Birds in my kitchen vent

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  1. Johnny Moondog

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    We have 7 vents in our house walls.
    - 2 upstairs bathroom vents
    - 1 main floor bathroom vent, 1 kitchen vent
    - 2 vents (one "in", one "out) for HRV/Air Exchange in basement
    - dryer vent (in basement).

    They are the basic, cheap louvered style (plastic slats).
    Sometimes the wind blows them up, and they stay up - rain gets in.

    I intended to replace them all at some point - with something shielded, heavy flap, etc.

    Now I am hearing bird noises from the kitchen vent - seems like there might be an occupant - possibly a nest.

    So vent inspection/cleaning/replacement, has gone from the lower part of the list to higher priority.

    Any advice ?
     
  2. mango

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    $5 says it's a starling .

    Never had our slatted type stick open

    Maybe a shot or two of lube on the slats would help
     
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    Yep.
     
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    Could be a bat or a squirrel
     
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    Sounded like a bird - went outside - saw some starlings on the same side of the house.
    Don't know for sure - but I am thinking they are setting up shop.
     
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    Flame thrower. If that doesn't work, nuke 'em from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.
     
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    Turn the fan on high and then burn a pound of bacon on the stove.

    I realize destroying a perfectly good pound of bacon sounds barbaric, but sometimes sacrifices have to be made.
     
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    They look like this.

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    Thin, cheap plastic slates - no strength, too light weight - they don't set back down after the wind blows them up.

    I already replaced one (basement) with a better quality louvered style (wind and rain was getting in).
    Guess I better start replacing the whole bunch.
     
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    bump - looking for more opinions on house vents :)
     
  10. Rick Lee

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    This happened to me and it wasn't pretty. A crow or some kind of blackbird had its nest in the duct work that led out from my kitchen stove hood to the side of the house. I had to use a coat hanger from the side of the house to pull as much of it out as I could. I thought I had them all and the mom was away when I did it. Wrong. A live baby bird then fell out of the stove hood and onto my stove. I tossed her into my boa's aquarium, since there was no way it was going to survive with no nest or mother and it was a free meal for the snake. He made short work of it. A few weeks later the mother died in the duct work and maggots rained down on my stove. Not kidding. That's when I took decisive, corrective action. I blew it all out with compressed air, sprayed with bleach and then covered the opening on the side of the house with the steel mesh that should have been there in the first place. No more birds.
     
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    They make a sort of cage that you put over the louvered vents to keep critters out. They work well.
     
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    At this point there might be eggs, or even hatchlings in the nest. You might need to wait until they've left the nest to move / remove it.

    Every year I try to remind myself to cover up the small area on our front porch where the birds build nests, and every year I forget until there's already a nest underway. I'm not going to cause harm to them just for my convenience.
     
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    House vent? I can give you a house vent! Some one bought the house next door, and now he wants to build a damn garage...
     
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    Could be worse. :)

     
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    I was thinking the same thing. I will purchase what I need for the job - and wait until they have moved on - then do a clean and swap the vent for a better quality/screened one.
     
  17. mango

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    I'd remove it ASAP,where there is a nest there is birdshit,bugs and other crap that has a direct path to your interior.
    Your looking at a month or more from eggs until leaving the nest,you don't want your vent open that long.
    The birds will rebuild somewhere else.
    Still pretty early in Canada for hatchlings anyhow.
     
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  18. Wayne Alexander

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    Get it cleaned out right away, and put screen or some sort of other barrier at the top. We started finding bees in our kitchen, it turned out we had a six foot long beehive inside the kitchen vent pipe, it took beekeepers and a lot of re-ducting to get that fixed. The obstruction can also burn down your house if it's the stove vent. We were lucky.
     
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    OP....You'll feel a whole lot better when they're gone .

     
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    The same thing happened to me - they got in my dryer vent, so I would turn it on to chase them out - except that one day, I did it and it cut the head off the bird that was in there. A fun cleanup job, I have to say.

    Easy solution, though - there are cages that you can fit to the wall around your outside vent and that takes care of the problem . . .
     

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