While fly-aways are every bird owner's worst nightmare, the harsh truth is that they do occur, and more often than we'd probably like to think. The best way to prevent your pet from flying away is to be diligent in your wing trimming practices, but in the event that your pet gets lost there are some tips that may help the ordeal end in a safe recovery.
- Act quickly. Timing is critical when you are dealing with a fly-away. You must act the moment that you discover that your bird is missing to have the best possible chances of recovery.
- Try to visually locate your bird. Scan any trees and other obvious perches on your property and surrounding properties. If you can see your bird, and get him to see you, he may actually fly back to you. In some cases a bird may be in shock or be too afraid to move very much. In those instances, be sure to keep a close eye on the bird as you try to work out a plan for his retrieval. Maintaining visual contact is imperative for the best chances of getting your bird back.
- Place your bird's cage near the site of the fly-away. If your bird flies out through your front door, for example, try placing the cage on your porch or doorstep. Many times a bird will return to his cage if he can see it, as the cage will represent comfort and security as compared to the disorienting wild outdoors.
- Make a peace offering. Try putting samples of your bird's favorite tasty treats in or around his cage. This can help lure pet birds back down to civilization where they belong.
- Try calling your bird. If you are unable to lure your pet back home with his cage or treats, you may try "calling" your bird by simply remaining in the area that he is in and repeating familiar words, sounds, and phrases. In some instances, it may entice your pet to fly down to you.
- Enlist help. As the old saying goes, two heads are better than one, and three or four are even better than that! If you can, get some friends and family members to help you retrieve your bird -- they may have a few good ideas that will help you out.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, especially when it comes to fly-away birds. To help ensure that your pet doesn't get lost, make sure you keep his wings trimmed and your doors and windows secured when he is out of his cage. Check his flight feathers often to make sure that he doesn't need to be re-clipped, and you'll never need to worry about losing your bird to a fly-away.