So I work at a local pet store chain, and yesterday we got some new baby budgies. As they were putting them into the new cage one of the babies got out and flew across the store (fairly far for a baby budgie!) and landed on the a pipe on the ceiling. we looked everywhere for him before he started chirping and we noticed him up there. the ceilings are very high, so even with a latter it is impossible to reach anywhere close to the ceiling. We set out open cages with food and water in them and extra spots of food and water to try to coax him out, but he would not budge. finally he heard the other birds chirping and flew to the other side of the store, once again landing on a pipe 40ft (give or take). we left the food and water out overnight hoping he would be in one of the cages in the morning, or at least lower down, but when i got to work I found that he was in the exact same spot. the food all looked untouched, and he had no way to get to the water without walking through the food, so that had not been touched either. we are hoping that he took a drink from one of the open top fish tanks overnight before returning to his same spot, but it seems highly unlikely. In another attempt to get him down, one of my coworkers went to Walmart and got a Mylar balloon to spook him from his spot, but after 30 min of chasing him around the store, he ended up landing on a ledge (still 40 ft up) and backed up so we could not see him. the ledge is no more than a foot deep, so he should be able to come out fine, but it seems he is so tired and dehydrated that he will not move. any ideas on how we can coax him down?
Your best bet (and a 40 foot ladder is dangerous and are no guarantee of the bird staying put) is to continually play a recording (from Youtube, of budgie chatter) with a cage with a couple of budgies placed on the highest shelf (that people can safely reach), near him with some food/water in a smaller open cage (with a perch) beside, and monitor what happens. Most budgies are very keen on hearing other budgies and attracted to them. Good luck.
Sorry it took so long for an update but I have good news! Budgie was caught on Saturday morning. The caught him exploring the shelves and visiting the reptiles when they came in to open the store. He was assessed and got a clean bill of health! He is back with his friends and doing great.