On 12/08/06, Miss T wrote:
> Hi All,
> I was given a one year old black capped lovebird about 3
> months ago. I think it's a boy. He is kind of scared of
> people near his cage and definately won't let anyone put
> their hands near him. I don't know if he was abused or
> not...maybe he needs an older bird to show him people are
> ok? I want him to trust us and really I'd like to let him
> out of the cage for excesize...just not sure how to get
> him back in after without stressing him or getting bit.
> Should I just leave him in it? How can I get him to be
> less scared? Does anyone have any advice?
I assume they just didn't handle him that much. It's better to
handle a bird that's a baby so that it gets use to you. Start
off by clipping it's wings and every day take him out of his
cage. Grabe him from the back and hold him close using your
one hand to hold him from under and the other from over him.
He can't get roudy if he has no space to move. Also..if he
seems to freak out while holding him cover him with your hand
and make it dark so that it will calm down. you can also pet
him with your finger..as time goes buy..He'll learn to just
sit on your hand while you pet him. He will also learn that
your hands are not there to hurt him.