I think we found a parakeet in our backyard. What should we do?
I'm pretty sure that this parakeet
(it is a parakeet, right?) is an escaped house pet. It flew right down to us while we were gardening in our San Francisco backyard. It readily ate the birdseed we put out for it, didn't seem very scared of people, and was easily caught. It's currently in our living room, with an overturned laundry hamper as a cage while we figure out what to do with it.
We made a trip to the pet store and determined that a cage was too expensive for what will probably be a temporary stay but did buy it some parakeet food, a cuttlefish, some millet, some toys, and a water bottle. We fitted out the hamper with some makeshift perches and it seems pretty content.
Ideally, we'd like to return it to its home. I've posted to the Yahoo group for my neighborhood, on Craigslist, and on Facebook with no responses so far. We'll post fliers around the block tomorrow (how far could it have come?).
In the mean time, how do we care for it? He's been pretty quiet in the cage, sitting on a perch since we brought him inside and I imagine that's because he's tired after being on the run for some time but I hope he's not sick or we're doing something wrong. He's not in any drafts or anything. We know NOTHING about keeping birds as pets.
If no one claims him, I can conceive of us keeping him but we haven't really decided yet. Do we call Animal Care and Control if we need to have someone else care for him? I've checked their website and there aren't any lost birds listed.
We do have a cat who so far is interested but not overly so. Obviously we're watching the cat but at night, I'm not sure what the best thing to do is. Do people really cover bird cages at night with a sheet? Is that just to keep them from being noisy?
Also, our 3-year old has named him Kornseed.