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There are many situations in which a pigeon, or a nest of pigeons can find their way into a wall cavity, but once they are there, it is often possible that they won't actually be able to get back out again. In order to be able to fly pigeons will need to have at least some space in order to launch, which at times can mean that the confines of a wall cavity can leave them stuck. Trying to get pigeons out of a wall can be an expensive and a messy job, but it is certainly better to remove them rather than letting them die in the wall cavity.
Why Do Pigeons Get Trapped In A Wall?
One of the first reasons that pigeons can get stuck in a wall is if they have found their way to be nesting in an attic, and if they nest on top of that wall cavity, then movement can lead to the nest itself falling into the wall cavity. The other situation is if they are exploring a new building, and fall into the top of such a cavity, and then it will just be the bird itself that becomes stuck.
Finding Their Location
A pigeon that is stuck will often make a significant amount of noise within the wall, and if you are trying to use your ears to pinpoint the location from the interior drywall, you should be able to get a good idea from the noise. However, once you start to get close, you will often be able to feel the vibrations if the pigeon is hitting its wings against the wall.
Getting The Pigeon Out
Once you've pinpointed a fairly close idea of where the pigeon will be, make sure you have a box or cage in which to catch the bird, and put on gloves and clothes to prevent cuts from pecking or the pigeon's claws. It is best to do this with a partner, as you will need to cut a hole in the drywall to get the pigeon out, and when you remove the drywall, they should be on hand to catch the pigeon if it tries to fly out.
Repairing The Wall
Having captured and released the pigeons, make sure that you repair the drywall properly, and cutting a square to match the space in the drywall, and then using furring tape and plaster to hide the damage is usually the best option. This can then be repainted. It is also worth investigating in the attic to see if there are any holes allowing the pigeons to get in, and then repairing these too.
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