Content of the material
- What to Do if a Hummingbird Flies into Your Home, Barn, or Other Building
- Step 1: Secure the Area
- Expert Opinion: Dwayne Elmore, Professor, Oklahoma State University
- Hummingbirds of North America
- Other Ways To Get A Bird Out Of Your Garage
- Can A Cat Get Rid Of A Bird In The Garage?
- How Do You Catch A Bird And Release It Safely?
- How Do You Use A Rake To Get A Bird Out Of Your Home?
- Can You Chase A Bird Out Of Your Garage?
- What to Do if a Bird Won’t Leave
- How to Locate a Bird That’s Hiding in Your House
What to Do if a Hummingbird Flies into Your Home, Barn, or Other Building
Maybe it sounds a bit far-fetched, but in my experience — and that includes quite a few "get the hummingbird out of the house!" events (which included the exclamation point) — it's not as rare as you might think.
The first half-dozen times this happened to me, I was living on a farm in Pennsylvania, where hummingbirds were very active around the flower and vegetable gardens near the house and also around the barns, where the doors, which were often open, were large and the skylights above the rafters attractive to these little avian hummers. So they'd often fly in and get confused and stuck.
My most recent experience with a hummingbird in the house happened at night, when hummingbirds supposedly don't fly. I'll tell you about that "fun" fifteen minutes (which seemed much longer) and how we got the little guy out of the house and on his way, with a sip of hummingbird energy drink for the trip back to the nest.
Step 1: Secure the Area
When a bird is trapped and frightened inside a house, it may react frantically. The first step is therefore to contain it in one space in the house. You should also ensure the area is safe, by turning off any ceiling fans, removing pets and covering hot stoves and pans.
Select the biggest and most obvious exit point for the bird and close-off all other possible escape routes. This includes doors, windows, closets, and cabinets. This will limit the bird’s options, forcing it to choose just one exit to fly through.
Expert Opinion: Dwayne Elmore, Professor, Oklahoma State University
Dwayne Elmore, Professor, Oklahoma State University
Dwayne Elmore is a Professor at the Faculty of Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University. He is a member of Society for Range Management, Association for Fire Ecology, and the Wildlife Society. Dr. Elmore has multiple scientific publications on the impact of livestock infrastructure as well as oil and gas on wildlife.
“We have lots of species of a woodpecker at Oklahoma but the northern flicker is the one that generally causes the structure damage. If it is confined to the wood eaves of a home, it is a fairly easy fix. But if you have a solid wood siding home, it is a little more problematic. Unfortunately, most strategies (to deter woodpeckers) are not effective but we generally recommend trying them first and see if it gives you some resolution. We went through lots of streamers and glass mirrors that spin in the wind, different things to try to repel the woodpeckers from being on the home. And those generally are not very effective. Unfortunately, there are no good repellents such as a chemical that really works for birds. In a small space, exclusion netting is a great solution. When you get to a whole structure that is wood, it is really impractical to wrap the whole house in netting. However, on this particular house, there was only one wall and only the upper portion of that wall that was seeing woodpecker damage. So it was still an expensive fix, but it was feasible.”
Hummingbirds of North America
Other Ways To Get A Bird Out Of Your Garage
Though opening a window, catching the bird, or just waiting it out tends to be the most common ways to get birds in your garage, they aren’t the only ways. These options below can also work well as far as DIY options go.
Can A Cat Get Rid Of A Bird In The Garage?
If you have not been able to remove the bird through means like opening a window or trying a “catch and release” attempt, owning a cat (or even a dog) can help. Cats are amazing birders and will be more than happy to chase after most birds. In most cases, your pets will have a fun time and the bird will fly out the window as soon as they see them.
Obviously, this is not a good idea if the bird in question is a large one—like a hawk, a falcon, or an eagle. Birds of prey like those are more likely to harm your pet than they are to flee in terror.
How Do You Catch A Bird And Release It Safely?
The best way to do this is to use a fishing net. You do not want to get too close to the bird, as it may fly up and peck you. Using a fishing net (or butterfly net) to catch the bird is the most humane way to get them out of your home. It also gives you the adequate spacing that you need.
How Do You Use A Rake To Get A Bird Out Of Your Home?
If the bird is calm, you can hold a rake out to it and let it hop on the rake. Then, gently point the rake towards an open window. You should see it leave as soon as it gets the hint. If you don’t have a rake, you can also use a broom, a branch, or a large stick. As long as it gives you ample room between you and the bird, it should work.
Can You Chase A Bird Out Of Your Garage?
For the most part, people shouldn’t try to chase birds out of their garages. If birds get too panicked, they may actually try to peck you in retaliation. So, it’s better to employ a little tact when you get them out. Gently guiding the bird is usually a better option, as is just letting birds leave of their own accord.
What to Do if a Bird Won’t Leave
If the bird won’t get out of your house after following these recommendations, maybe it’s time to contact an expert. Search for bird havens, wildlife groups, or even animal control in your locality and ask them if they can come and handle your ensnared feathery inconvenience.
Wildlife professionals know how to deal with birds without causing them harm. Also, they have the suitable gear to facilitate the procedure to go fast.
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How to Locate a Bird That’s Hiding in Your House
If your feathery friend is playing hide and seek in your house, you have to find a way to get it outside. The first step is to locate which room it’s in. Eliminate as many sources of noise as possible, and pay close attention to sounds that may indicate where the feathery friend could be concealed. Listen for soft sounds of scraping or perhaps chirping. The bird will give itself away—if you’re listening for it.