Hi my name is Madeline Franco and we are here
to talk about birds and in this segment we are going to talk about what to do if your
bird is lost or flies away. It is not uncommon even if you clip your bird. You may forget
that his wing feathers grow back and he may some fine day run for daylight. You need to
act quickly but be aware that pet birds don’t generally fly a long distance. However, because
they are not used to flying, they can go up they just don’t know many of them how to land
on something or how to target. If you haven’t taught your bird to target and he is flighted
you might want to look into doing that. It does help you retrieve your bird a lot easier.
However, as soon as a bird is lost, you need to spend a little bit of time collecting your
thoughts and putting out fliers. If you belong to a bird club alert everyone in your bird
club. If they have a website, alert the website. You can call the veterinarians, the pet stores.
Many people will cooperate with you if you do lose your bird. We have a lost and found
at the Southern Nevada Parrot Education Rescue and Rehoming Society we have a lost and found
area of the site. There is also 911 parrot rescue site. You want to go on the internet
and use as many of those tools as you can. This here is Sammy and he flew away rather
quickly one fine Spring day. It was actually Sunday and I was getting ready to meet a client
and Sammy was startled by something and he took off. He was out and about playing with
the pigeons on roofs. We could see him, we could hear him but he didn’t know exactly
how to fly to me. So the interesting thing is that he actually dropped out of the sky
on the third day, literally he was on a roof and a guy was on his porch and he was out
on his porch with his agoraphobic cat. The bird dropped into his lap, said his name and
he did that because he was hungry. On the first day there is this feeling of exhilaration.
On the second day there is a little bit more comfort with the freedom but by the third
day they don’t know how to forage in the outdoors, they are rather tired and rather hungry and
it is not unusual for them to come to a person for help. They are used to getting their food
from people and that is generally what they will do. I actually listed Sammy on Craig’s
List with which many people are familiar and there are a number of people who will list
on Craig’s List if they have lost or found a bird. So take advantage of as many resources
as you can, work quickly, make fliers, contact your local bird club, your veterinarians and
get school children involved. Kids are great at finding stuff. They even love finding animals.
So don’t despair, many birds are found several days after they have gotten loose and we have
been able to recover a fair number of them. Don’t lose heart, it can take several days,
maybe even several weeks but don’t stop looking and don’t give up hope.