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how long can a cockatiel survive outside if he has flown the

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how long can a cockatiel survive outside if he has flown the coupe
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 5 years ago.
Hello, I'm Dr. Bob.
I'm sorry to read of your bird's escape.
Food, weather and predators are the limiting factors for an escaped pet bird.
As long as the weather stays above 40 degrees F, and below 107 degrees F, he will survive.
Bird feeders in the neighborhood as well as foraging may provide his food.
With predators, he'll be on his own, and his survival will be dependent on being alert and quick.
If you live in the south below, say northern Florida, or west, along the coast, his survival outdoors could be unlimited. Late fall will be the limit for his survival up north.
If you should have further questions, please let me know.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
I understand they are nomadic and wonder if he will recognize where he left from. He dd fly over the house a day after hia departure and we have brought his sibblings out in hopes he hears them calling. Is it likely he will try and find home and stay im the area or wull he juat keep going. He was bred in captivity and raised by people. Would they approach another human for help.
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 5 years ago.
Hello again!
Unfortunately, there is no way to predict what a scared inexperienced bird might do. Putting out food in plain site by the cage might be helpful, but there can be no guarantees.
I wish I could offer you more practical advice, but there just isn' t any more to offer, sorry.
If I may be of any further assistance, please let me know.
Best regards,
Dr. Bob
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