Lost my bird outside
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I give my flock millet seed as a treat every day. If i want to handle a particular bird and its not playing ball, i put a handful of millet on the ground and they become pre-occupied with the millet and i can get a hold of them.
I'm no expert, but since its a roo, i'd imagine that there are two scenarios. 1. he calls his girls to join him, or 2. he will not want to be far away from them, so he may decide to return.
A three hour chase was good exercise though eh?
Jeepers - so sorry. I think i need some more tea before my brain kicks in (its 7:15am here in Kenya), or maybe i should go back to bed and start the day again
Apologies once again.
LOL he sounds like a starling I raised, she would fling her food everywhere too (and pooped ALLOT). So I moved her outside and she would fly around us and land on our shoulders for a few months until fall when she decided to join a wild flock of starlings. She did come back the next spring though and nested in our roof but was never super tame again after being with that wild flock. I do have a pet house sparrow right now that lives with my society finches in my room and she is super tame and completely unafraid of anything .
Most of my hand raised birds I let out to fly free during the day if it's nice out and bring in at night and they try to roost on the porch at bedtime so it's usually easy to catch them then.
He will probably love the new cage! I noticed my starlings poop left a residue that was (still is, a year later) almost impossible to clean off anything, my other birds poop didn't do that though. It was weird
Another thing is that most of my birds that I allowed to free fly every day eventually joined wild flocks. The house sparrow I have now lives inside but she used to go outside for the day, she is just so completely unafraid of cats and other predators that I don't let her outside anymore.