Advice for Getting Back an Escaped Budgie

It's every bird owner's nightmare. You made sure your budgie was finger-trained. You made sure your budgie was only let out when all doors and windows were closed. You were very careful about letting everyone in the house know that the budgie was out and loose. You took your ownership responsibility very serious and protected your little pet.

But then SOMETHING happened. Maybe your Aunt Edna stopped by for a visit and walked right in, and your budgie flew out the door! Maybe a fire alarm went off and there was no way to get the budgie back into its cage before you had to leave the house and get to safety. Now your budgie is out in the cold, cruel world and doesn't know what to do. How do you get your budgie to return to you?

It is REALLY important that you get your budgie to return home to you. Parakeets are not equipped to handle the outside world, except maybe in Florida where they have set up small colonies. There are many predators out in the world that eat budgies. Their bodies aren't meant to handle the hot heats and frigid night that most of the world has. There aren't foods for them to easily eat just lying around. Budgies are domesticated pets that need an owner to care for them.

Your budgie knows its cage is a place of safety, a place that provides shelter, food, drink and love. So the most important thing to do is put the budgie's cage out in the middle of the lawn, maybe up on a table so it is easy to see. Fill it with food and water and leave the door open. Then put a chair nearby and start calling to your budgie. If you can't sit there for long, make a looping tape of your voice and play it.

Birds naturally fly high when they are scared, and can easily get disoriented in a strange place. Your bird may be high up in the treetops a half mile away, frightened and with no idea of how to get "home". The bird will hear your voice and fly towards it. When the bird sees its cage, it will be happy and fly down to it, to safety.

If you try this for a week and your budgie hasn't returned, then sadly, it probably has fallen victim to the harsh laws of nature. I would get another budgie - but be sure to take VERY GOOD CARE of this one! A budgie is a living creature that can live 15 years or more. Budgies can talk, they can fall in love with humans, they can be loyal companions. All they ask for in return is that you care well for them and keep them safe. Never giving them an opportunity to escape is one of your most important tasks!

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