How to Get a Trapped Hummingbird Out of The House Safely

Inquisitive hummingbirds are likely to investigate any potential food source. And their curiosity can get them in trouble when they get stuck inside not knowing how to get out of there.

These birds like to explore different areas of a garden. And any place where there is red, whether natural or artificial, is likely to attract your attention.

When this happens, birds can be trapped somewhere that is not safe for them, such as garages, sheds, playhouses, and houses.

When the bird discovers that it cannot find its way out, its survival instinct will be to fly high, looking for a place out of reach of potential predators and other threats. However, this may take you more than one exit point away.

Also, when a hummingbird gets trapped, it often becomes stressed and frantic in unexplored territory. As the bird tries to find a way out, it may run towards windows or get entangled in mosquito nets or curtains.

This can lead to wing, feather, and beak injuries, as well as trauma from crystal collisions.

Helping a hummingbird escape

Acting quickly is essential to helping a trapped hummingbird. If you see a trapped bird, do the following:

  • Remove small children and pets from the area. Any additional shock, even if it is not really a threat to the bird, can stress it even more. Also, turn off televisions and music, and turn off ceiling fans that could harm the bird.


  • Close any additional places where the bird could get trapped, such as other room doors, closet doors, and closet doors. Hide red objects, if possible, such as pillows, toys, or decorative items, so that the bird is no longer confused.


  • Open all possible exits from the area, including doors and windows. Remove screens from windows and keep doors open if necessary. A trapped hummingbird often flies frantically to different areas in search of escape routes, so providing many routes will help the birds get out more quickly.


  • Turn off all interior lights so exits are as clear as possible. If a window cannot be opened, close the blinds to prevent the bird from thinking it is an exit and running to the glass.


  • Place a hummingbird feeder outside the most accessible exit to get the bird's attention and remove it. If a bowl is not available, use anything with a bright red color, including a flower basket, a garment, a towel, or a toy.


  • If necessary, use a broom or other long-handled object to gently push the hummingbird toward the exit. However, do not touch the bird during the process.


  • Watch the bird carefully as it leaves. If the bird is disoriented, you can try to return to the place where it was trapped. Then after safely exiting, quickly close all entrances.


  • If possible, watch how the bird got in in the first place and take steps so it doesn't happen again. This can include removing red objects, repairing screens, or making sure doors are closed securely.

Catching a hummingbird

As a last resort, it may be necessary to catch a hummingbird to help you out of a building. If the bird is exhausted, it can land somewhere.

Then you can pick it up and take it out. However, keep in mind that these birds are delicate. Never use a towel or net to transport them due to the risk of injury from tangles.

Put your hand around the bird so it doesn't fly, but don't apply too much pressure. Take him outside, closing the door behind you.

And take it straight to a nectar-producing trough or flower for a drink. If necessary, position the bird carefully so that its beak is snug in the feeding area.

It may take several minutes and several sips for the hummingbird to regain its strength, but it must fly. After handling the bird, wash your hands thoroughly.

Even with the best intentions, it is a violation of the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Law to keep a hummingbird in captivity, even if only for a short period. If a bird appears injured or does not regain strength, contact a licensed bird rescue center for assistance.

We hope you enjoy this video about how to get a hummingbird out of your garage:

Source: Dennis Baldwin

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