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Old 10-28-2018, 10:09 PM
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Tips on taming lovebird?

Hi, I'm new to the forums and recently I got a 3 month old lovebird. So far day 1 I got his wings clipped and he's fine standing on my shoulders and when I sit down with my arm touching my body he snuggles in between them to warm himself so I feel like I'm on the right track for taming him good. I tried hand feeding him a small banana and orange piece but he refused to take a nibble at it. Any advice for a new bird owner?
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Re: Tips on taming lovebird?

I'm not too experienced but what I usually do when I want my lovie to try a new food is to leave it in his food dish while he's in the cage, and lower the amount of seeds/pellets I give him. He has enough to not starve but still be hungry enough to try the new food. So far I've found out that he likes carrots and broccoli but not apples or blueberries this way!
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Re: Tips on taming lovebird?

I agree with MrNubby. I got my handraised lovebird Tootsie when she was only 2 months old in April, and it sounds like you're on the right track. What I did in the very beginning was take her to a quiet, small, bird-proof room (like the bathroom) to have some bonding time.

Did you teach your lovie to step up yet? A good way to do so is feeding some millet and putting your finger in front of your bird's feet so he won't nibble you as much. As he does that you can verbally say "Step up," and with enough practice he'll begin doing it on command. That's great if he can already do that!

You probably got some papers with your bird that warned you about cooking with Teflon and how sensitive bird respiratory systems are, but make sure you're care about what your bird is breathing in. Also know which foods you can and can't feed your bird; there's a bunch of helpful threads here that show you everything you need to know. That's even more great if you're aware of all this too

Lovebirds also tend to be noisy, and it's good to buy a cage cover so they'll know it's time to sleep during the night. Since you only have one (like me) he might get a little clingy towards you and squawk when you're away.

Congrats on the new lovebird and best of luck!
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Re: Tips on taming lovebird?

Welcome to the forum! What's your new babies name? Try nibbling on something you want him to try while he is on your shoulder, my non love birds love to steal!
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