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Re: Lovebird advice please

Posted by Jessica on 7/13/06
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    June Bug,

    Hello! Congrats on the new baby lovebird. :)

    It sounds as though your new baby has not learned how to
    trust you yet. It is afraid that you may hurt it or intend
    to do harm to it. So, your first step is to gain the trust
    of your lovebird.

    First off, I always suggest clipping the wings of a young
    lovebird that you want to tame. If it can easily fly away
    from you whenever it wants to, there is not a good way for
    you to teach your bird that you intend it no harm. It will
    just fly away from you and feel as though it has protected
    itself. If you are not familiar with how to clip a bird's
    wings, you can contact an avian vet or local bird specialty
    store to have them do this for you.

    Trust is something that is gained little by little. It
    doesn't come all at once for an untrusting baby. So, spend
    time sitting in the same room as your bird's cage. Talk
    quietly and reassuringly to the bird, without even touching
    it or trying to get it out. Calm, quiet voices are very
    comforting. You can start this in a chair that is a distance
    from the cage. Find the distance that is closest to the cage
    that the bird is still comfortable and relaxed. Slowly move
    the chair closer and closer to the cage, continuing to talk
    in a quiet, reassuring manner. Only move the chair closer
    when the bird is calm (not flapping around or breathing
    heavily). This process may take you several days to get
    close to the cage, depending on how unsure the bird is.
    Patience is the key.

    Once you are right up to the cage, place your hands slowly on
    the table or stand of the cage, without moving towards it.
    Hands are scary to untrusting birds, because they know that's
    how we grab them. Keep talking nicely to the bird througout
    the process. Always move slowly and deliberately around the
    cage (even when changing food and water), so that the bird
    feels like it can keep good track of where your hands are.

    When you take your bird out of the cage, take him into a
    small, uncluttered room where the two of you can work
    together in quietness without distraction. You can cup the
    bird in your hands in a towel at first (since it already
    seems comfortable like this), and continue to talk quietly
    and reassuringly to him. Slowly try to get the bird to perch
    on your finger. Make all of your movements slow and
    deliberate so that they are not threatening. The bird will
    probably jump off of your hand many times in these training
    sessions, but that's okay. Again, trust is something you
    have to build. Slowly go and retrieve your lovebird. Never
    run after him or make quick motions. This is another reason
    why a small, uncluttered room is best for this.

    Work regularly with your bird in this manner. It doesn't
    have to be for long periods of time. Ten to fifteen minutes
    several times a day will do. Expect that this will take a
    good month or more. Reward your bird for good behavior.
    Always talk calmly and reassuringly. And always try to end
    training sessions on a good note.

    Good luck!

    On 7/12/06, June Bug wrote:
    > I have recently gotten a hybrid Love bird. He is just a
    > baby because he does not know how to bite very hard. I
    > take him out of the cage but he likes to fly away. He
    > seems okay for a little while if he is wrapped loosely in a
    > towel or cupped in my hand.
    > I have two Lovebirds that just seem to hate me. I want
    > this baby to bond to me does anyone have any helpful
    > suggestions?