what to do when your bird flies away

This happened when I was at work. My mom set them outside in their cage, on a warm day, they werent under direct sunlight. She forgot to latch the door all the way. We saw her sitting on a tree around our house, my dad tried to call her but she flew away and weve never seen her since. I know theyre likely as good as dead now, but is there anyway my parakeets can survive in the wild?

Bringing the Cage Near the Bird

Whenever possible, bring the cage to the bird. If a bird goes missing, locate its cage close to where it flew away. Place the cage on your porch or doorstep, for example, if your bird flies out of your front door. Hang the cage outside whenever you can to make it appear as though it would be indoors.

To entice your bird back home, fill the cage to the brim with an abundance of its favorite foods and delectable treats. A towel or net should always be ready for someone to jump into the cage. Use large, clearly visible food pieces, and keep the cage door open. You could even set up the door to lock as soon as the bird flies in by using a quick-release trap door latch.

Immediate Response

Timing is critical when you are dealing with a fly-away. As soon as you notice your bird missing, you need to act quickly to give it the best chance of recovering. Make use of everyone in the room, including anyone who can be called in quickly. Assign duties to ensure that all urgent actions are completed at once.

Identify as soon as possible which trees, poles, and other conspicuous perches are in the immediate vicinity of your property and the properties that surround it. Ask your volunteers to look at every tree from all sides because branches will conceal even colorful birds.

Assign someone to gather all of the fishing nets, bird nets, and thin bath towels that need to be distributed. The bird might try to fly back toward you if you can find it and get it to notice you; if you can, cover it with the towel.

Casting a Wider Net with Community Help

Even the greatest immediate efforts can fail sometimes, so it’s time to implement Plan B if you can’t see your bird for the majority of the day.

Post signs and use social media to notify the neighborhood about your bird’s name, description, and photos. Ask witnesses to report sightings as soon as possible, mentioning the precise location, and to maintain vigilance over the bird until assistance arrives.

Kids in the neighborhood might enjoy looking for birds, especially if there’s a prize involved. Notify the lost and found department, veterinarians, bird clubs, and 911 rescue bird sites in your area about your bird.


What are the odds of finding a lost bird?

Most of the above lost birds were birds that people thought would never fly away and they took them outside only to have something spook them and off they went. The chance of you seeing your bird again is about 10% if it flies off.