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Re: Lovebird pet aggression

Posted by Jane on 7/27/06
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    I work in group homes, and I am often gone for a whole day
    or weekend at a time. At first, I would keep my lovebird in
    her cage when I was gone, but she started
    getting "traumatized". So, since she is not destructive
    (except for paper) I just started letting her stay out and
    have the run of the room when I was gone. (It is bird-
    proofed) She is much happier, and gets a little social
    interaction with my canary, and the outside birds who hang
    by the window, so when I do get home, she's not quite so
    needy.

    Maybe that's not really an answer, but lovebirds do like to
    be with their people- why not just let him sit on your
    shoulder? My Loki has learned how to hang on me, and still
    let me do what I need to do.

    Jane

    On 7/12/06, Aly wrote:
    > He and again only guessing cause he acts/looks like a boy
    > . Anyway, he just turned
    9.5
    > wks and he doesn't really nip at all. I have been playing
    > and massaging his cheeks which he loves. He'll turn his
    > head to get places he wants rubbed like his check or the
    > back of his neck. I put him on his back in my hand and
    rub
    > his tummy and he seems to enjoy it. He allows you to open
    > his wings (practice for when they need cutting again). He
    > really is doing very well thus far. I could not be
    > happier, he enjoys showers and he was actually upset this
    > morning b/c he didn't get one this morning (he needs to
    > learn not ALL the time he will get s shower, just in case
    I
    > don't have time one day or something else, I don't want to
    > make anything a routine that would upset him if I miss a
    > day, better doing it all now so he won't be upset later.
    > My only other issue is he is like glue to me. I bring his
    > cage out into the living room when we get home from work
    > which is anywhere from 3ish to 6 at the latest (and he is
    > very patient during the day to wait (his cage is very
    > entertaining). Anyway, he is clipped and done so properly
    > by his breeder. BUT, he still can fly quite a distance
    > before losing any height. I mean he'll fly 6-8 ft from his
    > cage to me on the couch. And he isn't content to just
    stay
    > on the cage or playtop, he wants to be with me. How can I
    > break this habit? I continue to put him on the playtop
    and
    > show him food and toys but 5-10min. and he chirks, dances
    > and comes flying back to me. After 3-4 put backs I put
    him
    > into his cage where he waits happily without noise or
    > fuss. But if the door is opened later he's like glue
    > again. So I continue to do this and over and over we go.
    > Am I doing this right? Should I just be as stubborn and
    > continue? I don't mind doing this I just want to be sure
    I
    > am doing it right. I am going to go get a small time out
    > cage this weekend for him so I can replace the cage for
    > his "time-out". What are your opinions to keep him on his
    > cage for a bit while I work etc.
    > THANKS for all the help, again, I really appreciate it.