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Hi all today was the first time I let my two love birds out of their cage I am trying to tame and train them. It took them a whole 15 to twenty minutes just to go out of the cage. When they did the bolder one of te two landed about half a meter away from me and just sat there for a while and the other more scared one headed straight for a corner farthest from me. The one that sat near me also eventually flew to the same corner as the scarder one. All they did was walk around in a tiny space and just watched. I'm very new to this taming or training them. The are scared of hands. Well scared in general. I took a loose perch I had brought with me to get them back in the cage. Surprisingly the bolder one took to it rather quickly. The other I had to corner and the stepped up. I tried to give them a treat but they wouldn't take it so I just praised them verbally. How do you get your birds to go into the cages by themselves. And any tips on taming and training them. Oh and also bonding with them. Would be very helpfull they are both about 8 months old
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What kind of lovebirds are they? If their peachfaced their a little easier than the masks. I find anyways. If you go on the internet, youtube search under training birds and they will demonstrate how to learn how to target train your birds. Get a dog clicker, chop stick and favorite treat. Point the clicker at the bird and when the birds beak touches the chop stick click the clicker and give them a treat. Repeat this many times each day until you see they have learned to touch the stick. Once they've learned this then place the chopstick on your arm or hand for them to stepup and when they place their foot on you click and give treat. Repeat this until they learn how to step up. I hope this helps. You can train them to do almost anything with this method.
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Try getting them to eat millet off the spray through the bars. Once they've got that, start target training in the cage. Might sound weird but hear me out haha!

You can do it in the cage to help them get the hang of target training and to get them to go in and out quicker. If you start by just getting them to touch it through the bars, they often catch on no problem. You've then got to start moving it to say the other side of a perch so they get used to following it around. In time they'll be going all over the cage for their target. Get them used to going near the door too. Once you think they've picked it up you can try opening the door and doing it there to get them to climb up on to the cage you can use the same technique to get them back in

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Also, if you let them out in the afternoon and keep the artificial lights out, they will go back to their cage for their dinner on their own as the sun begins to set.
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When my birds are new, I let them go back into the cage on their own. This way, you don't have to scare them by trying to catch them. I put some millet just on the inside of the door and leave them to go there on their own. Most of them will eventually see the millet and head in to nibble and once they recognize their cage, will go into it because they feel safe. If that doesn't work, I use a dowel or perch they like to convince them to step onto it and then slowly move it into the cage. The day I brought my lovie home, I let him come out of the carrier on his own, which meant I needed to coax him off my window and into the cage. I convinced him to step onto a dowel with a lot of praise and some millet and then put him in no problem. Hope this helps!

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