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Lovie needs motivation

I've had Kuzco for about five days now and we're slowly making progress in realizing not everything is evil. He now lets me pet his beak and sometimes the top of his head and I can now let him out of his cage for periods of time without him just sitting around shaking. I'm going to be starting step up and clicker training in the next few days, but I'm stumped. He doesn't seem particularly motivated by food. He's not crazy about millet like my budgies are. He likes it fine, and likes other treats as well, but refuses them if I offer them as a reward for doing something I ask. This wasn't a problem when he was learning to accept touch, because the reward was having contact and skritches. He has seen my budgies stepping up and watched them very closely, I could see him trying to work it out in his little brain haha. But right now, if he does anything, I can't reward him with the clicker, my voice, or anything because no treat follows. What do your lovebirds enjoy as a reward?
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I dont have love birds, but all my birds go crazy for hemp seeds. Try little bits of sunflower seeds and safflower seeds. bits of veggies or fruit if it is a fav of his.. good luck.
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With tiny birds it's hard to find the right treat to use to motivate them. Try and do baby talk, sometimes it works


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I've found out that the best treat that works with all my small birds is Coriander(cilantro) . All my budgies , lovebirds and tiels go crazy over it. I've had the most frightened or aggressive birds hop up on to my palm for a nibble .
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Oooh cilantro is a good idea. How do you give it to them?


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I use millet and sun flower seeds.

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Ariel, you've had him for such a short time. I think it will be fund to find out what reward he likes. Have you tried a half grape?
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Do you use the coriander seed or can you use the kind in a jar (the processed kind that's kind of like pesto)?


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Ariel, you've had him for such a short time. I think it will be fund to find out what reward he likes. Have you tried a half grape?
I agree with Karin, it does take time. My lovie, Uno, just loves corn, so there's something you could try.

I'm sure that birds can pick up stress, so all the taming you do has to be fun.

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Oh time... Haha. I'm just so excited to have him I keep forgetting time is a thing he got a little more into the millet today and I got him to step up onto a dowel a few times. He would step up, get the reward, and then run to the end of the dowel to beat up my hand. What a kind soul


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Oooh cilantro is a good idea. How do you give it to them?
I use fresh leaves and stalk. I find that they are more inclined to try out new stuff especially when its green . What also helps is that since the stalks are quite longer than seeds , the birds don't have to come right up to you to take a bite. This might be useful with birds that aren't as trusting.
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