It can be very unsettling, to have a bird fly straight into your garage while you’re in there – and very distressing for the bird too! Instead of having a panic attack, let’s look at safe, kind and humane ways of how to get a bird out of your garage, with as little discomfort for both you and the bird as possible.
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What Does It Mean When A Bird Flies In Your Garage?
If a bird has suddenly flown into your garage, it is almost certainly unintentional on the part of the bird.
Birds are meant to fly free outdoors, so if one has flapped its way into your space, chances are it is just as disorientated and confused at being there as you are at seeing it there!
If you habitually keep your windows open, the bird may not see a barrier and might just fly in.
Do you have holes in the garage where nesting birds might seek a quiet place to lay their eggs?
Are there certain foods or smells that might be attracting birds to your garage? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then you have yourself a path to a solution!
However, in some cases a bird might just fly in accidentally, in which case continue reading for our answers to your problem.
You will want to remove the bird as soon as possible, so it doesn’t exhaust itself or fly into closed windows and die.
How Do You Get A Bird Out Of Your Garage?
Birds stuck in garages are generally confused, disoriented and want to be there even less than you want the to be there. As such, getting them out must be taken gently!
- Turn off the lights. Lighting can confuse a bird even more, so having the light reduced can help them.
- Open the windows. A bird will try to escape through any route it can, so allow them many places to escape.
- Close any doors leading into other areas of the house, so the bird cannot fly in even further.
- Remove pets and small children from the area, to avoid spooking the bird even more than it already is.
- Place food and water near the exit. The bird should hopefully spot this and head towards it, then escape through the exit.
- Darken the garage completely. This can calm the bird enough that you are able to catch it.
- Use a large covering to catch it. If the bird has landed on something, you can pop a towel over it to scoop it up and release it – but this should be a last resort as birds are very sensitive.
This is a useful article which will give you a few more ideas to deal with your feathery problem.
How Can I Help A Bird Trapped Inside?
Birds, when trapped inside an area and denied the ability to fly free, can find things pretty stressful.
In fact, a trapped bird, who doesn’t know that glass windows are not actually the outside world, can cause itself a lot of damage by throwing itself at windows repeatedly.
The best way you can help a bird trapped inside is to remain calm.Low noise and slow movements will not panic the bird, so keep yourself as slow and calm as possible.
Another way you can help is to open all the windows. As long as the bird can see freedom, it will try to go for it, so having them all open as far as possible should help an escape.
Leaving food and drink near an exit will also help your trapped bird; it will hopefully smell its nourishment and head towards this – then freedom!
If you see your bird perch on something for a time, try approaching it with a towel. Throwing a towel (gently!) over the bird will prevent it being scared and should enable you to scoop it up and get it outside where it belongs.
How To Get A Hummingbird Out Of Your Garage?
Hummingbirds are tiny, and like most birds they can get very spooked very quickly. In fact, too much shock can kill them!
So, if you have a hummingbird in your garage and you want to get it out, you’re going to have to do this slowly, quietly and carefully.
Once a hummingbird has arrived in your garage, chances are it will not realize that it can escape through the windows or the door – these guys like to fly up.
Flying up, in your garage, will likely damage the hummingbird, and it will quickly become exhausted by trying to escape and die, so time is of the essence.
Once you have spotted this tiny little nectar drinker, there is one sure fire way that you can get it out – but this method requires time and patience.
- Get everyone out of the garage – too much added stress can make your hummingbird agitated.
- Leave the door open so that you can release your hummingbird as soon as you can.
- Wait until the hummingbird has settled on something, keeping very still and quiet the entire time.
- Take hold of a long rake, and very gently lift it up towards where the hummingbird has settled.
- Give it a minute or two until the hummingbird has settled itself onto the tines of the rake.
- Very slowly, move the rake towards the direction of the open door of the garage.
- Hold the rake up into the open air, and watch the little guy shoot off into freedom!
This is a video that explains the best way to get a hummingbird out of your garden, with a few extra useful tips too:
Saving hummingbirds from your garage may seem like a bit of a pain, but it is so very worth it. You’ve just saved a tiny creature’s life, well done! You should be very proud.