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Stolen Birds

The following article was presented at our Aug-2012 meeting to highlight just a few things to think about and put into practice in relation the prevention of the theft of your birds...

Bird Security

By Joe Habib

It's not uncommon to hear of pet shops such as Kellyville Pets, Crystal Pet and Wire Centre, and other pet shops getting broken into. The fact is that birds do get stolen and it is something that we hope never happens to anyone.

There are a few basic things that you can usually do, such as padlocks, high fences and dogs; and some people have things like cameras and alarms.  In the yard in regard to the birds, things like micro chipping, rings and DNA testing depending on the birds, can also be helpful.  One of the things that people don't do and should be doing, is to take profile photos of their birds, and in particular maybe little things like toes missing, a nail missing or something else - different things that may help to identify birds if they are stolen.  If you have a case where you believe that a bird could be yours then you've got different things that can aid you in indentifying it.  Especially when you consider the value of your birds and lengths that some people go to, to get the birds, it is a good idea to keep a record of anything that may assist you with recovering your birds.

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Contact Authorities

Phone your local police station and report the theft immediately.

Local Help

Post a notice in your local newspaper, shop windows, supermarkets or village noticeboards, etc.  The RSPCA and local veterinary clinics may also have noticeboards where you can post the theft asking for anyone who knows anything at all, or who may know someone with a new bird that fits the description of your bird, to contact the police in their local area and let them know.

Online Help

Have you registered with parrotalert.com?  They have a large database of parrots where you can report lost, found and stolen birds.  If you have a bird in your care that you have found or if you have lost a bird and you are checking to see if your bird has been listed as found, parrotalert.com is a specialised website where you can do this.  It is completely free!

Parrot Alert - List your lost, found, or stolen parrot

IT'S COMPLETELY FREE:  The Global Lost, Stolen and Found Parrot/Bird Reporting and Alerting site
 Now for the first time people can graphically report and search for lost and stolen parrots/birds within towns, cities and countries.