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RE: UNHAPPY LOVEBIRD UNHAPPY OWNERS HELP PLZ

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Posted by: PHIggysbirds at Sun Feb 8 23:15:42 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHIggysbirds ]  
   

When birds lose their trust in their humans it can take a while to rebuild it. 1-2 times a week may not be enough to overcome this but try patience and consistence. It can do wonders. I don't know how old your bird is but it could be that your bird has entered it's mating season. The first couple years especially during breeding sometimes longer they can become more aggressive and less "cuddly". Again patience and sometimes a bit of bribery with treats/toys/attention is the only way to get over this.

On smalle birds many people like to use the toweling method (I personally don't but want to let you know your options). Basically you pick up your bird securely (but not holding tight around the chest) in a towel trying to use the least amount of "chasing" as possible to get it into the towel. Then while he/she is in the towel you begin with just the upper head uncovered (making sure they are able to breathe with no constrictions) and talk to the bird, give scritches on the head etc. When the bird seems sufficiently calm you can lower the towel a bit more and wait doing the talking/scritches for a while longer, until eventually the towel is just used as a loose cape/cover around the bird. It may take a couple tries to reach this point. I have seen this method work and even have lasting results in some instances. I have also seen a bird become more distrustful of humans and act more fearful when a person comes near them because of this so even though it does work sometimes I wouldn't personally recommend it. It is up to you what you feel comfortable doing.

We do have one bird we use toweling on but it is in completely different circumstances. She is missing one leg and cannot steadily sit or perch on a hand. During her original surgeries she became quite used to being wrapped in a towel and seems to enjoy it now. She loves her towel to cuddle up in so it works well with her.


   

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