Capping a chimney pot to keep birds out

10 Jan 2013
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United Kingdom
Hello. My house (1930's ex-LA) has two fireplaces, one "shared" chimney breast up through the house and two chimney pots. The downstairs fireplace is now filled with the boiler and fronted with a gas fireplace, like most houses around here - and one of the pots is metal and not the original, I presume from the gas fire.

The other fireplace is in the room above the first, and is somewhat smaller. It presumably leads to the older style chimney pot. It was bricked up, with a small ventilation plate, and I decided to knock it open to see what was there. "Dust" is the short answer, but also eleven dead birds.

I'd like to leave the fireplace open (with a "roof" inside it, of course) and don't want any more birds getting down - if I can get up on the roof will it be sufficient to wedge a ball of chicken wire down the chimney pot?
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