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Kona escaped with a happy ending

Kona, my Alexandrine parakeet, escaped while we were out yesterday. I don't understand how, everything was shut, but I don't even want to consider that at the moment. He's previously done a bit of escaping from a closed room and ended up in my bedroom, regardless of doors being shut. Very strange! I would not have known until this morning had it been for my neighbours note she posted. It says "Hi, your green parrot escaped! Saw it at 8pm on the sky dish but it flew away". Obviously I went into mass panic and woke all of the birds up (I'd gotten back fairly late) to see which green parrot she meant. It could have been one of many. But as it turned out, it was Kona

I frantically posted a LOST ad on preloved and just about anywhere on Facebook, begging people to share it. I also used Parrot Alert. I stayed up until stupid o'clock in the morning asking everybody to help me. I tried many groups and pages on Facebook as well as getting my friends to spread the word and what amazed me was how many people actually helped! A lady asked me if I would post on a page as many people would see it so I did and shortly after she said that somebody posted 3 hours ago that they had found a parrot. Obviously I went insane and sent them messages asking if they would get in touch with me, I also commented on the post too. Anything to get their attention. It was really early in the morning at this point though so I knew I'd be better off getting some sleep instead and just waking up as soon as the sun came out

First thing in the morning I got a phone call of the guy who posted the FOUND ad. Having seen the photos he said it was definitely my bird and if I could pick him up ASAP. I looked up on Google maps where I had to go and his road was literally opposite mine and the person who had him was his friend who lives around the corner from me! Literally a 60 second walk tops! I got there and saw him. He was being kept in a green house which obviously is going to be extremely detrimental to his health but on top of that they were growing tomatoes in there and as you should know, the plant is toxic they told me that he had vomited a few times last night and this morning. They had also fed him wild bird seed and had given him water. I walked in there with my carrier to get him out and he stepped up and got straight in. They said he had flown to them. Had I not recall trained him I know he wouldn't have had the confidence to do that so I'm pretty darn happy with my self when it comes to how he managed to get to them!

Apparently loads of people had been contacting the guy was the found ad saying it was their bird and would he describe it to them. So thanks a lot to all of the scammers out there who were willing to take my bird with no remorse. Loads kept saying "oh the owner won't come now so I'll take it in". Excuse me, 1. you want a free bird and 2. how would you even know that!? Urgh!!! Some people make me beyond angry, but the support I got since I posted about him has been wonderful and many people tried to help me. That's what matters. I am sending a thank you card to the people who found him!

As you can imagine, Kona wasn't looking too good. I rang my avian vet and said I was coming and he made some time for me. We got him some rehydration therapy and he will also be on antibiotics now for a week, as he also had a nasty cut on his leg. The cut I'm almost certain is from a cat, hence why I wanted antibiotics. Pasteurella can stay away from my birds! He's a little bit tired now but he's stuffed his face and continued to drink loads. Hopefully he will be okay now but he is to be monitored

What a horrible ordeal, but an amazing experience. Getting him back is just downright lucky and I'm so grateful so many people wanted to help me
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OH dear. People are awful. I bet they wanted the bird so they could sell it. That is why you need to ask for a description or have band numbers.
That reminds me I need to write mine down again. Got lost in the move.
Hope all goes well and your Kona has a full recovery.

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Oh my goodness! I'm so glad you got him back what a terribly scary event.
And scammers suck. Seriously.

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Problem with Kona is he isn't rung. I may get split rings for all of my birds so they have some more ID. Clyde is my only microchipped bird too

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Oh god, what an bitter experience to have gone through. Glad to hear you got Kona back (before someone else did), and hope the little guy feels better.

Even though my birds are small, I'd like to get them ringed as well. I'd go insane if I lost one.
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Phew. At least.you got him back and the guy waited for you and not give him away.

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Oh Daisy I do know what that is like. So glad you got Kona back and quickly too. I remember when one of my Alex's got out. The father of Yeti and Yowie. He was gone for over a month. A friend of mine saw a found notice for him that they had just posted and contacted me. He was found nearly 20km from me. I contacted them and emailed pictures and they saw it was my boy. So I raced over to pick him up. Even though he was hand raised but not really tame, he came straight out of their cage to me. The next year he fathered Yeti and Yowie.

Could he have opened the cage door. I can see a padlock going on the door if so. I had to do the same thing with all my too family to stop them opening their doors. Luckily they don't go anywhere just sit on top of their cage or one of the others cages. And they are outside under an awning and I have heaps of wild ones flying around.
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So pleased he's back and relatively unharmed at this point considering what hes been through!

Nearly all my birds are split rung. Birds I purchase just have a private letter and number combination for my own use but birds ive bred have my breeder ID I use.
The only one I wont ring is Jasmin as I think she's too old at this point but she has a very distinct head pattern. All just because im paranoid about being able to ID them!


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Oh my!! how crazy and stressful for you!! so glad that you have your guy back, and what a good boy for going to those people
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Oh my goodness, that would kill me! I am glad you found him so quickly and that he was relatively unharmed! Hopefully he recovers fully and there are no long-term issues for him.
When we still had Hermes I was super paranoid about this. There were times that I had Hermes out and Mike would leave the front door open because he was going in and out and I would freak!



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Thank you all he seems like he's alright now, just a bit shocked and freaked out. He's been eating and drinking fine too

Kate, the door on his cage was still shut when I went in and the other Alex was still in there! Cannot wait to get them out into an aviary A month is a long time for a bird to be out and it's a good job you got him back! I think I'm very lucky that Kona only flew down the road and managed to approach people

Layla, the birds I breed my self I ring with my initials (DA) then the number of the bird (so first of the year of that species would be 1) and then it has the year at the end. The colour of the ring also matches what year the bird was hatched. I am however considering ringing all of my birds with split rings of a bright colour with my initials on them so they can easily be identified

Kayla, escape has always been a really, really scary thing for me too. I managed to lose 2 budgies and 3 zebra finches from our old aviary and it's a mystery why. Oh wait, 3 budgies when we first started using it again (I mean the total is now 3, not we lost 3) but as aviary birds they were never, ever tame and just bolted for it. Luckily Kona, although an aviary bird, has been doing basic training with me for months on things like stepping up and recall from various places around the house. I wanted to harness train him for flight. At least I knew if I free flew him he'd stick around
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