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Hi
its about a month that i got a lovebird as it is my first pet and parrot, i've been reading about birds and parrots in this forum and other websites/forums and now im gonna ask u guys a few questions which i didnt found an answer:

first of all i just want to share u my feelings that how amazing parrots are , i want to buy one more lol

here are my questions :

1- idk exact age of my lovebird , the vet says about 1Year or more... when i got the bird i didnt know the age is important too , i just thought he is going to have a long life so one or 2 years isnt much to worry about. but now as i read the internet and watch the videos i feel like birds should be tamed and trained since their 2 month old? so cant i tame and train my bird ?

2- i've made some progress since i got the pet , first he would run to farthest place in the cage when i walked around the cage but now he doesnt, even sometimes he flies to my shoulder or my laptop , he land on my forearm but never step up or stay on my fingers even if u put him on my finger he moves to somewhere else lol ( i've followed the training videos and articles too ) but here is the second question: my bird sometimes seems to RESTART :| i mean like tonight he is good and lets me touch him a little bit more than often , we sleep tomorrow he flies as fast as he can and runs of me . but why ?

3- he doesnt like my hand plam , he does eat from my hand but still hates it and tries to avoid touches and while he wants to eat from my hand he tries eating from the farthest place he can and does his best not to walk on my hand, what should i do ? i tried feeding him with my hand , allways slow hand movements and...

3- my birds main food ( that is always available in his cage ) is millet seeds and linseeds which the seller gave me, i've seen that ppl use millet sprays as treats . as i know the normal food cant be the tread so what should i do? what do u feed ur pet daily ? i cant use sunflowers as treats because it takes so long for my pet to eat 1 lol

4- when i try to target train him, he makes a little progress but stops where it gets a little bit harde like he doesnt climp for the stick to bite while he is in the cage, just moves on the perch he are at but if i show him my phone he runs everywhere for it. also when he isnt in the cage he doesnt move more tha 10 cm to bite the stick and doesnt matter how long i try :|
any ideas? shal i just keep doing it for longer and longer?

5- he doesnt care about my voice and what i say , like after a month he still doesnt even move head when i call him... or even if i shout or make a noise
( making a noise attracts him for like a second sometimes but not always, often he keeps biting things without looking anywhere )


6- am i the boss or he is ? i've read somewhere that u should make the bird know whos the boss so that he will takes the commands or else he doesnt care what u want and what u do
somewhere else i read that u shouldnt force the bird at all?

7- is dancing something owners teach or parrots dance on their own? how can i make him dance? lol

8- could u tell me about bath / bath times and etc about it?

thanks for ur time and the answers

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Re: First Pet , First Parrot

There are many things that you probably should know, but I will start by saying, do not feel discouraged that your bird isn't super friendly after 1 month.
Birds move so slowly compared to humans...1 week to them is like 1-2 months to us (can't quantify this, but from experience, it seems to be true). I will try to post more tomorrow, but focus on bonding (not pushing)...
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Welcome! Parrots are great and thereís lots to learn, this is a great place to do that . Iíve included some thoughts below, and Iím sure others will chime in!

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Hi
its about a month that i got a lovebird as it is my first pet and parrot, i've been reading about birds and parrots in this forum and other websites/forums and now im gonna ask u guys a few questions which i didnt found an answer:

first of all i just want to share u my feelings that how amazing parrots are , i want to buy one more lol

here are my questions :

1- idk exact age of my lovebird , the vet says about 1Year or more... when i got the bird i didnt know the age is important too , i just thought he is going to have a long life so one or 2 years isnt much to worry about. but now as i read the internet and watch the videos i feel like birds should be tamed and trained since their 2 month old? so cant i tame and train my bird ? You can absolutely bond and train your bird, I got all of mine as adults over 2 years. It may take a little longer, but if youíre patient...youíll get there. This is a good thread to provide some ideas Tips for Bonding and Building Trust

2- i've made some progress since i got the pet , first he would run to farthest place in the cage when i walked around the cage but now he doesnt, even sometimes he flies to my shoulder or my laptop , he land on my forearm but never step up or stay on my fingers even if u put him on my finger he moves to somewhere else lol ( i've followed the training videos and articles too ) but here is the second question: my bird sometimes seems to RESTART :| i mean like tonight he is good and lets me touch him a little bit more than often , we sleep tomorrow he flies as fast as he can and runs of me . but why ?

3- he doesnt like my hand plam , he does eat from my hand but still hates it and tries to avoid touches and while he wants to eat from my hand he tries eating from the farthest place he can and does his best not to walk on my hand, what should i do ? i tried feeding him with my hand , allways slow hand movements and...

3- my birds main food ( that is always available in his cage ) is millet seeds and linseeds which the seller gave me, i've seen that ppl use millet sprays as treats . as i know the normal food cant be the tread so what should i do? what do u feed ur pet daily ? i cant use sunflowers as treats because it takes so long for my pet to eat 1 lol I feed my birds a pellet diet (more balanced than seeds only), chops (fresh veggies/fruit), and use seed as a treat and for training. Lots of great threads on here about diet and ideas for feeding. Iíd limit the sunflower seeds, they are awfully high in fat which isnít good in large quantities.

4- when i try to target train him, he makes a little progress but stops where it gets a little bit harde like he doesnt climp for the stick to bite while he is in the cage, just moves on the perch he are at but if i show him my phone he runs everywhere for it. also when he isnt in the cage he doesnt move more tha 10 cm to bite the stick and doesnt matter how long i try :|
any ideas? shal i just keep doing it for longer and longer?

5- he doesnt care about my voice and what i say , like after a month he still doesnt even move head when i call him... or even if i shout or make a noise
( making a noise attracts him for like a second sometimes but not always, often he keeps biting things without looking anywhere )


6- am i the boss or he is ? i've read somewhere that u should make the bird know whos the boss so that he will takes the commands or else he doesnt care what u want and what u do
somewhere else i read that u shouldnt force the bird at all? Birds tend to respond better to positive reinforcement, and finding things that they really want can motivate them to do what you want. Hopefully you can establish a trusting relationship with your bird, and avoid forcing him to do what you want (which can easily destroy the trust).

7- is dancing something owners teach or parrots dance on their own? how can i make him dance? lol Most of my conures dance and it isnít something that I taught them. My cockatiel could care less about music lol. I guess they like music or they dontít

8- could u tell me about bath / bath times and etc about it? Baths are important for birds - youíll need to figure out what works best for yours. Some like to be spritzed, some like showers, some like to bathe in bowls....I would encourage you to provide different opportunities and try different things to see what they like and what they are afraid of, but donít force it. Once you build a bit of trust, it will be easier to introduce them to new things.

thanks for ur time and the answers
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