Try for a moment to put yourself in the place of the bird: you are locked in a cage and a giant and unknown hand tries to catch you despite your attempts to flee. It’s not a pleasant situation, is it? You will have to be patient and use some tricks so that we can teach you how to tame your lovebirds:
1. Keep your distance at the beginning
Keep in mind that your lovebird may not be domesticated, you must be patient and do not try to touch it until it feels comfortable in your presence. In order to start earning his trust, you must first be relaxed, be sure that you are not going to hurt him and at first the best option is to leave him alone. In the market they sell some devices to calm you down earlier and they are quite effective.
2. Start to gain the trust of your lovebird
When he’s relaxed and comfortable in his new home, you must earn his trust. To do this, simply approach the cage several times each day and speak in a soft voice. Start by saying the name you have chosen for your lovebird, so that it gets used to that word. You can also read aloud or sing, anything to familiarize your pet with your voice and your presence. When you have to clean, change the water or replace the food, do it gently and without sudden movements. Do not try to caress him until you see him approach your hand with confidence. Another trick is to keep your hand still inside the cage, so he understands that you have no intention of hurting him. Gaining the trust of a lovebird can take more or less time, depending on the personality and previous experience of each individual.
3. Use food to tame your lovebird
Once your new pet doesn’t freak out when you approach the cage, you can start feeding lovebird snacks straight from your hand. Reduce the amount of lovebird food on the plate and feed the rest directly from your hand during the training session. It is essential that you remain calm during this exercise, if you get impatient or nervous, your pet will notice it and reject the food you offer it. Don’t get frustrated, try again later.
4. Get the lovebird to climb on your finger
When the inseparable is already eating from your hand and does not try to get away from your fingers, you can caress his chest. For now, try not to put your hand around his head, because the lovebird could interpret this as a threat. To get him to go up on your finger, you can press lightly on his abdomen , such as giving him a gentle push to encourage him to raise one leg and then the other. Surely it will come down in no time, but if you see that it is not scared, you can try again until the bird verifies that you are not trying to do any harm to it.
5. Take your lovebird out of the cage uploaded to your hand
Check that the room is closed, with the curtains drawn so that it does not hit the glass of the windows if it goes flying. If it flies, wait until it settles somewhere to go and look for it calmly, offering it your finger again to go up. You can teach him a word that serves as an order for him to go up and down. You can also teach it to perch on your shoulder if you prefer. Just show it the way to go up from your hand or put it right there.
Lovebirds are sociable birds, so with patience and love you will create a lasting friendship with your pet. If you have an inseparable pair and both are wild, it is advisable to train them individually. There are those who say that when they live alone it is easier for them to establish a good relationship with their masters. If there are bird toys in the cage, see which ones they like best so they can be used during training.
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