How to catch a pet parakeet / budgie on the loose outside

how to catch a pet parakeet

During the last week of July a blue parakeet, or budgie, began eating at our backyard birdfeeder. It was immediately clear this bird was a pet on the run. My wife Amy scanned the local Facebook pages and learned nobody reported a missing bird. Days later she posted photos I took of the beauty on Facebook and a few parties expressed interest in the bird. A neighbor loaned us a cage to assist in the capture.

I placed the bird cage on our brick patio with the guillotine door facing the bird feeder and stacked two bricks on top of each other to make an impromptu staircase to the door. A piece of fishing line was connected to the top of the door, routed over a few impromptu pulleys and through the screen of our kitchen window. The line was pulled taunt keeping the cage door lifted up. Inside our home the terminus end of the line was tied to a rack near the window. Cut the line and the door drops.

Day after day we watched the budgie eat the seed from the ground, repeatedly circling the cage. A week passed and I watched, in shock, as our friend pecked his way onto the bricks leading to the cage door. Is this really happening? He poked his head into the cage, noticed the food tray and hopped in! From inside my home I cut the string and “Wham!” the cage door dropped trapping the feathered fugitive inside.

Hours later Amy delivered the budgie to a new home. We wish many years of enjoyment to the family.

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