In the United States it is a felony to kill or trap wild birds, with the exception of certain non-native species. However, there are many instances in which it is proper—even imperative—to steer a bird in the right direction. Domesticated birds need to be encouraged back into their cage every day. Wild birds, on the other hand, might need some encouragement to leave a home that they have invaded.
- Dangerous hideouts include water glasses, bathrooms, doorways, window, stoves, and sofas.
- Hard to find hideouts include curtain rods, plants, lamps, mantels, ceiling fans, picture frames, and underneath furniture. They can also hide inside objects like laundry baskets, boxes, and drawers.
Stay cool. Birds understand body language so screaming or frantic movement will cause them to be as anxious as you are. To ease their nerves you should speak softly and move at a normal pace.[3
- Do not give the bird the same treat on any occasion other than returning to the cage, else it might find going back to the cage less special.
- Never use time in the cage as punishment; this will create negative associations with the cage.
- While you don’t want to make the outside too inviting, you should make sure that your bird gets a good amount of exercise out of the cage. It’s good for its health and a tired bird will be easier to put back in the cage.
- It can also help to time your birds outside time up with a regular sleeping schedule. That means, put it back in the cage every night before returning to bed. As the lights begin to go off it will understand that it is time to rest.