LOST AFRICAN GRAY PARROT- CHINO, CALIFORNIA
On January 18, 2005, at approximately 3:00 PM Pacific Time our African Gray Parrot flew off near Monte Vista Avenue between Walnut and Riverside Avenues and could not be located. The bird is an 11 year old female Congo African Gray with red tail feathers and answers to the name of "Chuckie Bird" or just "Bird." She does have the AVID Chip with information on ownership and they can be contacted 1-800-336-2843 if found to confirm the information. She has several words/phrases & names in her vocabulary. "Get down." "Come here" and "Be nice" are a few words she can say. She will also say "Oh, Chuckie Bird", names like Nico and David are familiar to her and there are several sounds she can imitate, beeps, whistles and others birds.
If located, please contact me by e-mail (Email Removed)
Any information leading to her return will be greatly appreciated and please pass this on to anyone you think may help. Thank you.
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Someone feels crushed, and I doubt any words will help. I am sorry for your loss.
The same thing happened to me, and I'm afraid to say more than once. I live alone in a quiet wooded neighborhood in Westminster. Each time I got the bird back, and it was the case of not being clipped enough. the last time, I sat up all night with the door open. About 4am, I heard the bird's distress call and was able to hunt down the bird with a strong flashlight. But I was lucky.
To the rest reading, there is no reason not to clip flight feathers. Birds will take off and will do it anything you let your guard down. The bird is only doing what is natural, and sooner or later, any owner will drop the guard. A door, window or broken screen is all it takes. Magnolia Bird Farm in Anaheim and riverside (California) will clip flight feathers without charge. If you live near a seasoned bird owner like me, I'd clip for you or teach you how.
sooner or later, any owner will drop the guard.

So please explain what I am doing wrong then. Over 2 decades of keeping fully flighted birds and I haven't lost one yet.

I've not lost one either.
I just cant imagine being so stupid as to open a door or window while one of my birds were out of it's cage.
And don't post "accidents will happen" because letting a bird escape isn't an accident.
So please explain what I am doing wrong then. Over 2 decades of keeping fully flighted birds and I haven't lost one yet.

I've not lost one either. I just cant imagine being so stupid as to open a door or window while one of my birds were out of it's cage. And don't post "accidents will happen" because letting a bird escape isn't an accident.

Yes, it could be an accident. My mom used to put our parakeets (in the cage) on the patio on nice days because they liked to see and chirp at the wild birds. I walked into the kitchen one day and stepped outside just in time to stop the teal budgie Jeremy from flying out of the open cage door. The green budgie had already taken off. Mom had left the cage door open after having refilled the seed and water cups. To this day I feel bad I yelled at my mother about it (I was about 15 and said some nasty things - now that I'm almost the same age she was I certainly understand forgetfulness).
However, having said all that, there is no reason to be leaving doors and windows open or walking around outside with a bird who has full flight feathers.
Jill
Well, good for you Hamm & Ray. Still, I can't find it in myself to kick someone that lost a bird and feels bad.
Well, good for you Hamm & Ray. Still, I can't find it in myself to kick someone that lost a bird and feels bad.

So who was kicking? For my part I was responding to someone who said that clipping was the only way to keep a bird safe.

Me too.
Sometime events happen that are beyond our control that result in a bird getting out. What would call such incidents?

And don't post "accidents will happen" because letting a bird escape isn't an accident.
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