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Posted by Grace on 3/24/07

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    I recently bought a blue mask lovebird from a small
    petshop with lots of happy birds and knowledgeable
    employees about three weeks ago. I took one male home and
    they told me he was about 3 months old, so almost four
    months old now. He had been on pellets for two weeks at
    least when I bought him and he is supposed to be hand
    raised.

    The issue is, he is obviously very healthy and he eats
    constantly (which I am very happy about!) but whenever I
    approach the cage, he becomes almost terrified (his
    feathers get sleeker and his eyes get rounder) and he just
    tries to get far away from me. When I'm around and not
    really paying attention to him, he chatters and fluffs up
    and looks really content. The strange thing is, however,
    that I handled him before I bought him, and he seemed more
    tame then than he does now! I think he is stronger now
    because he eats more, and whenever I gently handle and pet
    his head, he just squirms to get away and his first
    reaction is to fly, which wasn't necessarily the case
    before. He never bites me, even though he opens his mouth
    as if he wants to bite me sometimes. He just wants to get
    away from me the moment I handle him. Also, before, he was
    easier to get out of the cage, and now he runs around and
    squawks and really puts up a fight! As if I want to eat
    him. o_O? So I'm a bit confused about this "change" in his
    behavior and am wondering now if he was even handraised? I
    went out of my way to purchase a handraised bird and he
    acts like a parent raised one. =(

    So...I'm not sure if it is just a different personality,
    but I once had a lovebird that was also handraised and I
    bought him when he was about four or five months old, and
    he always approached the cage when I would walk by and he
    allowed me to handle him within days of purchasing him.

    Does anyone know what the problem might be? I know that
    lovebirds sometimes take a lot of time to bond, but the
    employees told me that he should get used to be quite
    quickly since he was a handfed bird.

    I would appreciate any input or suggestions.



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  • Help With Blue Mask Lovebird, 3/24/07, by Grace.
  • Re: Help With Blue Mask Lovebird, 3/24/07, by Eleanor.