My new lovebird does nothing and doesn't like me :(
Posted 21 February 2012 - 10:23 AM
He lives in a large cage, i have given him a swing and a few toys, bowl of water lots of perches and his seed bowl.
My problem is that he will not eat anything but seed! I started him off with these crumble things the pet store gave me but he will not touch them.
I have tried grated carrot, lettuce, snow peas, grapes, mango, apples, broccoli and he will not even try anything, even if i stand there and watch him from a distance he seems very picky and still won't try them, as i have also tried hand feeding him. Is this something normal for love birds? I thought most birds loved fresh fruit and vegetables?!
He also won't take a bath by himself and hates coming out of his cage more so now than he did in the beginning, he used to be a lot more calm but no he's crazy. He will scream and fly around until you have to grab him out, which i hate doing. Then when he is out of his cage, all he does is sit there, he doesn't play or anything, i thought they were supposed to be curious birds?
Any advice you could give me at all would be much appreciated )
Posted 21 February 2012 - 03:09 PM
So basically now you've got to help him crawl out of his shell. First things first though, I didn't see you mention holding and snuggling him at all. You say he was hand reared, but isn't he tame? It sounds very much as though you've kept him at a distance when you should have been bonding with him. What I recommend folks do when they get home with one of my babies is to lay or slouch on the couch, put their new baby and some millet spray on their belly, and cover them and their head as well with a cover of some sort. Babies are a bit scared when they get home (understandable)....what they need is to feel safe and to start trusting their new peep immediately and this does it, it's a safe and calm way to begin interacting with your baby without all the new stimulus of their new home getting in the way. It doesn't sound like your baby feels safe or that he trusts you =( So do this with yours now, even though it's been awhile since he's been there. And if it doesn't help much at first, do it often. He needs this not just to feel safe, but he needs to bond with you. He needs contact and lots of it.
Once he's more comfortable, Snuggle with him and let him ride around on your chest or shoulder. That's how you'll get him to come out of his shell....by exposing him to your everyday life, as he gets more comfortable he'll naturally get more more curious. but right now he's pretty much scared because it's all so new to him. And...CLIP HIS WINGS. This is going to get some comments from others but I don't care. Doesn't have to be a serious clip, just a mild clipping until he's bonded with you, which he clearly hasn't.....he needs contact with you to bond with you, and having clipped wings will aid in that in a huge way, plus it'll avoid the stress of to being able to get him when he flies off. Once he trusts you and bonds with you, that won't be an issue.
On eating....Sprouts.....Lovebirds don't seem to be able to deny themselves wheatberry sprouts and once they're eating wheatberry sprouts, they'll naturally want to start eating other nutritious foods a well. Sprouting instructions-
After he's eating sprouts, try chopping up organic baby spring greens from the salad section, very good for lovebirds and they love it.
Hope this helps.
I'd like to note that the advice given is for a hand raised baby that already trusts people, not an untame baby that does not...entirely different situations and I don't want anyone reading this to confuse the two =)
Posted 21 February 2012 - 06:32 PM
I think you need to spend a lot of quiet time sitting near his cage reading to him, talking to him and giving him treats. Give him special treats in a cup only when you are sitting next to the cage. Do this every day at the same time every day. After a few sessions (could be a week, could be two weeks) and after he is obviously comfortable with you, start giving him those treats with your hand BUT through the bars of his cage. Millet, sunflowers or fruit. Whatever he likes best. Only give these to him when you're there. Do this every day at the same time every day for a week or so.
Then when he shows no fear of approaching you while you are outside his cage, place your open palm inside the cage with that treat in your palm. Stay very still. Say nice things to him. Do this every day at the same time every day for a week or so.
Once he reliably comes to your open palm for treats inside the cage, take him outside of the cage one day. Let him sit on your plam, and then slowly pull your palm out. Do this in a safe room. Let him spend some time outside. See how he feels. Maybe he only feels comfortable outside of his cage for 15 minutes at first. That's OK. Move slowly and let him set his pace.
I think progress with scared birds such as yours needs to be measured in tiny steps. Don't expect so much right off of the bat. Take things super slow. Don't worry; he will come around. I know everyone has his/her own method, but this has worked for me every time I've tamed an untamed bird (budgies, my new canary) or built a friendship with an old, angry bird (my 21-year-old adopted Meyer's).
Good luck! Please be patient and you will be rewarded.
Posted 21 February 2012 - 06:33 PM
Positive interactions! Make each interaction with him an enjoyable one for him! Don't scare him.
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