How to Prevent Escape and What to Do if It Happens
Open doors or windows can be a safety hazard for your bird. Keeping doors closed and windows screened will help ensure your bird stays put. Also, keeping his wings clipped will help you keep him from taking an extended vacation.
Most parakeets will be banded if you buy them from a breeder or pet store. These leg bands have numbers on them to help identify your bird if he does get loose. If someone finds your bird and doesn’t want to give him up, you can prove ownership with the leg band.
If your parakeet doesn’t have a leg band, make a note of any identifying marks to help with identification. Does he have any special colors? Is he missing a toe? Anything that makes your bird unique can help. Obviously, you should do this before your bird is lost. Keep this information in a place where you can easily find it if you need it. A photograph is a great aid to identifying your bird.
Even birds with clipped wings can fly away quickly. They are scared and in an unknown environment. If your bird finds a way out of his home and disappears, call the pet shelters, humane societies, and animal control centers in your area and in surrounding towns. Run lost bird ads in several newspapers. Put up flyers in pet stores and vet offices.
If you see your bird or someone else’s, try to get him to come to a cage with familiar food placed in it. Place a cage on the ground with millet, sunflower seeds, or other favorite foods in it then back away. When the bird comes to investigate the food, use a string attached to the cage to shut the door. If your bird has a mate, place the mate in a secure cage near the escaped bird and see if she can attract him back home.
If you are lucky enough to get your parakeet back home where he belongs, remember to keep him apart from your other birds for the recommended amount of time in case he picked up any germs from other birds that he may have come in contact with during his escapade.