New Lovebird Owner and ?'s


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Jul 14, 2006
I bought a Lovebird a few months ago and have been having some problems.
No matter how much I try and play with him, he's always afraid of me. I usually only take him out of the cage for 30 minutes at a time. He's a happy bird, he eats, bathes, sings to the TV and computer. He's got plenty of toys and isn't pluck'n feathers.
He retreats to the back of the cage when I try to remove him from it. So recently I've just been letting the door open and when decides to explore then I play with him
When I do pick him up he sits on my finger, but doesn't like to be cuddled or pet. He seems afraid of my hand. He sits there it seems because he has no other choice. Good thing is he flies away to poop.
His flight feathers are starting to grow in now, and I'm afraid to clip them again. I don't want to force him to like me, but I thought lovebirds were all about thier owners? I got him because I don't have 24/7 time to spend with him, but when I am home I'd like to play. I've had Parakeets that were far more receptive.
Am I doing something wrong? I got him from Pet Co, so I don't know his past.

Hi and welcome, buying from a large pet store, birds never seem to get enough human attention, your gonna have to be really patient with him and its gonna take time, but saying that he will sit on your hand, does he choose to do this or are you asking him to step up? Think you are doing the right thing by not forcing him to come out, When he is on your hand and before you give scritches maybe let him see the hand he may be more receptive to it. If not then take it slowly he will get used to it. As he is standing on your hand I don't think he is scared of it, more likely nervous of what that other hand is likely to do. I've got two parakeets here that were really badly treated and they were petrified of the human, especially the hands, when I put them near them I would get a real good bite, now they will come out of the cage, but only when they want to and not before, they will sit on the hand and let me give scritches, they do need to see the hand first, otherwise its a good bite again. :(

Do you have any pictures that you can share with us of your little lovebird, we do love pics. :D
I got two parakeets(separate) from petco and had to return one becaue it was such a problem. They arent handled and are practically wild, thats why their so mean. I have a parakeet from petco and i have had her for 3 years and is still very nervous.
Hello and welcome. Just have patience with him and take your time. Maybe you could try to offer treats to entice him to be more confident and comfortable around you. I would try grey striped sunflower seed it seems to favoured by most seed eating parrots. Is he handreared or just handtamed?
Let us know how ya go, good luck.:) :)

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