Couple Works for Months to Catch Stray Parakeet in Their Yard

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We have always fed outside critters – birds, squirrels, bunnies, etc. We recently moved from one Chicago suburb to another and immediately set up our bird feeders. Soon we had birds, squirrels, rabbits, and ducks feeding outside our sliders. Then one day I noticed a brightly-colored bird feeding on the ground. I went outside to investigate, and there in the tree was a parakeet.


Having had budgies as a child, I knew it would never survive outside in a Chicago winter. I was able to locate a cage from the local animal control and set up shop outside under the feeders. We attached a string to the door of the cage and ran it over the patio into the house. For months we kept watch, taking the cage in and out during rainy weather. My husband never complained, although he had very serious doubts about my mission. Squirrels, doves, sparrows all feasted on the seed at the bottom of the cage, but no budgie. We would see it for months, but never in the cage.

Then one week it didn’t return. I figured either the elements or a predator got to it. One Sunday, though, I happened to turn to look outside and there it was, all by itself, climbing up the ramp to the cage. I grabbed the string, and as soon as it went inside, I pulled the door shut. Success!

Marley now has a big cage, a warm place to sleep, and lots of food and toys. She is a noisy little thing that seems to enjoy having sports on the TV, becoming very vocal! I am hoping to finger train her soon and let her spread her wings in a safe, loving environment. She brings a smile to my face every day and we have come to enjoy hearing her do her birdie grumble!


No one is sure what the bigger miracle is, that she survived the outside for three months, or that we were able to capture her. All I know is that she is safe and loved.

Story submitted by G. Lorenz from Tinley Park, Illinois.

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