Bird Rescue Methods
Remember, Safety First for you!
Useful items for rescuing birds
1. It is useful to have a landing net similar to those which fishermen use in boats. Available from most department stores in the fishing section or the hardware/fishing shops.
2. A length of netting, which is used on fruit trees to prevent the birds from eating the fruit, is ideal for catching ducks & ducklings. The netting has a 4 metre drop and should be about 6 metres in length.
3. If you don’t have a net, then an old towel, bed sheet, blanket can be used effectively. If you have nothing at all, you may have to consider using your clothing in an emergency.
4. Sometimes, the bird can be captured by placing a cardboard box strategically against a wall and then herd the bird into the box. Another way for capture is to build a “tent” with netting and then shoo the bird into the structure.
5. If the caller will not catch the bird and bring it to you, ask them to cover the bird if still out in the garden with a washing basket or cardboard box to protect it from cats, dogs and the weather until you can get there.
6. Have some gloves, safety glasses and a towel to protect you.
7. Have an escape-proof box or container to contain the bird once caught.
How to catch mother Duck and her ducklings
Firstly you will have to go to the local hardware store and buy yourself about 6 metres of black nylon bird protection netting which is used to keep birds off ripening fruit. This netting should cost less than $2 per metre. You will also need 2 boxes or carrycages and possibly a small holding cage.
Usually mother duck will keep very close to her babies and not fly off.
The aim is to catch mother duck first and then catch the little ducklings. Each situation calls for different techniques.
Note: Always release the babies first and then the mother duck. Mother duck will always go after the little ducklings and lead them away. If you let mother duck go first, she will just fly away and you will be left with the babies
It is very difficult to catch the mother because she can fly so well and is always on guard. There are two ways that you can go about catching mum duck.
1. Catch all the little ducks and place them in a little holding cage. This may need the use of a butterfly net as the little guys can run around pretty fast. Set up the net with the cage of noisy little ducklings in the middle of the stretched out net and slowly shoo the duck into the net. When she is the right position pull the net down over her and quickly grab her. Always put mother duck in a separate carton or carry cage and the little babies into another so that she doesn't trample them during transit to a release site. Always release the babies first and then the mother duck. Mother duck will always go after the little ducklings and lead them away. If you let mother duck out first she will just fly away and you will be stuck with the babies.
2. Leave mother duck with all her babies and slowly walk her so that she backs up to a fence or a wall and then stretch the net out and cover it over her. You can also make a "cave" out of the net and walk her into it. You will have to make sure that she doesn't slip under the net and make a get away. To prevent this happening you need to drag the net so that when she meets the net, she actually is walking into the pocket where it is sagging.