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.


AN OUNCE OF PREVENTION...

As your bird's caretaker, you have made a promise to keep your bird as safe as possible. Taking precautions to prevent escape in the first place is the smartest, and easiest, way to meet this responsibility:

JUST IN CASE...


FIRST RESPONSE

In spite of all our best intentions, birds will still occasionally escape. In such a situation, time is of the essence. The steps you take right away may mean the difference between life and death for your little friend.

REPORT YOUR LOST BIRD

If you can't catch your bird, you should start advertising as soon as possible. Notify: You can often place ads in a local paper very inexpensively. It is also a good idea to distribute and post flyers with your bird's picture around your neighborhood. Don't forget to talk to the neighborhood children (with parents present). If anyone will notice a loose bird, it is the kids who play outdoors! Local TV stations and newspapers in need of human interest stories may also be willing to publicize your search. Offering a reward for the safe return of your bird never hurts.

BAITING YOUR BIRD...


IF YOU SUCCEED...