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Step by Step Guide Needed

I've browsed through most of the entries here. I have an untrained lovebird from a shelter that I want to train. When I stick my hand in the cage he attacks for blood. I've been sitting next to the cage talking to him for a few days now. I started the clicker training. I put the stick in the cage and he attacks that. When he does I offer him some millet, or peanuts. He bites the food and it falls to the floor.

So from this standpoint what do you all suggest I do? He is not a baby that's all I know about him.

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Sounds like you have your work cut out for you, I don't know lovies but I do know an older bird will be a challenge to tame.

Take it slow, you are invading his space and safety zone which is his cage. Sticking your hand and a stick in there will only upset him and make him react in fear and anger. Talk to him through the cage bars and devote one on one attention to and with him.

See if he responds to your voice first.
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Everything takes time I would just talk and sit with the bird... Do not put your finger in the cage or anything maybe even for a month or more... Thus way the bird gets used to you. Once you can approach the cage without being lunged at or finger bitten then try offering treats, place treat in with food and watch what the bird picks first that will be the treat to give as it will be the favourite food.

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Nikki is right. A few days is not near long enough. I know you really want to handle your bird but you need to step back and give him/her space and time. Do not place your hands inside the cage if you don't have too (changing food cups, cleaning etc.). Sit near the cage and talk with, sing to, or read to your bird. If he/she appears uncomfortable when you are sitting near the cage then you are too close. Back up until you see the bird relax. That should be your starting point. Do not look directly at your bird but give more of a sideways glance and sit at an angle to the cage. Looking directly at him/her may make him feel threatened. When he appears calm with where you are sitting then move a little closer. It may take several weeks or even months for him to truely get comfortable with you. Remember you do not know the full past of this bird. (Was it ever tame, was it neglected or abused.) Any of these will affect how quickly he/she will respond positively to you. You also need to be willing to accept the fact that he/she may never be comfortable with being touched or handled. I have a cockatiel that after 3 months will fly out of his cage and come sit on my shoulder but he will not step up or allow my hands near him. He will step onto and off of my shoulder to his cage but no hands or fingers allowed.

Another thing you can do after figuring out a couple favorite foods is to save them as treats. Start by dropping one or two in his food bowl as you walk by the cage. Don't stop and don't stand and watch him. Just give him the treat and then go and let him enjoy the treat. In time he will come to recognize you as a bringer of good things. Then he will start to come foreward as you approach the cage. When this starts to happen hesitate by the cage when you drop in the treat. From there you progress to holding the treat for him. Remember this will take time and no one knows how long it will take with your particular bird.
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Excellent posts Nikki and Zoooooomermama!
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If you look at my siggy there's a link to my blog. I haven't used it in ages but hopefully you will get some tips for hands off birds on there

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