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March 12th, 2009

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Little Bird Lost!

Little Bird Lost!

As some of you may know already , I have pet birds. I had a set of lovebirds for about two years now, my sister gave them to me as mature birds that had rarely been handled and although they were relocated from west Texas to South Texas, they settled in and seemed to adjust to thier new environment just fine.
Last year they even decided they were comfortable enough with their surroundings to call it home and raise a family. Unfortunately , maybe because they were young and inexperienced, the babbies never made it to hatchlings. For some reason the papa bird- (papa pritty), aborted the eggs from the nest just before they were to hatch. Up until then he devotedly tended to mama bird- (moma pritty), taking beakfuls of seed to her in the nest ,mouth feeding her, and warming the eggs if she ever left it. But she rarely left the nest at all when there were eggs. But for some reason right at the very end of the incubabation period  papa pitty turned into a "meanie" and kicked out all the eggs.
Before long they started breeding again and this time I seperated them, putting him into a smaller cage beside the mamas'. But once again the babbies were kicked out right before their hatch time... this time it was by moma Pitty, and despite the fact that she had sat on them diligently for days , barely leaving the nest for a quick bite or drink once in a while.
She left small beak marks that punctured the fragile shells, just as the papa had done previosly, while trying to abort them from the nest. I have done alot of research on this and still have no real answer as to why, so if anyone has had similar experiences with thier birds , or has any information on this I would be very interested in hearing about it .
Papa Pritty  was always the curious one and a great escape artist. He had gotten out of his cage several times by sliding through the bars or jarring the doors open with his beak. And when we tried to pin or tie the door shut, he would chew through the clothespin or wire. He even chewed through the screening we had tried to use as  an enclosure to the cage. Nothing could really detoure hime , he just always wanted to be free. Usuauly he only escaped out into another area inside the house, then later, when he was ready to be caught, he would let us put him back in the cage...
But unfortunately two days ago he got out of his cage and out of the back door! At first he just investigated the porch, so thinking I may could catch him before he flew far,  I grabbed the towel to catch him with, but by the time  I turned back around ... he had flown up to the trumpet vine and over the roof and then over the top of the roof...  in a fash he was gone and although I have looked high and low ...there is no sighn of lil papa Pritty.
 I am just heart broken. I feel terrible , my stomache is all tied up in knots because I am terrified of what will become of him, not being used to the wild , having to find his own food , and even worse ... his ability to avoid predaters. I have searched the whole nieghborhood , calling for him and spoke to my neighbors to alert them incase they may spot him.. And I left his cage out with food and water and left moma out in her cage on the porch to call for him as well, but no luck... I cannot tell you how sorry I feel that this happened and how important it is to protect your pet birds from escaping out into the wild.
Since I do have a wildlife habitat and many birds are attracted to it , I am hoping he will be drawn back here for food and water. But there may be a chance that he has decided to join the other parot type birds , namely the wild "monk parakeets" that fly over the habitat several times a day on thier journies around town. The flock of over a hundred live in a nearby palm tree that they have built a community nest in. If he did take up with them he would sure stand out , being the only blue bird in a flock of greens so it would be pretty easy to spot him.
I have had visits to the habitat from fisher lovebirds, very simular to mine, and from a yellow parakeet, wich really seem out of place in the wild like that, but they were healthy and surving well so there is always a chance that papa Pritty can make it out there in the big wide world all alone . I think If any bird could, he could, because of his persistant personality. But I am not giving up hope on him returning to the only home he has ever known and back to his life long companian who is missing him so deeply.


In my personal oppinion I think birds should not be caged , and all things that are meant to be free should be. I only excepted the birds to give them a better environment than they were living in at the time. There are far too many unwanted pet birds already out there so if you do decide to get one , please consider adoption. Many birds are given up by their owners for various reasons and are in search of a good home. My mom has adopted two birds for just this reason and I adopted a set of parakeets about 6 months ago because the owners had bought another pet and tired of caring for them.
While I was looking for more information on losing a pet bird, I found some useful links that may be very helpful in preventing anything like this from happening to yours:

escaped pet birds

when your bird escapes outside
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