How to Shoo a Bird out of Your House

Jan Glenn’s | Pawsitively Purrfect-

Spring is in the air, and so are the birds! There are new babies in the backyards, momma birds at the bird feeders and papa birds looking out for their families. They are singing up a storm, because spring has finally sprung.

Recently, one of those happy birds decided to pay my husband and me a visit inside our house. As we were walking in the front door, the tiny little bird flew inside before we could stop it. That little creature probably thought it was in Disneyland with all of the new things to explore and perch on. We had to get it out, because we had a cat in the house that would have loved to play hunting games with it. So, the fun began.

We chased that little feathered friend all over the house, opening doors to coax it out, rolling up newspapers to gently shove it to closed areas in order to catch it with a pillowcase and making human barriers to direct it to open doors.

Finally, an idea popped up in my blonde head to turn out all of the lights in the house except the one in my study, and just maybe it would go to the lighted study and sleep. Since I could close the door to my study, I would have it trapped. There is another door in the study to an outside atrium that I could open, and it could escape that way.

The next morning, I walked into the study and saw one of my collectible dolls move ever so slightly. Ah ha! The game was up. I shut the study door, opened the atrium door and waited for about five minutes. That tiny little thing flew right out the door to freedom. How simple was that?

After all of this chasing and fretting over a bird in the house, I checked the web to see what I did right and wrong, so I would be prepared if this ever happened again. It said the main thing to do is to stay calm. Now, that is hard to do. The harder you try to shoo a bird out, the more frightened the bird becomes, and the more frantically it flies around. Here are five ways to calmly get the bird back outside and reclaim peace in your home:

1. Open all of the windows and doors. The more outlets the bird has, the better the chances that he’ll find a way out.

2. Try to relax. Take a deep breath and sit down. The more you move around, the more frightened the bird will be-

3. Chances are good that with all of the flying around, the bird will find one of the open windows or doors and fly

4. After 30 minutes, if the bird still hasn’t found a way out, use a rolled up newspaper to gently coax – by lightly
pushing, not swiping – it out a door or window. If this doesn’t work, you will have to try and catch it.

5. To catch a bird, use a large fish net to scoop up the bird. If there is no net, use a towel by throwing it over the top of the bird, scooping two ends under it and grabbing the other two ends to form a hammock.

I was raised in the Texas Panhandle on a farm, and never in 18 years did I have a wild bird in the house. Other little creatures would find their way in, but never a wild bird. I move to the big city, and there is no stopping the creatures that have gotten in. About a year ago, my hubby and I had a snake in the house that we chased down. Birds are better to deal with. I can live with a bird in the house a lot better than a snake.

The little feathered friend has been gone for a while now. It was quite an interesting visit. However, I am still finding little presents it left me all over the house!