Found a white & yellow budgie at gas station in Abilene, TX.
I found this budgie at a gas station nearby, the white one in the middle that is, a woman was holding it, which I thought was odd. I walked up to the woman and told her "That bird's pretty calm with being outside, you must have trained her well." to which she replied, "It's not my bird, it was just sitting out here so I picked it up." After that, she let me take it home where I keep two budgies myself. Her foot has blood on it, though she's not limping or screaming, I've heard that bird's are good at covering up pain, soooo I don't 100% know what to do about that... Anyway, I let it eat and gave it some water, and it's now a little used to being around my Pan and Able, but I don't know what to do next. I've looked at some sites online to see if anyone posted anything about a missing budgie, but I haven't had any luck. I'll figure out that on my own, I'm planning on printing out some flyers soon to hopefully find the bird's owner. I'm just wondering rn what I should do, I don't have a second cage to seperate the birds, so despite of possible illness, it has to stay with Pan and Able. A little help would be super appreciated, thank you!
Very good of you to take in the bird, however, as you already are aware you are putting you own birds at risk by having them altogether, not only from a illness standpoint but there may be a bit of territorial issues as well. If you take the found bird to an avian vet for an exam at least you will know if the bird as any apparent issues such as mites, respiratory or GI infection that could be spread to your birds. I realize that you may not want to make that investment on the found bird but if that bird does pass any problems to your birds the issue will be compounded. A temporary cage would not be too expensive and may be the best solution.
Thank you for taking in the little lost budgie.
I agree with Cody regarding the risk of illness and/or infection.
Check with various vets in the area as well as Animal Shelters to see if anyone has reported a missing budgie. Making flyers, posting on Craigslist, etc. would be helpful.
Have you been able to locate the source of the blood on the budgie's foot?
Are you certain the budgie isn't still bleeding?
If you are unable to find the owner, is it your intention to keep this little budgie?
When you print up flyers, I would not include a picture of the bird nor an extensive description.
Simply indicate a Budgie has been found, the location where it was located and how to contact you.
Ask anyone who responds to the flyer about a "Found Budgie" to carefully describe the bird to you. This will help ensure you don't get someone who simply is trying to get a "free bird".
I have gotten in this situation previously, and I agree 100% with the above posters. I even had someone call who was trying to get a free bird! Please make sure the little budgie isn't injured besides whatever is wrong with his foot- it's very important to make sure because they're very fragile animals.
Any updates? Just curious what has happened so far. Where have you posted for a lost pet? Any inquiries?
It’s best not to give too many identifying characteristics on the ad about a lost budgie. Unfortunately it’s not uncommon for people wanting free animals to regularly comb through ads trying to score free birds, dogs, etc.
Hey everyone, thank you for replying to my post, you've all been really helpful! I'm sorry I haven't posted anything until now, I've been really busy with college, work, and trying to find the owner for this budgie...
Anyway, I bought a second cage to keep it in, and it's foot is doing fine. I thought it was blood, but it either dried or was never bleeding in the first place. /: I've posted fliers around town but I haven't gotten any calls yet. Also, it didn't include a picture of the budgie, so no worries there... I wanna make sure I'm giving it back to it's owner if it has one.
I'm taking the bird to a vet tomorrow to see if it's sick or anything like that, which I hope it's not...
In regards to keeping the bird, I will most likely not be. I'd like to, I really REALLY would, but my sister came over and named it and everything, she wants it more than I need it. I'll give the fliers a little while to work, but if they don't, then "snow", which is the bird's temporary name, will go to my sister......... Who knows nothing about budgies. I'm worried for it's safety lol but I'll be sure to help her out.
Thanks again for helping me out with all this, I really appreciate all the suggestions I've been getting. I'll keep you all updated if something else happens or if the bird's owner is found. Thank you
Great that you will be taking Snow to the vet, hope everything checks out OK. Since you have indicated that your sister does not have any experience with budgies if you are going to give the bird to her it might be a good idea to introduce her to the forum so she can begin reading some of the articles on budgie care before she takes Snow home.
Thanks for the update . I’d say the most effective way to try and find the owner (if they care), is to post online. Everyone knows Craigslist, and if you do a search, there are plenty of pet lost and found websites. The right person might not drive or walk past the signs posted. The internet reaches more far and wide. Good luck!
Please ask your sister to join the forum and have her take the time to read the many Budgie Articles and Stickies so she can learn the best practices in care for little Snow's optimal health and well-being should the budgie end up with her.