Lovebird handling...Help!

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Lovebird handling...Help!

Post by Charlie Ree » Fri, 03 Dec 1993 08:08:13



We purchased a Lovebird 6 weeks ago (claimed to be hand feed, and about 7
months old). Almost every day we attempt to handle him. Well...he still
tries to get away, gets very e***d, and seems to be more interested in
flying & staying away.

Any tips or suggestions on how to get him more acclaimated to handling would
be appreciated!

Charlie

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Lovebird handling...Help!

Post by Emily M. Bre » Sat, 04 Dec 1993 02:54:47


Quote:

>Any tips or suggestions on how to get him more acclaimated to handling would
>be appreciated!

With my lovebirds, I've found that one of the most important things (possibly
*the* most important thing) is to keep the flight feathers trimmed. When
their feathers are trimmed, they're much more affectionate.
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Lovebird handling...Help!

Post by Kathleen E. Bull » Tue, 07 Dec 1993 02:23:04


My lutino peachface is also flighty when he's out of the cage (not
vicious--in fact, he's very sweet).  He's just an active little guy.
When I want him to stay around me, I give him a kitchen towel to
wrap himself up in (while being sure he doesn't get a claw caught in
it).  He'll sit on my chest wrapped in a towel for hours!  And perfectly
happy napping there.  Just be careful not to toss the towel around,
forgetting he's in it.

Katie, from Rose-Bowl-bound University of Wisconsin!
Go Badgers!!
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Katie Buller


 
 
 

Lovebird handling...Help!

Post by Ross Mor » Tue, 07 Dec 1993 05:33:39


: We purchased a Lovebird 6 weeks ago (claimed to be hand feed, and about 7
: months old). Almost every day we attempt to handle him. Well...he still
: tries to get away, gets very e***d, and seems to be more interested in
: flying & staying away.

: Any tips or suggestions on how to get him more acclaimated to handling would
: be appreciated!

I'm posting this for my daughter, Megan:

I have been told by several people that new lovebirds can be hard to tame
and can be nippy sometimes.  I have never had a lovebird before, but have
a***atiel that was kind of like your love bird.

My first intention was to have her as a pet, but she is now paired up.  I
was told that she was hand fed, but you must remember that hand fed does
not mean hand tamed.  She was very difficult.

The first thing I did was to get her flight feathers clipped.  That helped
a lot.  Then I tried to show her that I was not a danger by letting her
come out of her cage on her own and having her observe me holding my other
cocatiel, who she really liked.

After several weeks of this I would press my finger against her legs,
forcing her to get on, while I repeated the word "step."  After a little
while she was tamed and she would gladly come to me.  But as she matured,
she fell in love with another and I let her live with him.  I knew she
would be happier with another bird.

Good luck with taming your lovebird.  I hope my story will help you out.

--Megan Moran