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Re: Budgie at feeder--need help!

Posted by Sarah on 2/03/06
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    On 2/03/06, Michael L wrote:
    > On 2/03/06, Fran wrote:
    >> On 2/03/06, Laura in Tx wrote:
    >>> For the past 3 days(same time) a budgie has been at one of
    >>> our feeders.Any tips on capturing this sweetheart would be
    >>> appreciated.I have a spare cage out there,but no
    >>> interest.Any special treats that would at least keep him
    >>> returning?The weather has been warm,but a cold front is on
    >>> it's way, and they are calling for 39 as a low
    >>> tonight.Raining right now,would love to get him in a warm
    >>> home.Thanks for any help!
    >>
    >> Laura, try one of the "honey stick" treat bars that you can
    >> get at any supermarket or petstore. Hang it inside the cage
    >> on a back wall and keep watch. If all else fails you can try
    >> a net or blanket. Some people suggest using another bird
    >> as "bait". If you know someone who has a budgie/parakeet you
    >> could bring his cage out there and let him call for a little
    >> while. Do not under any circumstances leave the "bait"
    >> budgie alone as a predator would snatch him up pronto (even
    >> in a cage, not safe) If the budgie gets close to the caged
    >> budgie someone could toss a light blanket or sheet over him.
    >> Good luck and keep us posted.
    >
    > Another suggestion would be to try using a garden hose and
    > dousing/soaking the bird with water.
    > This is tricky to do as you have to be close enough to the bird
    > and your aim with the hose has to be good.
    > If you can get the bird wet, it's works very well in capturing
    > the bird.
    > Fran's suggestion of a honey stick is good too as it's
    > something that the bird might be somewhat familiar with.
    > Best of luck to you.
    >
    > Michael L

    If it was once an domestic budgie(which it has to be), put out millet spray. My
    budgies ADORE millet.
    Hope this helps!
    ~Sarah