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Untamed Linnie - can she be tamed?

I am wanting to get another bird. I already have a 10 year old cockatiel. I am considering a linnie. I found a really pertty turquoise one for sale but it's not tame. It has a 2017 band. Do you think this bird would be too old to attempt to tame? Also could it possibly start talking at this age?
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I know people who have rescued linnies who were well over 4 years old that never spoke and weren't hand tame either. The 3 birds they took in all became hand tame and spoke a few words, it was wonderful to see their transformation happen over months and years.


This is something I would do only if I had the time and patience to dedicate to being with a bird that will obviously need to be dealt with tenderly and carefully. You need to keep at training it and gaining its trust even if you don't feel like its working, to give up would only mean failure to this bird and its not fair.


If you think you can commit to it I would get this bird and give it a chance to have a wonderful life with you. GOOD LUCK!
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I got the bird!! He or she is beautiful. I just love it. I hope I can eventually tame it.
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I got the bird!! He or she is beautiful. I just love it. I hope I can eventually tame it.

Congratulations.


I look forward to posts of how it works out. Take it slow and easy and spend as much time as you can talking to the bird playing music and interacting. If it sees you are interested in it then it will come around and be more interested in you too.
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We are taking it very slow. I try not to put my hand in the cage too often but when I do have to the funny little bird goes right to the roof of the cage and turns upside down. I think he thinks I can't see him that way. LOL!! Linnies sure are cute little birds.
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We are taking it very slow. I try not to put my hand in the cage too often but when I do have to the funny little bird goes right to the roof of the cage and turns upside down. I think he thinks I can't see him that way. LOL!! Linnies sure are cute little birds.

Linnies love to hang upside down and are really fun little birds.

Hang some fresh veggies and fruits for him from the top of the cage inside and watch him climb and nibble. It's a good way to get him to start trusting you if you leave fresh goodies for him. : )
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Please give me some ideas of what kinds of fruits and veggies to hang for him. Not sure what Linnie's like. I have a cockatiel and he doesn't seem to like much of anything I offer. He is 10 years old and seems stuck on seeds. He is in great shape though so I'm not terribly worried about him but I continue to offer him other foods but he doesn't seem interested at all.
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Linnies like lettuce spinach broccoli and corn on the cob, apples and watermelon are also good. Offer your bird a small amount of things every day and don't worry if he doesn't eat any of it as he's new to your home so he has to get use to seeing new foods in his new cage and surroundings before he is at ease about eating it.

Just be sure to offer something every day so you get him use to your hands being in the cage and you giving him something new to eat daily.
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That's what I've been doing. So far he hasn't eaten anything I put in there other than his seeds but I of course will keep trying. I had hoped he would eat some of the corn on the cob. It was cooked. Do you normally give it raw or cooked?
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That's what I've been doing. So far he hasn't eaten anything I put in there other than his seeds but I of course will keep trying. I had hoped he would eat some of the corn on the cob. It was cooked. Do you normally give it raw or cooked?

I feed my birds raw corn on the cob, they seem to like it better that way. I chop up a cob into several small pieces and store it in the fridge in a tupperware container. It will keep for a week or more. Just rinse it off with warm water before you put it in the cage.

Keep offering fresh foods and eventually the linnie will try it.


You can try offering some pellets too ... call this number and tell them where you live and ask them if you can have some samples of their fine sized pellets. They will send you some for free.



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Thanks so much. I will try giving the corn raw and I will call that number right now!
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So I just called and they no longer send samples to Canada
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Do u think Harrison's is the preferred pellet? I guess I could pick some up from Exotic Wings in St Clements. So far the Zupreem and the other have gone untouched
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Do u think Harrison's is the preferred pellet? I guess I could pick some up from Exotic Wings in St Clements. So far the Zupreem and the other have gone untouched

Oh that's unfortunate that they don't send them to us in Canada anymore. I only suggested them because the samples come in a few different sizes and they aren't colored with dyes and no added scented fruity flavors so I thought this was a good product and my fussy little budgies enjoyed them once they got over the big scare of the evil new pellets. LOL



Ask around and see if you can find other people who like other pellet products to suggest to you.
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