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What to do if you lose your parrot

Post by **SHELL** on Mon Jan 03, 2011 9:46 pm

This is a list of useful information we have compiled to help you if you lose your parrot.
As your Bird is flying away
Call to your bird loudly as he is flying- it may help him find his way back to you. Try to use noises/sounds/words that s/he knows.
As your bird is flying, do not take your eyes off of him. Note the last place you saw him, the level of his flight, how tired he looked. He may have landed in that area. (Radio or phone contact for a group of people searching can be very helpful in this situation. Grab your cell phone!)
Check for strong winds which may have pushed your bird in one direction and note this down too.
Searching around your local area
Contact a group of local people to help if possible, spread out and circle the area you last saw him.
Ask everyone you see/can think of to spread the word. Such as dog walkers, people who deliver catalogues (Avon, Kleeneze, Betterware etc) neighbours who walk to work, children who walk to school paper deliver people, post man/woman.
Talk to aviary owners in the area, the sound of there birds may appeal to yours and they may pay a visit. (if you are out in the countryside then talk/call farm owners and ask them to keep an eye out.
If you cannot see him, call to him. He may call back. Say words or sounds he knows or mimics. Most parrots are located by their screams!
Listen at dawn, when birds are most vocal - until it is light enough to still search for food
If you have another bird he likes, put that bird in a Travel cafe and bring it to the area you last saw him. Walk away from the bird in the travel cage. It might encourage the bird in the cage to scream. This may inspire the lost bird to scream. Keep talking to a minimum so you can listen for the scream.
Look carefully in a limited area (within 1 mile) in the early stages of your search. Parrots usually do not go far unless, blown by the wind, chased by a bird of prey or extremely frightened.
Keep in mind your parrot may see you before you see him. When this happens, parrots are sometimes very quiet. This may be because the parrot is more comfortable now that you are present.
Despite some parrots bright colours, they can be very difficult to see in trees. Look for movement buried in the trees as opposed to your whole bird perched prominently on the tree.
If you have located the bird, but he is out of reach
Once you locate your bird, try torelax. It is better to let the bird sit where he is (if he is inaccessible) while you work out a strategy. Do not frantically try to grab the bird or scare him down. If the bird has just landed. He will probably not fly again for awhile.
Try to calmly call your bird down from where he is, try offering bribes of your birds favourite treats.
Bring things to him that are familiar, like toys, his cage, his bird friends, favourite person. Avoid having a crowd of people around the bird’s favourite person. A scared bird may not want to fly into a crowd of strangers. Give the bird’s favourite person lots of room.
Do not put unfamiliar objects up to your bird to have him step onto it. More than likely this will only scare him to fly farther away. If you have a familiar item like a perch out of his cage, you may have a chance that the bird will step onto it. Keep in mind things like ladders, people climbing trees, cherry pickers etc, may also scare your bird. Go extremely slowly if you resort to using these items. Stop any action immediately if your bird looks like he wants to fly away.
Try moving from your bird’s sight on occasion (but keep him in yours). This will create a level of anxiety in your bird which may cause him to try to come to you once you reappear. Usually birds will scream and or start moving around a lot when they are ready to make an effort to return to you. If you notice this activity, come out from hiding. If you hear your bird screaming while you are hiding, he may be ready to fly or is already in the air. Come out of hiding right away. Most parrots scream when they are flying in this type of situation.


If your bird is still out at sun set
Parrots will usually fly again shortly before the sun starts to set.
As the sun starts to set, your bird will start to fluff his feathers and get ready to roost for the night. At this point it is best to just allow him to go to sleep. Keep an eye on him until the sun has set completely. Remember his exact location.
Before the sun rises the next day, return to that location. Your bird should still be there, unless he was frightened in the night (other birds can cause this).
Usually by 8:30 or 9:00 AM your bird will be ready to fly again or make an attempt to get to you. Repeat the advice described in the section “If you have located your bird, but he is out of reach”.

If you lose sight of your bird the next steps will be POSTERS!
When making poster the information you need to include will be A PICTURE if you can as not every one will know what type of parrot they are looking for. A BRIEF DESCRIPTION of what your bird looks like when flying (colour, length of tail) Give a CURRENT PHONE NUMBER one with an answer phone will be best.
DON’T PUT ANY IDENTIFYING DETAILS LIKE WORDS/SOUND, UNUSUAL MARKINGS AND RING NUMBERS, as people could then ring any “FOUND” adverts and claim the bird for them selves.
Give to neighbours (also ask the neighbourhood watch if you have one)
Put them in community buildings on notice boards (ask permission first)
Where people queue. Bus stops, train station, chip shops ect
Ask permission to put a poster on school notice boards
ALL local vets (not just avian vets) Internet search will bring these details up.
Dog grooming parlours, sounds daft but they walk there dogs a lot and may catch sight of your bird whilst out walking.
Give one to the milk man/woman, the post man/woman and paper boy
Put one up in supermarkets, petrol stations and local shops.
And lampposts in the area your bird was last seen.
Ring your local papers/radio stations to see if they will put the word out too.
Now with the internet you can also put “free” adverts on lots of places to get the word out the ones to try are;
http://www.preloved.co.uk
www.admartfreeads.co.uk" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.admartfreeads.co.uk/">www.admartfreeads.co.uk
http://www.adtrader.co.uk
Who else to inform
· http://www.theparrotsocietyuk.org/lost-parrots.php the national register John Hayward
· http://www.rspca.org.uk RSPCA
· http://www.rspb.org.uk/ Local bird watchers may help look out.
· http://www.missingpetsbureau.com/home/services/petback_ons.aspx- You can register with the Missing Pets Bureau
· Put LOST posts on as many different parrot forums you can think of.
· The local police station, report the bird missing with them as some people take found birds to the police station.
GO BACK TO ALL PEOPLE ON THIS LIST ON A WEEKLY BASIS TO REMIND THEM YOU ARE STILL LOOKING!!!



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