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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 11-10-2011, 01:05 AM Thread Starter
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Lovebird aggression/biting

Several months ago I had the opportunity to rescue two lovebirds from a very bad situation. When I got them they had been living in a cage far too small for them and hid all the time. They wouldn't come out and would actually do everything they could do to get away from people.

Fast forward to now and the situation is quite different. They're in a larger (although not as large as I would like) cage and are actively out and about all the time - unless a stranger comes over.

The only problem is that the female is extremely aggressive. I can feed her sunflower seeds through the cage just fine but she frequently lunges at me and when she connects she draws blood every time. Every time I go to change food or water she bites me.

When she bites I do not respond verbally but rather blow hard across her face. She usually releases and backs off and I can then tend to the bleeding. I'm working hard to earn her trust but just don't know what to do other than what I've been doing. I sit near their cage most of the day and talk to them and hold chopsticks for them to chew on.

The male is very friendly but still afraid of hands. He doesn't bite but rather enjoys licking fingers through the cage. I think I could get him hand tamed pretty easily but the female rules the roost here.

Any thoughts on other things I can try?
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I would change their stuff while they are out of the cge. did you try giving her treats while shes out?

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I hear you. I have had my lovebird, Pepper for ten years. He comes to me all the time and suddenly out of the blue he bites my neck or chin. It hurts really hurts. He's very personable with us, just likes to bite every now and then. But we still love him very much.
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I can help you here! Firsly, are your bowls on the outside swingers? They're FAR nicer for your hands if you have a biting bird. It also stops the bird from getting out. That way they wont have a chance to get to you. Secondly, try stick training. It has worked every single time for me. Get a stick suitable in size for their little feet and make them step up onto it, they don't usually fly away at all. Eventually when they do it enough in their cage, get them to come out on it. If they fly around, let them. Wait for them to calm down and then use the stick to help them out. At first I always clip my birds wings but once they learn to step up either onto me or the stick then I let them grow out it works really really well

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Hmmm, the stick training probably won't work for the female. She is missing most of her toes, but I will think on that and see what I can come up with.

So far I've not been letting them out of their cage much. All they do is freak out and fly to the room light and sit on it. Once waited 24 hours for them to go back to their cage and never did. My best guess is that for now at least, it's better to let them get more comfortable with us and the room before letting them out again *shrugs*.

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