What do I do if my parrot escapes?


We already saw in the entrance "Why do birds die when they hit a window?" That some popular measures such as "blowing their tail" or "making noise so that they fly away" do not help the bird that has just been hit, because Even if it flies out, it is stunned and may fall prey to a predator or die from the blow. Imagine that instead of a bird, the injured is a cyclist who hit his head hard against a wall. Who would think about lifting it, shaking it and riding it on the bike so that it goes pedaling? The logical thing would be to let him rest (not on the road where a car could hit him), but in a hospital room, safe and comfortable.

Stunned birds after the blow have a characteristic look, with their eyes narrowed. They are at risk, especially because of the presence of predators, such as cats, dogs and other large animals. We must think that the stunned bird cannot defend itself against these dangers. To protect the bird that has just hit a window: 1) If there are no cats, no dogs, or other nearby risks. Let the bird recover on its own. Watch her for about five minutes, don't try to make her fly, she must leave on her own. 2) Take a cardboard box taking care that it has not been used to store dangerous chemicals, put some newspapers in the bottom of the box and drill several holes in the box so that air can enter through them.

3) Catch the bird. To do this you can use a fabric that is not heavy and throw it on the bird. Take the bird carefully so that it does not escape, without squeezing too much so you can breathe. You have to manipulate it as little as possible, because we don't want stress to affect you even more. Do not give water or food. 4) Place the bird inside the box, if possible, in a natural position (stand on its legs, with the head up), put it inside the box and close well so that it does not escape. The box must be placed in a safe place from hazards such as cats, loud noises, cold or heat. 4) After an hour or more, listen if the bird moves, if so, take the box and take it outside (away from windows and predators) and leave it open for the bird to leave on its own.

Remember that prevention is better than cure, so if birds often bang against their windows, use some effective method to avoid crashes. In addition, cats can be a great danger to birds even when they are well, it is better to leave these animals inside the house. If you want to know more tips on the subject, these are other reference sites: Birds in trouble: causes, when and how to help them How to help a bird that has collided with a window Wildlife first aid bird hit window Window Collisions Photo of the stunned thrush: Arnoldo García.

Photo of the tanager on the rock: Giovanny Bello.

What do I do if my parrot escapes?

By Anna Backström.
anna @ lorosfantasticos 1 .org

The nightmare of any parrot owner is that our bird flies out the window and gets lost. Either an accident, that the bird got scared or that we neglected for a moment. Remember that our bird does NOT know how to find food alone, does NOT know how to defend itself from predators (dogs, cats or rats) and may not be used to flying long distances. It is unlikely to survive if we leave it alone. In addition, if it is an exotic bird, it can cause problems and imbalance in the new habitat where it is released.

What to do in these cases? The first minutes are the most important to be able to rescue our bird:

  1. If you can see her leave, call her (maybe turn and come back) and follow her with your eyes, to know the area where she is going to stop.
  2. Let your family know that someone stays in the window and does not lose sight of the bird. Go out with your cell phone in hand, your favorite food and its cage (if its usual cage is very large, it carries its harness or its transporter, eye that the transporter can scare you if you are not accustomed to it, avoid scares). If you have a feather buddy, take it out in the cage so that they call each other.
  3. Start looking for it in the area where you last saw it. Call him with what you usually say at home. You can crack him, call him by his name or say a word you always use with him, even if it sounds silly (with my parrot I use the word "rich" and it was with which I could locate him when he tested freedom a few months ago).
  4. Your bird will be very scared! It is possible that if you find her at that moment, she does not dare to fly towards you, she may be paralyzed with fear.
  5. If you locate it, talk home so they can help you where you are, they may need a ladder to reach it. That another person from home does not lose sight of the bird once found and ensure that it does not return to another side, while you or the person with whom you have the strongest emotional bond, approach the parrot. It might come to the window of another house or apartment, tap to ask to be opened and go through your bird, especially if it is very high. Move VERY slow when you're with her, she can get scared again and fly. Maybe you can call the fire department to help you in case you are in a very tall tree, you will have to be the one who climbs your bird, a stranger can scare you and can fly again, even further.
  6. If your bird is not used to being manipulated and you already placed it, you can try to throw a sheet over it and thus catch it and return it to its cage. Another option is to be very patient, put your cage near you with the door open and a small boat with your favorite food and wait for it to enter your cage alone.
  7. If he gets lost at dusk, there is no point in looking for him in the dark, you can get injured and he will be petrified. Ideally, you go out to look for it again at the moment that begins to clear the day at dawn. Prepare your partner in a small cage to go looking for him, if he has one, prepare cell phone, prizes and all the above again. You can also put a recording of parrots of the same species at a good volume, so you can listen and look for them. You will be hungry! Bring food for him.
  8. If you do not find it, and you looked for it in the whole nearby area, you will need to design and print a search poster, offer a reward if you can, increase the possibility of being returned. The sign must have:
    • The words WANTED, large
    • The clearest picture you have of your pet, large
    • Below, you can put the word $ reward $ with money signs, to get attention, if you are going to give a reward.
    • Below and with a smaller print you can put the name of your pet, if it needs medical treatment, the place, date and time it escaped and very important, an email and a contact cell phone. Do not put more personal data, to avoid fraud or harassment.
  9. Pass the sign below all the doors or mailboxes of your neighborhood. Stick it on posts. You can also share it on the internet, look for groups of animals or parrots and ask them for help to buy. Let everyone know that it is your parrot and that you missed it. In this site we can share it on the Facebook pages of Fantastic Parrots and in Perikeichos, send it for us to share.
  10. Do not get carried away by calls where they tell you they have it, but they are already in another state and they send it to you by parcel or extortion. Very attentive, do not reward yourself until you see your parrot healthy and safe. Just as there are many good people who will help you, there are people with bad intentions who will only want to take advantage of your despair.
  11. Don't lose hope, keep looking for it, touch your neighbors and show them the picture of your bird, keep looking for it, keep looking for it and keep looking for it ...

To avoid this situation, keep your bird in its cage (square, wide and painted with baked paint or stainless steel) when you are not at home or can not be on the lookout. Keep windows closed and take care when you open the door in case it is loose at home. You can also teach your bird to fly and return to you when you call it.

To train him to come to you, you can follow the training recommended by Parrot Wizard on YouTube and buy a special harness for parrots and train your parrot to use it, so he will recognize the surroundings of your house and can only return to you when you call him. Remember to follow all instructions to introduce the new harness to your bird. If it scares you at the beginning, maybe you can never wear it, better present it slowly so that you love to go out with your harness.

We do not recommend that you cut your wings, as a fall can cause the keel to break. If you have decided to do the trimming of wings, make it a veterinarian specialized in birds, to do it in such a way that your parrot can plan and not fall so hard as to hurt itself.

Procreate to profit

Just as there are breeding grounds for puppies, there are also poultry factories, in which those responsible for making them reproduce store hundreds of thousands of them so that they can produce their offspring.

As a player, a bird is one more piece in the business, which together with its partner is rare to leave their cabin, in which they are expected to reproduce. It is not essential that these birds are contained in hygienic and healthy conditions, or fed with good quality food to produce eggs, typically eggs are artificially incubated and babies are fed by workers, with special formulas. The fact that the egg is taken from the female is a signal for her to produce another, and another and another. Eventually ruining your health.

Even in companies that are not so prosperous, most birds live their entire lives in small cages, filmed with dark sounds of many other birds that are unfamiliar. A bird that cannot choose its own partner can become depressed, especially if it is separated from its previous partner. Birds in captivity are generally forced to breed with more than one partner and since most of their habitats do not have escape exits, females who refuse sexual advances can end up severely injured and even killed by frustrated males.

Enslaved and stressed

There is no such thing as a bird. All birds in captivity were either captured or raised in captivity. No bird was born to live in a cage.

In their wild state, these beautiful beings are never alone, and although they were separated for a brief moment, they desperately call their groupmates. They focus on flocks, fly and play together, and share incubation tasks. Many species of birds mate for life and share tasks in caring for their children. Many birds do not accept a second couple when they lose the first.

Birds that were raised by humans or those caught in their wild environment in general become neurotic, plucking their own feathers or self-mutilating even, sometimes, until death. When they are raised, many spices naturally pluck their feathers to prepare their nest and place to hatch, but when humans interfere with this natural behavior and break their biological and instinctive cycles imprisoning them, this feathers removal act becomes a compulsion. destructive

Stress is a daily experience for birds in captivity. Maids for men crave affection and companionship, and sometimes they don't like losing their human companions of sight. They do not understand the fact of temporary separation such as when they go to work, or worse, on vacation. Birds suffer and can even die of a broken heart.

Birds that are imported from a wild environment in general are easily scared or alarmed. A person bitten by a bird may not want to approach her again, condemning her to live locked in her cage for the rest of her days.

Birds need other birds

If you or another person you know already has a bird and cannot provide a companion and space to fly, please consider the following:
Try to find out if there is a sanctuary or a wide aviary (if it is outdoors, it is mild) to release the bird. Ideally, join them with members of the same species. The weather, its reproduction, the opportunity for privacy, and other crucial factors must also be taken into account.

Reproduction should be allowed, but they should not empty the eggs by draining their contents through small holes, nor creating hatching habitats. No solution is ideal, but these birds are not living in natural conditions, and it would be inhuman to allow more of them to be born and raised in captivity.

If you don't find a sanctuary with a good reputation, you can donate the bird to someone who already has another animal of the same species, allowing them to live in a free flight situation, and they will never separate once united.

If you want to keep your bird, get him a partner of the same species, but NEVER buy it from a pet store or from a player. People often do not want to have another bird because they are afraid that the first will not pay as much attention as before. This could be the case, but isolating the animal for this reason is extremely selfish. If the bird pays less attention to his human friend, that proves how much he craved for company of the same species. Do it! Check shelters, human societies, groups dedicated to animal rights, or daily, birds in general outlive their human companions.

You should not put a large bird in the same space as a smaller bird, as it could be terrifying for it. In addition, species from different continents may never be congenital, and diseases of which they have no immune protection can be transmitted.

Before joining a new animal with other birds, it is advisable that it be previously examined with a veterinarian specializing in birds. If the new guest is in good condition, first put him in his cage in the same sector where the others are, and observe his behavior. If they seem friendly to each other, after two days he opens the door of the cage of the new member of the group, who will leave when he feels he should. Leave the cage with the door open, so you can use it as a safe place, until you leave it completely.

Read and learn everything you can about the types of birds you have, including how they live in their wild habitat.

Let your birds fly freely for long periods of time each day, or spend the most time out of their cages. Turn your balcony or the gallery of your house into an aviary, or build one with a good internal climate in the garden of your home, if possible. Otherwise, provide your birds with a room that does not have dangerous artifacts for them, such as a fan. Try to include a bird gym or an exercise tree.

Some birds have become accustomed to seeking cage safety at night. Within the aviary, it provides a covered cage or some similar retirement sector, so that these beings can enter and leave at ease.

Poisons and other dangers

Do not cut the feathers of the wings of your birds. Instead, let them enjoy their flight.

Eliminates dangerous appliances such as ceiling fans, water jugs, toilets with the lid open, places where they can get stuck, electrical wires, glass windows, mirrors, etc.

The fumes emitted by Teflon when it is overheated and those from self-washing ovens are deadly to birds. They should never be used in a house with birds.

Peanuts may contain aflatoxin, which is also fatal for birds.

Lead in pencils are deadly if ingested.

Chocolate, avocado and parsley are poisonous to birds.

Make sure that no plants are poisonous to the bird species that live in your home.

Use organic products, and no strong cleansers, sprays, artificial flavors or insecticides.

In some departments mandatory extermination is demanded, but in general it can be legally denied for health reasons.

Food and water

Change the water twice a day.

Put your food and water containers in places high enough so they don't get dirty with your bowel movements.

Offer them a variety of fruits and vegetables, along with grains, cooked beans, and seeds. Dietetics and some pet stores sell bean mixtures that can be cooked and frozen for later use. Never let food stay for more than a few hours, as birds are very susceptible to bacterial infections. Birds have an incredibly fast metabolism and cannot be without food for very long times. In addition, they are very slow to try something new, a meal must be offered repeatedly before they try it.

Do not buy food or other objects from pet stores that sell birds, you would be contributing to the bird trade. You can get fresh foods in supermarkets and dietary.

A seed-based diet is inadequate and can lead to a deficiency of vitamins and minerals.

It would be ideal for them to feed on organic food. The food that is usually bought in the markets is not seasonal, and may have been imported from other countries, in which the use of pesticides is very poorly controlled and regulated - or these foods may have been stored for a while, suffering waxing, fumigation with multiple chemicals to keep them in good condition. Be sure to wash everything you buy.

If the food that your birds want cannot be obtained, plant it yourself. Most beans and seeds can be grown in a house, and even on the balconies you can grow vegetables and herbs.

Birds need the right combination of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to stay healthy. This requires a good supplement.

The variety of food is not suitable for all bird species. Some only feed on grains.

Other needs

Birds need a private space, such as a screen to go behind.

They need to share time with you every day.

Water or steam baths when birds crave them are much appreciated. Provides not very deep containers, or a bathtub for birds with warm water. Some birds enjoy being sprayed with water through a sprayer. One person installed a small spray in a shower, the birds sat in the tube that held the curtain, and when the shower opened, they could move to be sprayed, if they wanted.

Ideally, birds should have between 8 and 12 hours of sleep at night, preferably from sunset onwards, in a cage with some type of coverage.

Cutting your nails is necessary, but they can be avoided by providing cement hammocks. The pairing of its beak is not necessary, unless it is due to a health problem. Chew on necessary and good toys for birds. An overgrown beak is a symptom that warns of the need for a trip to a bird veterinarian.

Rotate numerous toys that are safe to chew and play, including wood, but make sure it is not poisonous. Apple branches are good if they were not previously sprayed with any chemical. Companies that sell supplements for pets sell suitable wooden toys. Once again, birds are slow to try something new, so it may take several months before showing interest in a new toy.

Many birds enjoy listening to classical music, especially Mozart, during the day.

Birds as a tourist attraction

Please refuse to stay in hotels that use caged birds as decoration. Let your travel agency and the hotel manager know that you will not support such cruelty.

Many thanks to Dr. Lorin Lidner for the information provided in this text.

If you know someone who has birds, please send him a copy of this article.

At first, with great caution

Of course, at the time of releasing them you need to take a series of precautions if you do not want the bird to escape or be injured. During your first weeks of living together It is important that you define the area of ​​the house where your pet will moveAt the beginning, it is best to be reduced to a single room, to know the movements of the bird and see how it reacts. Little by little you can increase the areas of the house where it can be loose.

Any pet should have a routine, whether to eat or sleep. With your bird you must do the same, take it out of its cage every day at the same time, so you will be more relaxed and calm.

When you go to take it out, do not forget to take a series of measures so that the bird does not escape or get injured:

  • Close windows and doors.
  • Do not release it in areas where you have chandeliers - or ‘complicated’ - where the bird can get trapped.
  • If you have shelves or bookstores you will have to watch that your friend with feathers does not climb in any recess.
  • Never let it fly on your terrace, it is one of the most dangerous places for a domestic bird, your pet could fall.

The garden or patio, the ‘other zone’

If you have a garden and would like to release your bird there it is important that you know the animal's behavior well so as not to scare us. You must maximize precautions. Take it out on a day when there is not much wind and the weather conditions are appropriate.

If you habituate your bird to be out of its cage certain hours a day we assure you that when you take the habit you will not have to worry about escaping. Although you know, every precaution is little.

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