Fittest loser
Article updated: 10/26/2012 9:34 PM

Crews remove about 445 birds from Aurora townhouse, 325 alive

Bird club takes responsibility, says living birds are in good shape

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Workers from Restoration Techs remove items Friday from the porch of a house on the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane in Aurora, where the owner admits to being a hoarder.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Workers from Restoration Techs remove items Friday from the porch of a house of a bird hoarder on the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane in Aurora.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Homeowner Dave Skeberdis brings out a caged bird to give to the Greater Chicago Chicago Cage Bird Club before the city of Aurora took over the cleanup of his house on Friday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Diana Federl, head of adoption at the Greater Chicago Cage Bird Club, carries birds from a home on the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane, as the city took over clean up on Friday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Some of roughly 250 birds taken from a home on the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane in Aurora. Birds will be taken to a shelter in Villa Park, where donations are being accepted, and will be examined by a veterinarian.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

George Hallenbeck with the Greater Chicago Cage Bird Club, takes a cage of birds as the city of Aurora takes over the clean up of a home filled with birds and mounds of garbage on the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Volunteers like Diana Federl, head of adoption at the Greater Chicago Cage Bird Club, coached workers on how to remove hundreds of birds from a home that was also filled with garbage on the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

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Birds are removed from a home on the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane in Aurora on Friday. Owner Dave Skeberdis now has until Nov. 7 to clean the mounds of garbage inside until the city can take over.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

George Hallenbeck with the Greater Chicago Cage Bird Club, carries a cage of birds that were taken from a house on the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

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Aurora officials used a court order to take over cleanup duties at a townhouse filled with about 445 birds and mounds of garbage after the owner made virtually no progress to clean up this week. 325 birds still living are in good shape. "He obviously did spend a great deal of time feeding them and giving them water," a bird club president said.
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    • Workers from Restoration Techs remove items Friday from the porch of a house on the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane in Aurora, where the owner admits to being a hoarder.
    • Workers from Restoration Techs remove items Friday from the porch of a house of a bird hoarder on the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane in Aurora.
    • Homeowner Dave Skeberdis brings out a caged bird to give to the Greater Chicago Chicago Cage Bird Club before the city of Aurora took over the cleanup of his house on Friday.
    • Diana Federl, head of adoption at the Greater Chicago Cage Bird Club, carries birds from a home on the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane, as the city took over clean up on Friday.
    • Some of roughly 250 birds taken from a home on the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane in Aurora. Birds will be taken to a shelter in Villa Park, where donations are being accepted, and will be examined by a veterinarian.
    • George Hallenbeck with the Greater Chicago Cage Bird Club, takes a cage of birds as the city of Aurora takes over the clean up of a home filled with birds and mounds of garbage on the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane.
    • Volunteers like Diana Federl, head of adoption at the Greater Chicago Cage Bird Club, coached workers on how to remove hundreds of birds from a home that was also filled with garbage on the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane.
    • Birds are removed from a home on the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane in Aurora on Friday. Owner Dave Skeberdis now has until Nov. 7 to clean the mounds of garbage inside until the city can take over.
    • George Hallenbeck with the Greater Chicago Cage Bird Club, carries a cage of birds that were taken from a house on the 200 block of Shadybrook Lane.
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