How do I tame my lovebirds?

by Amanda B.
(Louisiana)

I recently bought 2 lovebirds for my kids. The pet store was going out of business and they only had 2 lovebirds left. They were in the same cage and are very bonded. I don't know how old they are (pet store said about 8 months) or if they are male or female. They are very scared and panic when i try to handle them. What's the best way to go about taming them?


Also, they won't eat anything but seed. I've tried every kind of fruit & veg. I've read about and they won't touch it. Any suggestions?

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Mar 29, 2012
How do I tame my lovebirds?
by: Elizabeth Barrie

I didn't completely answer the second part of your question about how to get the lovebirds to eat food other than, just seed. It's a shame the pet store, got them accustomed to eat just seed. Some of our rescue birds came to us with this same problem.

If we gave them anything but ALL sunflower seed they would screech. The male would toss everything that wasn't seed out through the bars! They wanted to show us who was boss.

We removed ALL sunflower seed and gave them a variety of healthy parrot food. Then each morning and night would remove their parrot food and give fresh fruit and veggies. They balked at first. But within just a week they actually enjoyed, the varied diet. I'm sure your birds will too.
Best of luck,
Elizabeth

Mar 27, 2012
How do I tame my lovebirds?
by: Elizabeth

Lovebirds are just that... love. As with many other birds, they would have to had some early human interaction. This enables the birds to develop a scent that isn't threatening , but familiar. Hand fed babies are more likely to interact with you.

Were the birds caged while in the pet store, or allowed to fly freely? To have some interaction with people or even the pet store employees? If they've been with each other since babies, then usually they'll stay together for life. They will pick a mate whether human or bird, then mate for life.

These small birds are intelligent, have a lot of personality and come in a large variety of colors. They love to chew on wood,so make sure they have plenty. My parrots chewed my grandfather clock so badly that by the time I got home from work, it was utterly destroyed. All I could do was laugh!! They enjoy swings, toys and puzzles,and love enjoying being part of family activities.

It sounds like you have a pair that have already bonded, but may still step up if encouraged with a treat. Remember they need a period of time to adjust to your home. Try not to be discouraged or take it personally if they fly away, bite or nip at you. If they are in love with their companion bird, you could try to offer them a treat while gently pressing 2 fingers against the birds abdomen.

It's harder for the bird to bite, if it has a treat in it's beak! All birds can sense fear, so just try at first to give a treat and talk gently to the bird. You just may have success. Even if they can't be tamed, they are a wonder to watch play together.

I hope you find joy in these beautiful majestic birds and thank you for writing to a Step Up Bird. Hope we were of some help. Please do let us know how everything worked out for you.

Thanks,
Elizabeth

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