Hi All: My niece and her husband have seen a budgie in their back yard on two occassions. The owner is unknown. They have two cockateils of their own. They tried to catch the budgie but were not successful. The second time they saw the budgie, the bird seem to be flying around with sparrows. I'm not sure how they are going to get the bird, but someone told me once that if a budgie gets away, it is almost impossible to get it back regardless of it being tame or people friendly.
This is exactly why I have our budgie's wings clipped every 6 months or so. I sometimes get criticized for doing this but this is a pet that lives in captivity and for his own safety I have him groomed so that his flying is limited. If he gets out, the hawks will get him.

Also, I read a suggestion on retrieving a budgie by spraying the bird with a garden hose and getting him too wet to fly. That, of course would only work if he got out and hung around on a tree branch nearby.
Anyone have experience?
Robert
Also, I read a suggestion on retrieving a budgie by spraying the bird with a garden hose and getting him ... course would only work if he got out and hung around on a tree branch nearby. Anyone have experience? Robert

Yes, both my birds have gotten loose on occasion. They both stay close to home and come back by nightfall. They also spend days in an outdoor aviary so have some idea of landmarks to home in to to come back. I've tried the water trick - hosing the bird till it's soaked. Didn't work. Preening oil waterproofs the feathers and they can essentially shake the water off. With a budgie, this might work if you had a strong enough spray to knock him off the branch and to the ground. Just speculation, though.

A word of warning to anyone who keeps their birds' flight feathers intact - teach them how to fly down! It's really difficult for a bird with no experience in wind and rain to figure out how to turn and slow down in those conditions.
Hi All: My niece and her husband have seen a budgie in their back yard on two occassions. The owner ... safety I have him groomed so that his flying is limited. If he gets out, the hawks will get him.

Don't be mislead into believing that a clipped bird wil never escape. They can and do and once out, have less chance of survival than a flighted bird. Being unable to fly, means being unable to escape ground predators.
Hi All: My niece and her husband have seen a ... limited. If he gets out, the hawks will get him.

Don't be mislead into believing that a clipped bird wil never escape. They can and do and once out, have less chance of survival than a flighted bird. Being unable to fly, means being unable to escape ground predators.

You make a good point!