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So I am quite beside myself, I have two birds, and now one.

I have a 'bird room'. I have a cage hanging and branches and perches and what not placed around. On one of the fly screens about 4 or 5 days ago I noticed a small hole, nothing to concern myself with. I checked on it a day or so later and THOUGHT it was a fraction bigger than before, but assumed I am imagining things. Then yesterday I noticed it *was* bigger, so I watched from a distance where my birds could not see me and I spotted Iris making the hole bigger. She soon lost interest after being distracted, she never ever did this when I was in the room with her and Icarus. As bizarre as this sounds, I googled "can budgies plan escapes" "can budgies plan" ect.. and all results gave me the impression budgies do no such thing.

I woke up this morning, greeted Icarus and Iris, opened their cage, came back 2 or 3 hours later only to find Icarus. I searched the room but nothing.. Icarus was singing and watching the window. The hole was much bigger, big enough for a curious budgie.

I shut the window, provided Icarus with a back up cage and placed their normal cage outside under the window. I called for Iris, and walked all over trying to find her. I played budgie sounds, encouraged Icarus to sing louder..but nothing. It is now night time and she has not returned. I have placed ads online and will continue to look out in every way I can.

I would love anyones advice on how to find her, please do not tell me that I should expect the worse and there is no point in trying. I do not want to hear that right now, and I would like to treat the situation as though she can return until it is VERY clear she will not.

I am not sure if this has anything to do with anything, but over the past week Iris was behaving a lot different, she was getting very defensive about her perches, and her own space and bullying Icarus at times. It was clear he did not want to get in her way- this was not in her nature generally. Her cere also started turning a bit brown (but I read this may be common as she gets older). She even started biting the perches I would use to move her around (she used to enjoy this game) and threatening to bite my finger when it was too close. Were these signs of her becoming unwell or unhappy?

My next big concern is Icarus. I can not bare for him to be alone. What should I do for him while I look for Iris? If the worse came to be, how would I go about finding the right new friend for him? How would I pick them and introduce them? How old should they be? Icarus sang VERY loud all day after Iris disappeared. When she first went, I noticed he was singing and dancing, and it seemed to be his happy songs. Was he happy she left? As it got dark he started singing loud but not his happy songs. He is normally also very weary of me, but he let me so close to him and let me catch him with out too much fuss. Which has never ever happened. Does this small change in behaviour mean anything or is it just coincidental?

All advice is very very welcome. Thank you in advance.
 

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I'm sorry this has happened I can only imagine how distressing it is. I would also call all the vets, animal shelters and pet stores in the area in case anyone found her and dropped her in. Certainly continue to leave a cage out for her and play budgie sounds.
As for Icarus he is probably behaving clingy because he's unsure of what's happened and of course missing his friend. I really don't know what to say about Iris' behaviour though.
I hope you find her.
 

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I'm sorry this has happened I can only imagine how distressing it is. I would also call all the vets, animal shelters and pet stores in the area in case anyone found her and dropped her in. Certainly continue to leave a cage out for her and play budgie sounds.
As for Icarus he is probably behaving clingy because he's unsure of what's happened and of course missing his friend. I really don't know what to say about Iris' behaviour though.
I hope you find her.
Thank you so much for taking the time to respond. I had not thought to ring local shelters and vets. I will do that in the morning as soon as I can. Thank you!
 

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I can only try to imagine what you must be going through....Have you looked outside on the nearby trees? Iris must be really scared all be herself in the wild which she's not used to. Continue keeping the cage outside and playing budgie sounds. Also you can distribute flyers and pamplets describing your bird and place radio ads. Probably this will help in tracking your budgie. Icarus might be in distress too feeling the loss of his friend for now but he'll be normal very soon.
Praying for the safe return of IRIS.....Good Luck.
 

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I'm so sorry your little Iris flew off on adventures outside. I agree with what's already been said. When someone finds or sees your bird, they might very likely call an animal rescue type of place. I'd use social media as well. Really hope she returns :budgie:
 

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I am truly sorry Iris managed to escape. It sounds as though she was coming into condition with her cere turning brown this would also explain her behaviour towards Icarus and the biting of the wood. Budgies chew and dig out holes that are occurring in trees for nests in the wild.
The chewing is a natural instinct for her.
Don't give up place Icarus near the window his calling will encourage her if she hears him leave food out a well.
 

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I'm very sorry Iris has escaped.

Many budgies enjoy finding ways out of their cages so it makes perfect sense to me Iris would look for ways to escape the bird room. It is in a budgie's nature to chew and squeeze themselves into tight places to explore.

Please take a look at these two threads for information which may help you locate Iris.

http://talkbudgies.com/lost-found/36506-wheres-your-bird-what-do-if-your-budgie-lost.html

http://talkbudgies.com/lost-found/78829-how-keep-your-bird-safe-outside.html

I've changed the title of your thread and moved it over into "Lost and Found"

Good luck in your search for her and please let us know how it goes. :hug:
 

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I'm so sorry Iris has escaped, I agree with Cathy that chewing is a natural instinct females have when coming into condition, which sounds like that was what was happening. They tend to get more moody, more aggressive and very interested in exploring and chewing at things.
I agree with advice above, I'm hoping you will find her. Poor Icarus, he probably is confused as to why his friend has gone and is a little more apprehensive of you without her there.
I do hope she returns, but in the case that she doesn't, I would agree that getting him a friend is the best option.
If he is young enough (What I mean by that is he isn't an 11 or 12 year old budgie who is grumpy and set in his ways) then I would get him a younger budgie for a friend. If you aren't intending to breed, a young male is always the best because males tend to form strong bonds of friendship. Of course, a female works too, but then you have the risk of eggs/babies.
If you do decide to give him a friend, it's important you quarantine him/her for 5-6 weeks in a separate cage in a separate room to prevent the spread of diseases, after that you can introduce them in a "neutral" room and have them share some millet and playstand/play area so that they get to know each other. Once they're together, some squabbling is normal at first, to limit this make sure there's two of everything, even if there wasn't when Iris was with him.
I hope this helps and please keep us posted, I can't imagine what you're going through right now :hug:
 

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I've seen some parakeets in my local pet shelter that said they take in birds, too. I really hope you don't give up because she might be in one, but you should go in and tell them what happened so they can be on the look out for her. Plus, I know it sounds crazy but if someone has her at their house, and reported her as a missing pet, they have the rights to her after a month of no owner reporting the bird as missing. And if they find her without someone stepping up, they will adopt her out. In a situation like this you have to act fast.
 

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I know exactly what your going through right now as I've had a much loved budgie fly away :( I would certainly not give up, continue to put the cage outside and have something out there playing budgie sounds, I would also post on as many lost & found pet sites as you can & on budgie forums like this. Putting posters up around the area about your lost budgie is also a good idea & there's also websites such as streetlife that make it easy to get in touch with those living in the same area as yourself so posting on websites like that asking others in the area to keep a look out for your lost budgie is also worth doing.

Am sending you all the best wishes I can because I really hope you get her back, I wouldn't want anyone to feel the way I still do about the budgie I lost, coming up 2 years and it's not getting any easier to deal with so I hope & pray you get your budgie back home.
 

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I wouldn't be in a hurry to get Icarus a new companion since Iris could
be gone for days or more and be found or return on her own. Keep allowing Icarus to call from a window or play recordings. Check all vets & animal shelters and put up flyers & use social media. Returns do happen.
If Iris flies to people that's a plus in helping returns happen.
 
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