You might see swarms of hummingbirds congregating around a kitchen window or back door in anticipation of new nectar if you have a thriving hummingbird population in your garden. An open door or window may attract an unsuspecting hummingbird.
Now the fun begins – how do you get a hummingbird out of your home without causing it harm? There are a variety of ways to accomplish this that are both stress-free for you and the hummingbird.
The following steps will help you remove a hummingbird from your residence. Keep reading to learn more about these strategies.
HOW TO GET A HUMMINGBIRD OUT OF YOUR HOUSE
1. VISUALLY LOCATE THE HUMMINGBIRD.
Because they are so small, some hummingbirds may be heard before they are seen. If you think one of your birds is trapped in your home, make sure you have visual confirmation. You don’t want to get ready to eliminate a hummingbird just to find out it’s really a hornet! Moths and bees can make similar noises.
To get away, the majority of birds instinctively fly upwards. This might assist them escape a thicket in the wild, but not in a home; a ceiling would prevent them from leaving. Scanning the room’s ceiling will speed up your discovery of the hummingbird more than simply looking at the floor.
2. REMOVE AND TURN OFF ANYTHING THAT COULD THREATEN OR HURT THE BIRD.
Hummingbirds are prey on a variety of predators, including cats and dogs. Hummingbirds may avoid dogs and cats in the wild, but they are stuck in captivity. Remove any pets from the room as soon as you can get a glimpse of the hummingbird.
Exercise caution when children are present, as they may just add to the confusion or may be able to help in relocating the bird. Make sure they are silent and don’t make any more loud noises, because this may upset it further.
Turn off your television and stereo devices. Hummingbirds may get confused as to which way is outside if bright screens and loud noises are present.
Turn off any ceiling fans or other fans in the room, if you have them. It’s self-evident that having spinning blades in a room with a scared hummingbird isn’t a good idea.
3. CLOSE ANY ENTRANCES TO NON-EXTERIOR LOCATIONS.
Close the open closet door in the room where the hummingbird is trapped. Close any connecting rooms or dead-end storage areas by closing cabinets, drawers, and openings.
4. TURN OFF THE LIGHTS AND OPEN THE WINDOWS.
Hummingbirds are drawn to bright sources by instinct. They’re more likely to fly towards that source if they notice a light differential between the indoors and outdoors.
To eliminate ambiguity regarding which light comes from the sun and which comes from an artificial source, turn off the room’s lights. Open as many windows as you can if you’re in a room with windows that open. Throw open the curtains. To help the hummingbird in achieving an simple escape, remove the window screens.
Similarly, make sure the door is open if the room has a porch or garage that opens to the outside.
Create a path for them to leave if they are in an interior space with no windows. Open the windows and allow access to areas that are farther away from the courtyard.
5. REMOVE DISTRACTING OBJECTS.
The color red, as well as other brilliant pinks, yellows, and oranges, attracts many hummingbirds. They are likewise associated with the color of the flowers. When they’re flying around outside hunting for their next meal, this is great, but inside it’s less so. Try to remove as much of the vibrant colors or flowers from the room where the hummingbird is trapped as possible. Pillows, blankets, and other brightly colored accessories are all included in this.
Toys are also important. A stressed hummingbird might be confused by the bright colors of children’s toys.
6. PLACE A HUMMINGBIRD FEEDER OUTSIDE A PRIMARY EXIT.
Outside the most apparent exit route, place a hummingbird feeder with nectar. This will help the hummingbird recognize its surroundings and feel at home. It’s probable that it will gravitate to the food source since it is one of the few things it recognizes in a new environment if it has been drinking from your backyard feeder for any length of time.
7. ENCOURAGE THE HUMMINGBIRD TO LEAVE BY SHOOING IT WITH A BROOM.
During this process, don’t touch the hummingbird! Nudge the air in the direction of the exit with a broom held upside-down. From one to two feet away, you can successfully convey a message.
There is no need to touch the bird with the broom. In reality, it’s possible to damage or kill the bird by swatting it with a broom.
8. CLOSE ALL THE EXITS AS SOON AS THE HUMMINGBIRD LEAVES.
It’s vital to close all of the doors so the imprisoned hummingbird doesn’t return after it has escaped. Birds that are disoriented or confused may return to previous locations. You want to avoid this from becoming a reality.
You may find out how the hummingbird got into your home during this procedure. Doors left ajar, shattered window screens, and big vents are all known to be entry ways for these small flying jewels.
After you’ve secured the exits, assess your home. Is there a broken screen or an open window? As soon as possible, ensure it’s closed or fixed. You may want to move your feeder farther away from your garage, backdoor, or other access point to the home if it is close to any of them.
9. GENTLY PICK UP AN EXHAUSTED HUMMINGBIRD AND PLACE ON A FEEDER OUTSIDE.
A tired hummingbird may rest for a while before resuming its flight. If you’re waiting more than an hour with multiple exits available, the hummingbird is your last resort.
Approach the hummingbird cautiously, without making a sound. Using your hands, gently form a cup around the bird. Do not use your fingers to pinch or grab the hummingbird. Imagine holding a butterfly without crushing its wings to safely do this.