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RE: UNHAPPY LOVEBIRD UNHAPPY OWNERS HELP

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Posted by: PHIggysbirds at Thu Feb 12 22:24:08 2009  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by PHIggysbirds ]  
   

The main training I recommend can be slow going. Basically it all is based on patience and persistence. Reward good behavior, try to ignore bad behavior. Don't jump and scream if she/he bites. Instead try to ignore, place bird down and then when she calms pick back up. Reward good behavior by attention and possibly treats. Work slowly. If she has started biting anytime someone is near start from outside the cage. Sit by the cage talking to her. If possible take the cage into a small enclosed room (such as small bedroom, bathroom (with mirror and drains covered), even a large lighted closet. Sit by the bird talking to her. When she doesn't seem to get agitated at this offer her a treat through the cage. When she is calm with this (which maybe she already is) again in the smaller room sit by the cage and open the door. Let her come out to you. Have a treat ready, maybe millet or some other favorite seed, veggie etc. Let her come to take it from you. When it is time for her to go back in the cage first try to get her to go in calmly, don't chase and speak loudly instead offer her treat inside the cage and talk gently, if she absolutely won't go back in gently lift her (yes I know she may bite) and place her back in. Try not to make a big deal of it if she bites and instead reward her once she is back in with calm language and possibly a treat. Keep working on this until she comes out of and goes into her cage easier. Then you can work more with actual step up and other behaviors. These would be the first steps though. When she is calmly doing all that (which may take a while but once she does it she should start being fairly consistent and will listen instead of constantly fearing you.) then I can let you know more things to work on next. Or if this is the main thing that you are wanting her to do (calm behavior, no biting) then great and let us know how it progresses.

Also be aware that some birds will become more aggressive during breeding season and hormonal times. This time of the year does seem to bring that behavior out in many species. When she is egg laying or acting hormonal give her a while to calm down as she will be more apt to bite or act aggressively while in season.


   

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