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Re: I lost my Timenh African Grey

Posted by Shawna on 7/15/09
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    Thank you GreyLady. My baby Harley has been gone for 10 days
    and I am still as devastated and depressed as the 1st day.
    What am I going to do?! I've done everything suggested. I
    posted flyers ALL over the area he went missing and I went
    door to door with flyers and left them stuck in people's
    doors. My husband and I contacted every single vet office,
    pet store and animal shelters and rescuers for birds. I've had
    an ad in one of the local papers and now I have a new ad
    starting in a more popular paper on Saturday and Sunday(most
    read days). Am I supposed to be just waiting now? I just feel
    sick and depressed all day long. I can't stand the thought of
    never having him again and it literally makes me ill! We have
    his cage on the roof of the house full of his toys and
    favorite food. I took my other bird (Max) over, but I think
    he's too sad to yell(cockatoo that we rescued, but doesn't
    talk). I walked around the neighborhood yelling his name for 8
    days and nothing. I am so terrified that he's out there still
    and waiting for me to find him...or someone found him and
    isn't planning on giving him back. one of the places my
    husband called, the guy read him the riot act about not
    clipping Harley's wings good enough and then told him that we
    probably won't ever see him again because he could fly 50
    miles within the first day (which I think he is full of crap
    because I've been told differently from many people). I just
    don't know what to do next!
    On 7/09/09, GreyLady wrote:
    > Here is a copy of suggestions I copied from another board.
    > Good luck.
    > Tips for Finding a Lost Parrot
    > Losing your parrot can be a devastating experience. Unlike a
    > dog or cat who may roam the (usually familiar) streets
    > wearing a collar with a tag, parrots often fly up and away
    > hide in the safety of a tree's high branches. Often, they
    > so scared and confused by their surroundings that they are
    > unable to find their way home, even if they wanted to. Here
    > is a few tips for getting your bird back.
    > Remember the "One Mile/One Month Rule": When looking for a
    > lost bird, remember that and during the first month
    > following "escape," a lost parrot usually stays within a one-
    > mile radius of where it was lost.
    > Familiar Surroundings: Even if you cannot see your bird, he
    > may be watching you. Your bird may be too scared to come
    > and see you, so entice him. Put his cage outside, full of
    > favorite junk-food, and leave the door open. If your bird
    > a feathered pal, put him outside, too (in a locked cage).
    > Only attempt this if you are home and watching the cage(s)
    > carefully. This may entice him to come down. If you have a
    > dog/cat that your bird doesn't like, be sure to keep them
    > away from the cage.
    > Make Some Noise: If there are noises or words that your bird
    > likes, walk the neighborhood making those sounds. Listen
    > carefully, your bird might talk back!
    > Let People Know: When your bird becomes hungry or lonely,
    > may make contact with a stranger in desperation. This person
    > may well go looking for the bird's owner. Make posters
    > advertising your lost bird with a description and contact
    > information. Give these posters to neighbors, veterinarians
    > and pet stores as soon as possible. If there are bird
    > breeders in your area, let them know you lost your bird,
    > Also, place an advertisement in the Lost & Found section of
    > any newspapers in your area. Finally, stick posters up on
    > phone poles and in community centers. You may even go door-
    > door asking neighbors to keep an eye out for your bird. This
    > way, if someone has seen/found your bird, they can easily
    > find you, too.
    > Remember Your Animal Welfare Groups: Be sure to contact your
    > local animal control, Humane Society and any parrot rescue
    > groups in your area. Let them know you have lost your parrot
    > and give them a contact number where they can get a hold of
    > you if someone reports a found bird.
    > And Most Importantly: Be stubborn about finding your bird.
    > Parrots are very adaptable and can live feral in many parts
    > of the United States. Your best chance for getting your bird
    > back is if you are proactive!
    > More Links:
    > To Report a Found Bird:
    > To Report a Lost/Stolen Bird:
    > Bird HotLine World Wide Bird Lost and Found
    > Lost & Found Birds Listing
    > Birdhobbyist's Forums - Lost & Found Birds
    > PETSEARCH(UK) - Register of lost and found
    > Yahoo! Directory Animals Classifieds > Lost and Found
    > Found ...