Taming a Wild Rainbow Lorikeettaming wild rainbow lorikeet
Posted 15 June 2012 - 09:30 AM
His wings are clipped and I was told he was not hand reared but that it shouldn't be too difficult to tame him and I thought he can't be wilder than the wild lorikeets that accept treat from people.
He's on a dry diet which he seems to like a lot. He doesn't show any interest in apples despite the pet store's claim but I got him some grevilleas and he seems to enjoy them as well and nibbles on the blossoms.
Problem is that every time I go closer than a meter to the cage he just flips out and screams. I tried staying put until he calms down and then back off so he won't think screaming helps but there hasn't been any improvement over the past week. I'm not sure how I can ever manage to train him if I can't even get close to the cage let alone hand feed him.
During the day he seems quite happy and content being his playful self when I'm just working at my desk across the room (I work from home). Sometimes though wild lorikeets fly by and he goes crazy which breaks my heart and I know if he had wings I would have let him go even though I really want him to like me and be my companion.
I had a couple of thoughts and want to share them and see if there is any merit to these methods and if you know any other ways to approach this.
- First I thought I just towel and hold him once or twice a day until he calms down and then reward him. But I'm scared he might be too traumatized.
- Alternatively I thought I try and starve him for a day or two and see if he'll let me close enough to accept food from hand. But it feels a bit cruel and I'd rather not do it unless there's no other way.
Would appreciate some help.
Posted 15 June 2012 - 01:17 PM
Posted 04 July 2012 - 06:34 AM
Lorikeets are very social birds they like company, they are also curious about their surroundings so lots of time spent with him is essential as you are his family now.
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