How Long For A Bird Stuck In A Chimney To Die?

  • A bird can live in a chimney for up to a week as long as there is no fire
  • The bird will eventually die from thirst or hunger
  • If the bird lives on longer than expected, it’s likely because it’s receiving fresh air and has access to a water and food source (Source)

It was a dark and stormy night.

I was snuggled up in my bed, all warm and cozy, when I heard a strange noise coming from the chimney. I knew it was probably just a bird, but I couldn’t help but be curious about what was making the noise.

I got out of bed and went to the window to take a look. Sure enough, there was a bird stuck in the chimney! It was trying desperately to escape, but it just wasn’t strong enough. The more effort it put into trying to get free, the weaker and more exhausted it became.

I didn’t know what to do. I wanted to help the poor bird, but I didn’t want to hurt myself in the process. I called my wife, but he was at work and couldn’t come home. I called my mom, but she was busy with her own life and couldn’t help me either.

I decided to try and get the bird out myself. I covered up all of the light in the room, except for one small source, and started gently tapping on the chimney. The bird gradually started moving toward the light. Finally, it made its way out of the chimney and into the room!

I was so relieved that the bird was safe. But now I had to figure out what to do with it. My husband came home soon after and we took care of the bird until we could find an animal rescue expert or a chimney sweep who could take it away safely.

I learned my lesson: if there’s a bird stuck in your chimney, don’t try to get it out yourself! Leave it to the experts who are trained and have the right tools for the job.

What Causes a Bird to Die in the Chimney?

Ever wonder how long a bird stuck in the chimney would survive? Depending on the species of bird, it can take anywhere from 2 days to two weeks for a bird to die after being stuck in a chimney.

The reason is because of how much energy it takes for them to fly and stay warm. When they are stuck up there, they don’t have any food or water and they waste their energy trying to get out. This can lead them to die sooner than if they were just outside.

1. Starvation due to Lack of Food and Water

Starvation is the most common cause of death for stuck birds. When a bird gets stuck in a chimney quickly it can become starved because they don’t have enough food and water to keep them warm.

Their metabolism slows down, which is why they will have a little less energy in their bodies and won’t be able to fly. In addition, it can become more humid inside their body, which decreases the amount of energy they have left to live.

2. Hypothermia

If a bird gets stuck in a chimney, the temperatures can decrease greatly, so the bird may lose an awful lot of heat very fast. The outside temperature will drop, often more than 30 degrees in a short time, and the bird won’t have a chance to keep up. The only thing left is to die from hypothermia very soon after.

3. Cold and Heatstroke

If a bird gets stuck in a chimney it may get too hot or too cold, which can lead to it dying. If the temperature is too hot or cold the bird can get dehydrated or suffer from various other illnesses. Heatstroke may also occur if their bodies heat up quickly, not allowing them to cool down fast enough.

4. Injuries due to Flying Out

If a bird gets stuck in a chimney, it will try continuously to fly out. This can cause injury to the bird’s wings, feet, or beak. This may cause them to become unable to fly again. In addition, the weight of everything in their body will pull their wings and legs down, causing injury.

5. Trapping

Some birds may get stuck in a chimney by accident or because of some human error. When this happens the bird cannot fly out of it so it can become trapped for a long time trying to free itself from the chimney.

7. Exposure to Cold and Heat

This is one of the worst things that can happen to a bird when it is stuck in a chimney. Some birds will become very hot, while others will become very cold, causing their body temperature to rise or fall quickly.

Helpful Tips To Know About A Dying Bird Stuck In A Chimney

1. Bird-Lovers Can Help

If you are a loving type of person and love birds, you can help a dying bird in a chimney. The first thing that you should do is to get your finger as close as possible to them without touching them. This will make sure that they can feel your finger and hopefully try to escape from their efforts of trying to fly out of the chimney.

2. Cannot Leave The Chimney

If the bird is unable to escape from the chimney, you should never attempt to push them out of the chimney. Attempting to push them could cause them severe injuries or even death because of how much force you are exerting on their body. Instead, you should try to use sticks or straws and gently slide them in front of their beak so they can eat them.

3. Use Straws or Sticks

If the bird is unable to eat the straws or sticks on its own, you should place them in front of its beak and let them eat them. You shouldn’t shove it in their mouth, but instead, just leave it for them to walk on. For the birds to not die from eating straws and sticks, you need to make sure that they are very small and thin (like hair).

4. Do Not Attempt to Move the Bird

If the bird cannot move at all, you should not attempt to move them because you could cause a severe injury. Instead, you should try to use sticks or straws and gently slide them in front of their beak so they can eat them. In addition, do not place any pressure on their body by pushing them down or moving them up.


Birds are some of nature’s greatest animals. When they get stuck in a chimney, they do whatever they can to escape. Although this can be a very dangerous way to die, it is still possible for them to go out on their own. However, if a bird is unable to move or fly at all after being stuck in the chimney, it may be best if you help them before they eventually starve or freeze to death.

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