting hurt, which could complicate things even more.
Removing any food or drink lying around will also take away incentive for the bird to linger. Don’t give the bird any reason to stay. If you have pets, this would be a good time to remove them from the room.
Create One Exit
The next step is to make sure you create only one exit. It may sound odd to reduce the number of exits, especially when trying to get the bird to fly out, but multiple exits could confuse the bird.
If you close all windows and doors in a room except the biggest window, the bird is less likely to become confused. The more the area is contained, the better. Closing the blinds and curtains and turning off the lights will emphasize the single exit even more.
Birds are more likely to leave if there is only one way out. Holding up a large towel or sheet in front of doorways and areas you can’t close will help block them off. You may need extra hands for this step!
How to Lure the Bird
Hopefully the bird will fly off on its own after closing all exits but one. However, if the bird is still around after several minutes, they may need a bit more guidance.
Use a Flashlight
If you use a single light source such as a flashlight and direct it near the exit, the bird will likely follow the light since they are attracted to light.
The Broom Method
When your patience is wearing thin and nothing seems to work, you could try using a broom or large sweeping object to push the bird out (without touching it).
Wait it Out
The last option is to simply wait it out. A bird can only last around 5-20 hours without water. They will eventually get weak and look elsewhere for sustenance.
Why do Birds Enter Buildings?
After getting the bird to leave, you’ll probably wonder why birds enter buildings with high ceilings in the first place?
Birds typically enter a space because something caught their attention, or they are searching for food. Once they enter the building, they will realize there isn’t food and will try to leave. Most birds will fly upward when trying to leave. If they are in a building with a high ceiling, this will obviously cause them to become stuck.
There is a slight chance the bird may have entered because they are sick or injured and looking for refuge.
In that case, they need to be taken to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. If they come down from the ceiling (or if they fall), carefully placing them in a box is a safe method of transportation for them and for you as the handler.
How to Prevent Birds from Entering Indoors
Several preventative measures can be taken to deter another bird from getting trapped in a high ceiling.
Of course, keeping windows and doors closed will eliminate an entryway for the bird. If you prefer having them open, installing screens is a suitable alternative.
Another solution that is often overlooked is securing a chimney cover. Shiny, reflective objects pointed away from the building often act as a great deflector. Mirrors, tinfoil, or even old CDs are easily accessible household items that can be used.
It can also help to have opaque glass windows since they look less appealing as a throughway for birds.
You can use repellant sprays specifically designed to keep birds away. Birds also have several predators, which can help keep them out. A pet cat or even an artificial owl perched on a building could be plenty to dissuade them from nearing your property. Whether a real or imagined predator, they could make your building seem too dangerous to come near.
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I am Bryan Powell and I own BirdHour.com. I love bird watching; in fact, I have a parakeet of my own. I enjoy spending time outdoors and observing the natural world around me. This website is a means of sharing my passion for birds with others who may be interested in this activity.