: 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.