Q: I think I have birds in my chimney, can you get them out? A: The answer to that question is most likely “Yes”, but are you sure what you’re hearing is birds? Raccoons easily invade chimneys and they have their litters on the smoke shelf of fireplaces. The sounds baby raccoons make are often mistaken for birds in chimneys and removal can be difficult. The only birds that nest in chimneys are chimney swifts and they’re federally protected, so removal can’t be performed, but exclusion can be - once they depart. If you have a pre-fabricated chimney and birds fall between the cooling tubes, removal is nearly impossible. Please contact your local franchise at 1-800-CRITTER (274-8837) to have your chimney/fireplace inspected and have them install a professionally-built chimney cap, to prevent animals from entering the single largest hole in your home.