HELP! My Bird Escaped!
by Krista R. Menzel
The thought of losing a pet bird to the great outdoors is a nightmare shared by all bird owners, and rightly so. Budgies and cockatiels are naturally nomadic birds that do not have strong "homing" instincts. For this reason, very few can find their way back home after that first frantic flight out the door. The world can be a very dangerous, confusing place for a budgie or cockatiel that suddenly finds itself flying free. While they do retain many of their natural instincts, our pampered pets are not able to survive alone for long once they escape. They rarely encounter conditions similar to the arid habitat where their ancestors lived. Dogs, raptors, traffic, disease, starvation, dehydration, and inclement weather are constant threats that our birds just are not equipped to handle.