Budgie escaped outside

My budgie flew out of her cage into the neighbors yard but she's unfamiliar with the outside.

I was cleaning my cage when the youngest, Demyx, flew out through the food hole completely on her own leaving her mate, Roxas, in the cage. She's never willingly left the cage before, we always had to get her out ourselves but never outside.

She flew into the neighbors 85 ft tree and we hear her everyday. We've tried leaving the cage outside with her mate to call for her, leave food and water outside the cage, placed their favorite toy on the outside of the cage, wait outside across from where the cage was and we've also played music for her mate to sing to attract her since that's what always brings her back whenever she was tired. None of these have worked and she has been outside for the past 3-4 days in the same tree.
We can hear her but not see her. It worries me because she's never been outside of her cage unless she was indoors, she's terrified of the simplest noises, she gets blood feathers from simply flapping her wings around and she's just a baby.
Are there any other ways I can try to get her to come home???

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May 24, 2011
Second Opinion
by: Anonymous

I feel that the response received was both judgmental and unhelpful. Wing clipping is a matter that bird owners are free to consider at their own discretion and no one is in any position to reprimand or make others feel guilty about their decision, particularly in a dire instance such as this one.

I would definitely purchase a pair of binoculars and locate the exact location of your bird. Make sure however you choose to entice your probably terrified bird to come down is done in a highly visible way with a clear path to safety. I don't know how many neighbors this might involve, but you should place the cage with the other bird on an elevated surface (like a high table). Birds have an excellent sense of distance and will be able to detect a height change of even 2 feet from as high up as it sounds like your bird is. This will add a tiny bit of confidence and increase the likelihood that she'll come down on her own. Is your other bird very quiet? You could also try playing audio (from YT videos) of other same-species birds chirping to get her excited enough to want to come down and join her flock.

Now that she is very likely starving, placing food and water in a very visible place will also help. Ask your neighbor if you can place a food bowl on their roof, closest to the tree. You can throw a rope over one branch and securely attach a food bowl to it and hoist it up closer to her.

Predators are also an issue (like hawks), but if you can still hear her, there's still hope. The idea is to make her feel desperate to get back to you but confident enough to take the scary dive down from the tree.

If you do get your bird back, I'd encourage you to train both with flight recall. There are great training videos all over the internet for this. When I first got my bird, she could hardly fly, but we did this training and she now hangs out with me outdoors often (with a flight leash and also inside her flight cage). We live in a very large home and she'll fly down on command from a 30 ft. curtain rod with no issues or hesitation.

Hope all goes well and I'm so sorry to hear that this happened to you!

Mar 23, 2011
Budgie escaped outside
by: Linda

This is why we emphasize the need to have ALL bird's wings clipped by an Avian Vet. Whether it's getting hurt inside house or flying outside like this, fully flighted birds are in mortal danger all the time they are out of their cage.

You have done all you can do, and if your bird has not eaten or drank any water in 3-4 days, then unfortunately she will die and fall to the ground.

This is a harsh lesson to have to learn about keeping pet bird's wings clipped, and I imagine it will imprint on you how important it is if she fails to come back and dies out there. I don't mean to be harsh, and I DO mean for you to understand how important having wings trimmed is.

Thanks for writing, and get the other bird to an Avian Vet to have the 6 long primary flight feathers at the ends of each wing trimmed. Do not do this yourself, always have an Avian Vet do wing and nail trimming to avoid problems with bleeding. Hopefully your other bird will come back, and you can make sure her wings are clipped as well. Good Luck, and I wish the Best for your little bird.


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