What to do if you lose a pet bird or find one in your area.
Lost your bird? maybe you've found a pet bird in your area and wonder what you should do?
All the advice in this publication is advice from external organisations, we bear no responsibility for it use.
The Parrot Club http://www.cafabirdclub.org/lost.htm
STAY CALM, confident and positive that you will recover the bird. People tend to give up too easily and way too soon.
FINDING THE LOST BIRD. This is often the hardest part, but once accomplished is half the battle to successfully recovering the bird. Time is of the essence in this phase. As long as you know where the bird is, you can get it down with time - in most cases with enough time it will come down on its own, so long as you can keep track of it long enough. If you already know where the bird is located, skip to
3. RECOVERING THE BIRD.
Listen, listen and listen some more - if the bird is up in a tree or out of sight, chances are that you won''t be able to see it. But, if the bird vocalises, you will be able to find its location by listening. It will almost always make noises that can be heard, giving direction to look in. Taking another bird out to the area may also help, especially if the other bird is a noisy friend of the lost bird or a mate or cage partner.
If you can't hear or locate the bird:
Make and distribute flyers in the neighbourhood. Include a picture!
Notify the Humane Society or Animal Control 3. Enlist the help of neighbourhood kids. Children love to help look for lost parrots. They also tell on people that are hiding them.
Call area pet stores and vets. Ask them to keep their ears open for strange telephone calls like people asking "what does a parrot eat?", "what kind of bird looks like this?" etc.
Place classified ads in newspapers.
Put up posters in local convenience stores and post office.
Don't limit your notification activity to the immediate vicinity where the parrot was lost. Frightened birds often fly a long way.
RECOVERING THE BIRD: Chances are that the bird wants to get to you but is too frightened or doesn't know how. Often, the key is getting the bird motivated to get to you on its own. This can take a while. A long while. Continue calling calmly and soothingly to the bird.
Morning and late afternoon/evening are the most likely times that the bird will come to you. It will rest in the afternoons and go to roost at night. If it is nighttime, do not waste your time trying to get the bird to come down. This time is better spent either resting up for the next day or working on flyers and other contacts.
Have someone watch the bird at all times during the day if you need to go for help.
If the bird is in a tree that you can climb, make sure the person climbing is someone the bird is comfortable with. Bring a favourite treat with you.
If you can reach the bird, calmly secure it and stuff it under your shirt so it can't get frightened and fly away again.
Some folks have even taken scissors up with them and trimmed the bird's wings then and there. This may be a little tricky……
Put a familiar cage and food out where it can be seen by the bird.
If you have a second bird that the lost bird will recognize the calls from, put the second bird outside where the bird can hear it.
If the bird has been out for a while pack a picnic and eat right under the tree where the bird is. Make sure it's something decadent and tempting such as French fries. Make a big deal about how delicious it is.
Jealousy (a Significant Other giving the bird's #1 person attention, or another rival bird or pet getting attention from said #1) can work to lure the bird down.
With time and patience, the bird will calm down and relax and become much more easily recovered. Signs of such change of state include preening, playing with leaves/branches, aborted attempts to fly down, etc.
It may take days for the bird to become motivated enough to come down to you.
Don't give up!!
DO NOT use a ladder or cherry picker/bucket truck or long sticks. Keep anyone and anything strange away from you that he might be afraid of. These will only frighten the bird away.
DO NOT take the popular advice to attempt to spray the bird with a hose. This too will frighten the bird, and a wet bird can still fly.
Advice from the UK Pet register
Have a read of this helpful guide on the best steps to take to find your lost pet. We have tried to keep this missing pet guide as simple and short as possible and we hope you will find this useful.
Losing your pet can be heartbreaking and can cause a huge amount of stress, but stay calm and try not to not place blame on anyone and focus on getting your pet back home in the shortest time possible. You need to create a plan of action and ensure all areas are covered.
Only one thing to remember for this - Search EVERYWHERE! That means the immediate area the pet was lost, don't waste any time at all in starting the search. Check sheds, garages, everywhere you can.
Knock on doors and enlist the help of neighbours and friends, they will only be too happy to help in the search for your pet. Ask them to check their own gardens and garages etc.
Contacts for Other Missing Pets
Other missing pets such as snakes, birds and exotics still contact the local councils and any local vets and rescue centres and visit them in person with photos. Search online for specialist websites dealing with the type of pet you have lost and also log the details on our website as we cater for every pet.
Pet Flyers and Pet Posters
Create / Print plenty of flyers and posters and take them with you for putting through letterboxes and handing out to people. Ensure you have a relevant up-to date photograph on the pet poster that closely resembles your missing pet. Try to print the pet posters in colour and place in all high traffic areas such as post offices, paper shops and convenience stores.
Search Lost and Found Pet Registers and Websites
Visit the popular lost and found pet websites and register your pet as missing on these. (Dont forget to remove the listings when your pet is found, as members may not be aware the pet has returned home and will still be looking).
Check the found pet listings on each of the websites to see if your pet has already been listed as being found. Don’t just check the immediate area, expand your search to wider areas.
One thing to remember is that breeds of cats as well as dogs can be misdiagnosed with many breeds now being cross bred, so make sure you include all breeds in your search not just specific breeds of cats/dogs etc.
Make Use of Social Media
Social Media websites can be huge boost for a missing pet. Add your listing to your own accounts and then ask your friends and their friends to share the posts and spread the word.
If you have added the missing pet to our website at www.nationalpetregister.org you can share the listing and photograph directly from the pet listing page. This feature will give you the ability to share/post your missing pet to your own Facebook, Twitter and Google+ pages.
All you have to do is click the social icon below the listing and a window will popup allowing you to share the missing pet listing.
Advice to recapture a budgie from Omlet
If you haven’t been able to locate the escapee, leave an open, visibly food-filled cage outside your house or next to your aviary. Put his favourite toys on or near the cage to lure him. If there are no cage-mates to draw him back, play the recording of budgie voices and turn up the volume (and if you don’t have such a recording, a quick search on YouTube will deliver many hours of free budgie chatter).
Make sure your net and towel are at hand to assist a quick capture if he returns.
If you have bonded with your budgie, don’t underestimate the power of your presence. Sit near the cage outside the house and call the bird. Make a recording of your voice, to leave playing if you can’t be there all the time yourself.
If your budgie lives with companion birds, and if it’s warm outside, put their cage near the back door to lure him back. If it’s too cold, you’ll have to skip this trick.
Alert your neighbours to the budgie’s absence, and if he’s gone for more than a couple of hours, put “Lost Budgie” posters up in the local vicinity with a mobile phone number for people to contact you.
If you know of any outside aviaries or cages in the neighbourhood, speak to their owners and ask them to keep an eye out for your escapee.
Other than that, all you can do is wait and hope.
If there’s been no sight or sound of the bird after 24 hours, don’t give up. He may have flown far afield, but might just find his way back within earshot, where the sounds of your voice and other budgies may yet lure him home.
Rescuing an Escaped Budgie
If you find yourself in possession of someone else’s escaped budgie, don’t spend too long congratulating yourself on your luck/skill. There’s a lot to do!
You are unlikely to tempt a visiting budgie down from a roof or tree (although this has been known to happen where the bird is both very tame and very tired and/or hungry). Stray birds are likelier to linger long enough to be captured if you keep budgies in an outdoor aviary. The sight, sound and food of your birds will attract the wayfaring budgie.
The only realistic capture method is a net, unless the budgie is calm and tame enough to come to your hand. Once captured, the first thing he will need is solitude in a quiet cage, equipped with perch, food and water. If the bird is panicky, don’t cover the cage – leave the budgie alone somewhere warm for a few hours to let him recover and get used to his surroundings. If he has been out and about for any length of time he’s likely to be hungry, tired and cold.
Never put a stray budgie straight in with your other birds – the quarantine is for the good of your pets, on the offchance that the newcomer is harbouring disease.
Once the bird is secure and fed, put up some “Lost budgie found” notices in the vicinity, and spread the word that you have an escaped budgie in your keeping. Given that an escapee can fly a surprisingly long way, it’s also a good idea to put an ad in the local newspaper, or phone the local radio station with the news. If there is an escaped bird, there will always be an anxious owner on the lookout, and someone is probably putting “Budgie lost” notices in all the places mentioned above – so make sure you’re on the lookout for those, too.
When the caged budgie has recovered, you will need to make some judgement calls:
Does he look injured in any way?
Are his nostrils (nares) clear? Any crusty material around the cere could indicate illness.
Is his vent clean? If the feathers in this region are dirty or wet, the budgie is ill.
Can you see any parasites on the feathers, or bald patches on the body?
Are the droppings normal looking? (Note: there is no single ‘normal’ colour for the dark part of budgie droppings - it depends on their standard diet)
Is he eating and drinking normally?
Is the budgie alert and behaving as you would expect a budgie to behave?
Even if the bird has an all-clear after being put through this checklist, it's still advisable to take him to a vet’s. Some diseases bloom inside birds with no external clues until it's too late. There’s no point putting your other budgies at risk.
Ideally, the owner will have turned up before you go to the expense of taking the bird for a check-up!