Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Indiana, USA
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I think your birds are difficult for more than one reason. First, if I remember correctly, they were not tame. Second, lorikeets do have special feeding requirements.
I had a lorikeet many years ago. I had to rehome him because I was allergic to his powdered food, although at the time we thought I was allergic to the bird, himself. He was very amusing, and we enjoyed him a great deal, but in so many ways he was much more difficult to take care of than most of my current birds.
Most people would think that the pooh and the food would be what made him more difficult, but I never found his pooh hard to clean up nor his food difficult to prepare. (Although that did turn out to be what was making me ill at the time.) He was more difficult to care for than my current birds because he was fiestier, much more active, and nippier. I'm sure not all lorikeets are nippy, but he was very nippy. He would also get down on the floor and jump across the room to attack our feet.
My advice, if you do decide to get a different bird, would be first and foremost to get one that you can enjoy handling right from the start. It doesn't have to have been hand-fed, just already enjoy interacting with people.
There are many sweet birds out there that are fairly easy to care for. I agree that cockatiels are a wonderful choice for that type of bird. Can you tell us a little bit more about what you would like to do with the bird or birds so we can help you choose.