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    Question Catch a Bird that is Loose in Your House

    I was wondering if there is a correct way to catch my bird when he gets loose in my apartment. I think i've gotten lucky the first two times and was wondering if any body here had any tips on the subject.

    Should i chase after him or wait a certain period of time. I live alone and have no other pets in the house. The last two times i have closed off the area where he gets loose (in the living/dinning room) and close all the window blinds. I crept up on him with a towel but has bitten me really really hard (with the towel and all) and have let him go a few times.
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    Re: Catch a Bird that is Loose in Your House

    I don't know if there's a correct way to do it but I try to tap 'em lightly so they can't fly too high and have to land on the floor. I try to do it around a corner. I don't catch them midair because I'm afraid I'll squeeze them too hard.

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    Re: Catch a Bird that is Loose in Your House

    this is what i found so far on http://www.ehow.com/how_2000896_catch-bird-house.html

    Introduction:
    Whether wild or domestic, a loose bird can cause panic and dismay. But with a gentle hand, a simple dish cloth or sweater and lightning reflexes, you can catch that bird before it flies off into the sunset, or through your picture window.

    Catching a Wild Bird
    Step One:
    Stop shrieking, jump down from that chair and close off all avenues farther into the house; fully open any windows or doors to the outside.

    Step Two:
    Draw the draperies across any unopened windows and turn off as many lights as possible.

    Step Three:
    Procure a light dish towel or light sweater, preferably one you are not wearing.

    Step Four:
    Locate the bird in the house. This can be done quietly, by tiptoeing around listening for faint flutters and the rapid-fire heartbeats of a swallow, or loudly, by clapping hands, flipping the dish towel and otherwise attempting to frighten the bird into flight or vocalization.

    Step Five:
    Toss the towel over the bird if the bird resists the lure of the open window.

    Step Six:
    Try again.

    Step Seven:
    Try again.

    Step Eight:
    Gently feel for the bird once the bird is under the towel. Using both hands, cradle the bird in the towel loosely, but firmly enough that the bird cannot wriggle free and restart the entire process.

    Step Nine:
    Put the underside opening of the towel up to the open window and release the bird.

    Tips & Warnings:

    * Opening all windows to the outside can save the ordeal of capturing the bird without injury--ideally it will fly the coop of its own free will.

    * Remove predatory pets from the equation as soon as possible, cats or dogs can be relocated to another room or closet temporarily. Ignore their pleas.

    * When darkening the room prior to capturing a bird, beware of making it too dark--don't step on the object of your search!

    * Do not be alarmed if the bird initially flops out of the opened towel and onto the ground; wild birds are easily shocked by capture and appear unconscious, but will awake and fly off shortly. If the shock doesn't wear off after an hour, be alarmed.

    Catching a Pet Bird

    Follow the steps above with two changes:
    Step 1) Close all windows to prevent escape,

    Step 9) Place captured bird into the cage and shut the door.

    Overall Tips & Warnings

    * For real help with a stunned wild bird, contact the National Audubon Society for advice.

    * Loose birds in a home may hit a window and become stunned. Do not assume that a stunned bird is dead. Once awake, a bird may panic and fly straight for the nearest exit, another window.

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    Re: Catch a Bird that is Loose in Your House

    If you are talking about your pet bird I suggest that you don't catch it. Chasing your pet bird around the room will scare the bird and break down any trust it might have in you.

    I have two lovebirds that are still not very tame and in the beginning it was a real problem getting them back in their cage at night. Now I have managed to make their cage feel like home to them and they always go back in their cage voluntarily at night. I made them a small hut for sleeping in that they absolutely love and feel safe in and I ONLY feed them in their cage. They used to HATE being in their cage, but now they don't seem to mind it, and always go in there to sleep I let my lovies out every day when I come home from work. If I have to go out and want them back in the cage before their 'bedtime' millet will usually do the trick. I wait by the cage until they go in to eat the millet and then I quietly close the cage door behind them. They don't seem to mind this any longer because millet is such a great reward for them

    I hope all of this made some sense to you. I had to use this approach because my lovies are both fully flighted. I don't know if a wing clipped lovie could be approached differently, but wing clipping is not really an option for me

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    Re: Catch a Bird that is Loose in Your House

    We have pete well trained on the UP command , and he is very good at getting up and then if we move quick we get him back into his cage.
    We didn't let him out often until we were sure he would get UP on a stick or something first.
    I agree that chasing them can become traumatic, or sometimes a great game!

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    Re: Catch a Bird that is Loose in Your House

    Clipping wings at least until your bird is well-trained to "step up" might help keep you from having to catch him.
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    Re: Catch a Bird that is Loose in Your House

    So it is ok to clip his wings now, even though he is a little scared of me? I used to clip my old birds wings with no problem but he was an old pro. I know i'll have a hard time with Panchito,

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    Re: Catch a Bird that is Loose in Your House

    Quote Originally Posted by Enrique11206 View Post
    So it is ok to clip his wings now, even though he is a little scared of me? I used to clip my old birds wings with no problem but he was an old pro. I know i'll have a hard time with Panchito,
    Have you taken Panchito to an avian vet yet? If not, perhaps you should schedule an appt. S/he can trim Panchito's flight feathers so you aren't the bad guy It's always a good idea to take a new bird to see an avian vet. No sense waiting for an emergancy, right?

    As far as catching a loose bird... I still keep Beetle's feathers trimmed. I'd like to have him fully flighted but since I am in the midst of overhauling my apartment, I think that it is in his best interest to have his flight limited. Is it possible for you to work with Panchito in a secured room? Meaning that you take him to a bedroom or bathroom with the windows and doors closed, the mirrors covered (just tack up a towel temporarily) and in the case of a bathroom, sinks drained and toilet lid down. This is just to get Panchito used to being handled by you. While it is WONDERFUL to allow your bird access to your entire house/apartment, he is new to your world. It's a lot to get used to. A few rooms may not seem like much but to a tiny bird, it can be VERY overwhelming.

    Best of luck,

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    Beetle, Peach-faced lovebird (agapornis). 8/6/05 - 8/28/07. Always in my heart.

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