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Will My Bird Fly Away?


Calm Your Fears About Your Bird Flying Away

Parrots, cockatiels, and other large Avian pets have a natural curiosity that manifests in the intense desire to explore. Your bird will want to soar and explore the first time it finds itself able to. And when they do that, most of them end up lost or never coming back.

Reasons why your birds might fly away

Birds could also be motivated or forced to abandon their humans when they're outside, or on a walk. Parrots and other non-predatory birds scare easily, and their first instinct is to flee, and then regroup. Anything from a strange sound, to vibrations, could set them off.

Why do birds have such a hard time getting back to you?

Even if you have flighted birds that are free-roam around your apartment without getting lost, the real world is so much larger. When birds are spooked or excited, they fly far, and won't stop until they tire out or calm down. Without any natural talent for navigation, it would be almost impossible for them to find their human after traveling so far.

Most of them have never seen their home or the world from so high up before. Everything looks the same from a bird's eye view and locating one tiny human or vaguely familiar house without some outstanding feature will be difficult.

Pet birds have been cared for and sheltered for their entire lives, and they’ll have a hard time surviving out in the wild. They have no idea where to look for food, roost, rest, or avoid. All this new information can be very disorienting, and it might mean survival and adaptation might take precedence over returning to their owners.

How to prevent your birds from flying away?

A few simple solutions come to mind if you're determined to keep your bird from flying away from you.

Trim their wings

You must have often heard that a bird's wingspan and flight feathers are the true secrets to its flight, and it's true. If you don't want your bird flying far, trim his or her wings regularly, so that they can travel less.

Observe the double door boundary

It's a relatively simple two-step process that ensures that your birds don't fly out on you the first chance they get. The double door boundary practice has you internalize learning to close your external doors before your internal ones.

Get a bird leash

There are bird leashes you can order and use to keep your bird tethered to you when you're outside in the open. You should attach these leashes to your waist, or wrist so that you can recall your bird or calm them down when they get spooked.

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Prepare them for outdoors

You want to make sure your pet knows how to return to you when it gets lost. You could run small drills to teach your bird how to descend from higher points, identify brightly colored targets, and return to its cage even when it's outside. It is recommended that you use treats to bribe your bird during this training period.

How to retrieve your bird after they’ve flown away

If your bird has flown away, use any of these helpful tips to retrieve them.

Wear colorful clothing and try to track it

The colorful clothing will help you stand out, especially if you are surrounded by uniformly colored buildings or landscapes. It will make it easier for your avian to find you.

Have the birdcage handy

Fetch your bird's cage and fill it up with familiar toys and treats close to the area it flew away from. If your bird manages to return, it will recognize its home and perch there.

Play recordings of your bird’s voice

If your bird won't respond to food or its cage, try luring it back with the sound of its voice, words, and other familiar audio cues. They might just pique its curiosity and convince it to come back.

Ask the community for help

If you lose sight of your bird and more than a day has passed, recruit the help of your community. Ask them to keep an eye out, and circulate pictures of your bird, and hopefully, you will find it in time.

However, you should note that the more time passes, the wider you have to search. Your bird will naturally explore and search for shelter if it decides it can't find its way back. Ask for help on social media during your search. Also, visit pet rescue sites, forums, and don't give up too quickly.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2021 Dakota Newman

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