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How to tame a Parakeet, Lovebird, or a large Parrot

Updated on February 3, 2009

You are FINALLY getting a pet bird!

You're getting a bird! You are going to have a little cutie running up and down your shoulders and chasing a napkin when you wipe the table! Exciting stuff coming up! But... *drumroll*... you might have to tame a bird by yourself. That means, at first that little cutie is going to be running up and down the cage whenever there's any noise or movement. So, how do you get your bird to go from "scared of you to death" all the way to "love you to death"? :) I will gladly share with you how I did it. As you read through my experiences and tips, be sure to check out the extras that I've added to this page. I took the time to go through them, and they are very informative, useful, and plain cute (latter one is about videos). Enjoy my lens!

Rule #1

Make the bird feel secure

As soon as you bring the bird home, take a towel and cover all 4 sides of the cage and the roof. Let the bird calm down. The next day, open one side, but keep the other ones covered. Two days later, open two sides, but make sure that the other two sides AND the roof are covered. This allows your bird the opportunity to feel secure inside and at the same time visually explore a limited area outside of the cage. Keep opening a side every 2-3 days until you can have the towel off without having the bird freak out. It will require a lot of patience from you as a pet owner, but it is definitely worth it.

At first, keep the bird in a room where there will only be as few people as possible. Preferably, your room. Many advices I've heard say the opposite: keep the bird in the family room. This is a really good advice, but it's only beneficial after the bird gets used to the family. The first week or two, it is best if the bird gets to be around not many people so that it stops being afraid of people in general.

Spend time near the bird: eat near the cage, do your homework near the cage, if possible even let the bird stand near your bed while you sleep. The last advice might seem silly, but the bird will stop thinking that you're a predator.

The FIRST SIGN THAT A BIRD IS FEELING SOMEWHAT AT HOME is that it will stretch. My budgie usually stretches one foot and one wing at the same time, and sometimes she yawns during the process :) If you've never seen it before, don't worry, when a bird stretches you cannot mistake it for anything else. And it might make you giggle. :P

I'd suggest you check it out... - there's quite a bunch of useful stuff in the books

Talking bird ALWAYS grabs attention. Want to show it off next time during the family-get-together party? Definitely give it a try!

Also, a suggested guide to help you care for a lovebird is included.

AND a book on actually understanding your bird, how it thinks, and more!

Rule #2 (the hardest one)

Be patient.

The bird liked the cage. Now, how to get it to like YOU?

Try to be the only one that will put hands in the cage until the bird is tame. Keep the bird in the room where you spend most of the time, but try to make that room free from other people as much as possible.

Put one of your hands in the cage for about 3-5 minutes at a time (not counting the water/food changes); do this about once every hour, if you can. Don't move the hand once it's in the cage, just slowly slide it in and few minutes later slowly slide it out. Do NOT approach the bird (which will more likely be slightly panting in the corner), keep your hand near the cage entrance. Keep talking to the bird while you're doing it. Don't speak in a very high-pitched voice, as many birds don't like it, and it is hard to maintain it soft. You can play some music in the background, but make sure it's actually "in the background" and not "the dominant noise in the room." Don't go to the next step until you've been doing this for at least 4 days.

Larger Parrots

Larger Parrots
Larger Parrots

American Idol (or not lol)

Hilarious! It's as if the parakeet is singing into the microphone (pencil) and even doing a little dance!

Rule #3

Repeat, repeat, and then... repeat again

Seems like the bird is not afraid of your hand in the cage. When will you finally get to touch it?

The following is just from my experience; I have never seen or heard this anywhere. Here is what I did. I took out the bird's feeder for 3-4 hours. After that specific time had passed, I took a couple of seeds and tried to balance them at the tip of my index finger. Not stuck under the nail; you turn your palm upwards and put the seeds on the finger pad. Then I stuck it into the cage, just a little bit. Then more. Then more. Then the bird started freaking out and I took it out. In 5 minutes I tried it again. It took my parakeet a little longer to start running around the cage; again, I took my index finger out. Do this maximum 3 times and then put the feeder back. I had been doing that for 3 days, each time getting closer and closer to the bird. Then one day, she bent down, grabbed one seed, and ran to the other corner. :) Mission accomplished! By day 5 of trying to hand-feed my bird, I could dump a pile of seeds on my palm, stick my hand in, and the parakeet would SIT on my thumb and eat from my hand like that's what she was born for!

As soon as my parakeet allowed me to feed her from my hand, our bond got stronger every hour. Soon after she learned how to step up, let me pet her, and now she moves to the cage entrance to jump on my hand as soon as I start opening the cage door. In return, I give her treats, baths, and I hung plenty of toys in her cage.

Any bird can become tame. The key is to build up trust. The reward? A longtime bond with a bird that is unique and just adorable!

If you have any questions, leave me comments and I will answer ASAP.

Tips

Making the bond between you and your bird more effective

Do feed your bird some treats once in a while. Parakeets especially love millet spray.

Do feed your bird fruits and vegetables in addition to the seeds you will buy at the store. Every kind of bird has its own list of foods you should not feed them under any circumstances, so be sure that what you are about to give your bird is not harmful to this breed.

Clean the cage as often as you can.

If it is a lovebird or a parakeet, and it is alone in the cage, you should find daily time to socialize with your bird. These are flock birds, they thrive on being a part of a group and may get sick if they feel excluded and lonely. In the worst case, at least hang some mirrors in the bird's cage.

About wing clipping: this is relatively easy to do, but if you've never done it before, get a professional to do it. If you bought your bird from a breeder, more likely he or she knows how to clip their wings and could teach you. It is not hard, but should be supervised by someone who knows and who could correct you before you seriously mess up. The reason for this is that you can cut the wings a bit shorter than you should have, and you can actually damage their veins, causing your bird to bleed. If your bird ever bleeds, go to the vet ASAP. Birds, especially small ones, have only so much blood to sustain them and even one drop could cost longtime illness or even death. This is serious, so be a responsible owner and make sure that the bird gets the appropriate service when it comes to wing clipping.

Sneezing lovebird! - you have to see this for yourself!!!

Well... a cute lovebird learned to fake human sneezes so well that it's bound to impress you!

Masked Lovebirds

Masked Lovebirds
Masked Lovebirds

Indian Ringnecks talking - well.. watch for yourself, it's one of my favorites

Bird Poll!!!

What pet bird do you own?

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Questions? comments? suggestions? wishes? Plain "hello"? I would love to hear from you!

I'd LOVE to know who visits me! - don't be shy and let me know who you are and what you think

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      moses 16 months ago

      Plz help I have a fischer lover bird nd I clipped h/her wings put each time I pick her up she bites mi til I put her dwn wat du I do

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi how are you my name is wilmer thanks for your help I'm trying to gaing two lovebirds trust, and your page help me. Thank you I just want to pet my birds so I am going to follow what you wrote.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi there! My name is Katie, and I have a parakeet that I've had for about a month now. I didn't find your site until just recently.

      I've trained her to step up, and she eats from my hand, but ONLY in the cage! If I try to take her out, she flies away and to the top shelf of my bookshelf. She was out once for four hours before I was able to coax her back into her cage with a treat.

      I'm just wondering how long it will take before she trusts me.

      I devote time to her almost daily, but it doesn't seem to help. Her cage is on my desk which is next to my bed. I sit by her and do homework, or surf the Internet.

      She still seems pretty afraid of me though, and it's disappointing :(

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      hey- got my 1st pair of lovebirds a couple of days ago, have already removed the towel from cage as only did it 2/3rds covered in 1st place as per another site but your info looks the best! I had already been calmly & regularly putting hand in & still often as felt it would get them immune to my hand so Im glad I didn't move on from that step yet! they're already stretching etc and curiosity is getting them to come to my side of cage etc.. so will carry on for few more days then eventually try the food removal and food on hand technique- Ive noticed which are their fave seeds already :) and they love a bath :D they're roughly 8months old and as I said I bought them off last owner 2days ago he said he'd neverrrr let them out of cage :( so I feel I will have issues getting them out.. will let you know ;) x

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi i just got a bonded pair of Parrotlets, and they hate me. That's OK. I am going

      to work with them and love them up until they feel at home. wish me luck.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi can you tell me how to tame indian ringnecks quickly which are under 1 year old and tell me how to train it to talk quickly thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hi i have a pair of lovebirds and finches. Can u tell me how i can tame my finches?

      Thanks

      Zubin

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      i am in india, and i want to tame my lovebirds how can i do it and my name is ijazkhan please tell me how can i do it??

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      if i try to tame my lovebirds it is scared of me every time!!!!!!! please tell how 2 do this process and tell me what shall i do??/

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      My name is Jessica Ruiz from Florida I have to give this miraculous testimony, which is so unbelievable until now. I had a problem with my Ex husband 2years ago, which lead to our break up. when he broke up with me, I was not my self again, i felt so empty inside me, my love and financial situation became worst, until a close friend of mine Lucy told me about a spell caster who helped her in the same problem too his name is Dr Shiva. I email Dr Shiva the spell caster and i told him my problem and i did what he asked of me, to cut the long story short. Before i knew what was happening my husband gave me a call and told me that he was coming back to me in just 2days and was so happy to have him back to me. We have two kids together and we are happy with ourselves. Thanks to Dr Shiva for saving my relationship and for also saving others own too. continue your good work, If you are interested to contact him and testify this blessings like me, the great spell caster email address is hinduspelltemple@yahoo.com you are the best among all the spell caster online I hope you see my testimonies and also pray for my family too.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I hav love birds cockateil and finches outside in my yard . I had two pairs of lovebirds but one of the love bird died so i bought its pair in my room . It feels comfortable now cuz its been 7 weeks.but i still can't figure out how to tame her to like me cuz he had a pair who died so he was pretty scared of me and i sing a lot in my room and he(poma)makes all sorts of noises and i think he is trying to imitae me . But i still don't know how to get him on my hand and i don't take him out of his cage because his wings r not clipped yet and my dad knows how but poma is not ready to jump onto my hands. I tried wearing gloves and catching frm behind today as i read one of ur articles and ill do it again latr tomorrow . Thx ur articles hav been of gr8 help -sidra frm qatar, doha

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just got a new parakeet and she freaks out when shes on her top perch and I go over to see her she moves to the other side

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just bought a baby lovebird and he's so scared of me. He bit me really hard the other day and I hate the fact I spent so much on him and I can't do anything with him. I'm going to give ur advice a shot. I hope it works!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the advice! I have a sweetheart of a lovebird, he won't bite at all if I hold him but he's afraid of my hand, thus the only time I get to hold him is when I have to grab him (which I do gently), I will use your advice, love the little guy! Thanks!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Can this work with 4 lovebirds??? And my parents aren't comfortable have the birds in the house because they make such a mess with their food

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These are great tips! I tried and it went great! except the 'step-up' part, it only stepped up with one leg.What should I do? I have 2 lovebirds but I only trained one so far. I had them for like a month and 2 weeks, and doing great!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Thanks for the great tips! I just bought 2 pairs of Fischer's lovebirds yesterday, and they are so scared of me and my hands that every time I do something to the cage, like change water, clean it, etc; they freak out, flying here and there as if I am going to kill them but they didn't attack me. I keep my calm, whistles, sing and talk to them while I am in the same room.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love birds. I used to have parakeets. We call used to call them budgies. I can not spell the full word my uncle Derrick used to breed them. Awesome Lens

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      MaryThereseBenn 5 years ago

      I have a bllue keet that I named Mozart. I tried to tame him, but he wanted nothing to do with me, or anyone else in the family for that matter. He actually climmbed on my sons hand to bite him! However, he loves to watch the family from his cage, and greets everyone with tweets. He's made his prefrences quite clear, no touching!!!! As long as we respect his rules, we're all happy. He's fun to watch with his toys, and Iove to listen to his chirps and "singing." We're all different with how we want to be treated, even parakeets!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi! Happy I have found this site :)

      I used to have an adorable Parakeet first, I don't even know how we made great buddies and he was so cuddly, begging for strokes etc. Unfortunately he passed away recently. But he gave me a good lesson in how adorable and loyal birds are.

      Now, for two years, since I live away from family, I've had a peach-faced lovebird. She was not hand fed as a baby, but I managed to ''tame'' her pretty fast after purchase, eating from hand and most importantly teaching her not to bite ! However, after two years she is still really skittish when I try to take her out of the cage, she does not seem to like stroking on her head (unless inside of the ''safe haven'' of her cage'') and generally she is very nervous about new things and places. Not people though, surprisingly, shell sit on anybody's hand really... However I taught her, on a command haha, to accept stroking on her beak - even enjoys that, also occasionally shell let me stroke her cheek which is cool, but overall she still seems to keep her ''distance'' . I socialize with her daily and treat her as well ofc, especially when training basic commands, but she still seems to prefer certain solitude and as much as she is patient with me and stays sitting on my shoulder for a while, she prefers not to come to me on her own. Wondering what I am doing wrong? Not sure if she is still afraid of me in ways, or if she is just the type of character that is very,.. lets say ''private'' ? Any advice would be highly appreciated! cheerio

      Andy

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      SarahBelleHorn 5 years ago

      Very informative. My parakeet and I arent wery close, because i used to be away a lot. Now that i'm home most of the time i'm trying to work with him. I hope we will become good friends

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi thanks for the advise on parakeets, one can to visit me in my back yard, it kept coming back so i caged it because there are so many cats around and it seemed to be tamed. I think it's a girl but she seems to be lonely at times are mad at me I took out the feeder so i can try to make it eat out of my hand as it use to when she was free...thinking of letting her go free have any advice? would be greatly appreciated.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      it's a nice teaching method, i will try it on my budgies, lovebird n cockatiel. thanx..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      very helpful thx

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, I just bought a 1 year old lovebird. The owners had no time for her, and they wanted to find a home where she would have attention. Unfortunately, during the time they had her, she's become a biter. She willingly hops on my arm, but she pecks a lot (and hard.) I'm not sure how to deal with this, or whether this can even be stopped. Any advice?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I just picked up my baby lovebird yesterday! Paulie is 10 weeks old. I guess we're pretty lucky because he'll jump right on my finger and loves to cuddle. I'm wondering what is the best fruit and veggie to start offering my baby.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hey , I did start The same way as you , Started feeding them off my hand , At first they were pretty shy , But then eventually , They got so comfortable that now all my budgies ( 8 of them) actually hang on the gate of the cage when i'm near so that I open the gate N I feed Them :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hi i'm new to taking care of birds and i just got two african lovebirds for my christmas present,and my problem is my other lovebird Mario is the outgoing type and my other lovebird marita is the shy type,pls give me tips on how to tame them it's very hard,and i'm also gonna buy a parakeet so i need to tame him/her also

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have two parekkets one will sit o my finger and one will not HELP!!!???

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have two pareketts im trying to tame at the same time one will sit on my finger but the other yonger one will not???? HELP!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I bought an 8-month old Peach-faced Lovebird. Ive had him for about 3 weeks and ive triend to be patient and tame him but im not a very patient person. I don't have a lot of time to spend with him since im a student. Hes used to his cage but hes deathly afraid of my hand. Sometimes i take him out and just hold him to try to calm him down but he hates it. Ill try this method and hopefully he'll warm up to me soon. Hes a very playful lil boy

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my budgies are scared of me ,but i saw ur tip i am going to give it a try ..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      your tips are very helpful but i have one question....

      what do i do when i am not at home?

      do i keep them at my room alone?at the balcony?

      and is there a possibility my bird really freaks out if i don't feed it like you said?

      Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My bird is a freak so I keep down in the basement. It is very loud and does not have a very pretty voice. i am at school for most of the day so i can't really spend time with her. whenever i try to go near her she freaks out and it looks like she is losing her feathers.WHAT SHOULD I DO!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      hi i am salma i had bought two indian ringnecks in the month of may but one of them is still not tame and is very very very scared of me and when i tried your method the other one is sitting on my shoulder and finger the problem is that when i had bought them they were not scared of me but after that ........... one day i kept them in the drawing room because it was there time to sleep there was lot of movement in my room.... and i wonder how they opened the cage door and came out ......... my dog was sleeping there and that time he just plucked away the tail feather of the one who is scared of me now.... and after soooooooooo many months i have bought a nice cage for them my dog blacky is settled with them but still she is not tame............. and whenever i approach her slowly she starts flapping her wings...... and does not even sit on a stick

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My cousin, Just gave me a Lovebird... In your procedures you said "That you pick one person that it warms up to or to do all the things like feeding it by hand & keeping it in a room with less people" I am worried that if I am at school half of the time it wont warm up to me. What should I do??

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      Monika Weise 6 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      Great lens!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Good advise, thank you.

      I am having really trouble getting my lovebirds to get near me. But it is gettin better. They don't freak as much out, when I walk past anymore, but they look like getting ready to jump on to the cage, if I turn around to them.But I try to have my hand in the cage everyday, and it is getting better.

      This is my first time owning a bird, so I don't really know how much food to give them. I try giving them fresh fruit, but they won't eat it. Only the once you can buy, that is dried. And I have the water and bird food full everyday. Is that a healty diet or? :)

      I have bought some toys to them, but they don't play with it. Not while I see. What do you recommend?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      hi i just bought a parakeet a week ago and i have been following your rules and so far so good but im curious why whe runs back and forth on the perch when no one is around the cage and no noise is in the room

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thank you for helping birds and their families! *Angel blessed and featured on "Angel, the SquidDog Angel"! =D

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hello i brought tow love birds 4 days ago i love thame but tay are not tame yet i am trying to tame thame tay are so afraid of me...

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      BrickHouseFabrics 6 years ago

      Great info!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: my lovebird was the same way at first (scared of my hand coming for him in the cage but liking to snuggle). after a while they get the basic idea, it just takes some time

      eating out of your hand takes time as well. try to find a treat that she really likes so that she can't resist it even if it is in your hand

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: my lovebird is crazy about snuggling and being affectionate. it took him a while to learn how to step up onto my fingers though. you just have to be patient with her.

      try to calm her down, hold her in close to your chest and put a hand over her or put on a scarf and let her snuggle up under that. they like to feel safe snuggled up underneath something as opposed to out in the open. if im not wearing a scarf my lovebird often hides out underneath my hair.

      pet her down her back starting at her head. be gentle. biting should not be reinforced. if she wants to go back in her cage, and by biting you she gets what she wants, she will think that biting is an effective way of getting you to do what she wants.

      finally, about the vegetables, i am facing the same problem. Getting my bird to eat pellets was challenging too at first. what i've started doing is putting big chunks of things in Simon's cage (like a huge lettuce leaf or half a carrot) so that he chews on them like toys and then ends up tasting them. not sure if it's working as of yet *fingers crossed*

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I just got my lovebird about two weeks ago and he's loved snuggling with me practically since I got him. He's only about 2-3 months old so i'm trying to teach him good behavior early.

      I've got him on pellets and he doesn't poop on me (in fact he'll poop on command if i put him on a piece of paper) but he feels free to go on the carpet and anywhere else..

      was wondering if there are any good tips on potty training and also teaching him not to chirp so loudly. He's really pretty good most of the time, but every now and then he'll squawk right in my ear.

      finally, it is obviously not safe to have him in bed with me, but i have shelves on the wall right next to my bed that Simon likes and i was wondering if it would be ok for him to sleep snuggled up in a scarf on one of these shelves? (do they poop in their sleep?)

      Thanks for all the help!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      i have got a peach faced lovebird which is scared of me when in the cage but s/he like to be cuddled . While cuddling s/he is never scared of me but as soon as i put her/him in the cage s/he starts to get scared, by the way s/he seldom excepts treats from my hand. will the problem would be solved by cuddling s/he again and again or i have to do something else.

      plz tell me what to do

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I meant *3: And even though she has clipped wings She will jump and try to fly out of my hands, then end up on the floor hurt. ALSO I FORGOT TO MENTION I have noticed she keeps biting her nails so i took her to a vet and they said it was normal and now her nail is totally off!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Even Though I try M y best I can't get my bird to:

      1: Like Fruits or veggies

      2: Like me touching her ( I can get her out of the cage but she'll hate it, she will struggle and bite until i let her go)

      3: And even though she has clipped wings.

      And also I would like to know how to pet her. It might be a stuiped question but i don't know how to. like do you do you pet her it up or down her wings? How do you scratch her head. BTW she is a lovebird. Please tell me asap

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      thanks this helped me understand birds allot better!!!!!!!!!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have just gotten 2 lovebirds and i would like to start using your rules to start training them..do the rules still apply when you have more than 1 bird?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I wove bwds

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      hi i have a blue parakeet and i want to now how to make him stop flying everywhere

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I Have 4 (2 Males,2Females). I Tried The Advice I Saw on This Website and All They Do is Stare into My Eyes Then They close and Open Them. Then I follow Them,Then They Continue... I Wish They Weren't Scared of Me...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      my bird bites when i put my hand in the cage near her,, but when i finally get him out,, he doesn't bite and eats out of my hand. he must feel more brave and not as afraid in the cage so he's not afraid to bite?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      my bird is afraid with me and i try everything but there's nothing i could do.

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      luvmyludwig lm 8 years ago

      This is a very good lens. I really like the first video, so cute!!!

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      luvmyludwig lm 8 years ago

      This is a very good lens. I really like the first video, so cute!!!