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i am a first time bird owner and I've just become the lucky owner of a beautiful baby Lutino Scaley Breasted Lorikeet (she is about 9weeks old), I just have a couple questions about her.
1. i've been feeding her lorikeet wet mix but ive been told to give her fruit & veggies but she wont eat any. Is there something particular that i should try and feed her? or is she to young?
2. she nibbles/bites my fingers its not hard and doesn't hurt. I don't know if she is being aggressive or affectionate. i don't want her to start a habit of biting. Is there anything i should be doing to stop her or is it normal?

Thanks everyone i hope yous can help me and my new baby
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Welcome to the forum. Is she weaned? I know that lorikeets are very fast growers but I don't even let my budgies go until they're 8 weeks old

1. If you're worried about her not eating the solid fruits, chuck them in a blender! I would often do this OR I'd buy pureed organic fruit and veg intended for babies (as in, human babies). They still get the nutrients I freeze some in icecube trays too

2. You might have chosen the wrong species if you don't want to get bit. First of all, they have extremely sharp beaks, more so than other birds, because they use them to dig into fruit. Secondly, they will draw blood even when they're playing. My 5 were always taking chunks out of me, even my most affectionate birds
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She was sold very young. I would weigh her every day to make sure she eats enough.
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Many people don't realize that if you have a pet lorikeet at some stage you are going to lose blood. They play rough with each other and will play rough with you. That being said what your baby is doing is probably more affection, they will 'taste' you

At the age your bird is it probably just doesn't know what fruit is yet, they do take some time to figure it out. And it depends on what fruit. They usually like apple, mango, grapes (but at first you need to break them open or cut them in half), rock or honey dew melon (or cantaloupe if overseas), water melon (making sure you remove all the skin and the white part of the melon, just the flesh), but not a lot as it is mostly water and will make their droppings even more watery. My guys like just about anything including capsicum (bell pepper), celery, pumpkin and much more.

Also you need to provide a bowl for bathing (they will usually use their water bowl). Make sure it is big enough for them to have a good bath in, but not too deep so that they can drown. They just love to bath and everything around them will bath as well. They will bath even in winter. Saying that my young Mustard Scaley has just had a bath and I have just copped water over my back and head, computer screen and just about everything else in about a six foot radius. Luckily it is warm here now so not such a shock as it was in full winter, late at night.
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Welcome Josie and your new lori!

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