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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-09-2014, 06:13 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi everyone!

Hope you all are well. Well, the thing is, I just bought a new baby lorikeet (12 weeks old) and it was fine in the beginning, but just one day after, for no reason at all, it started biting into my flesh so hard that it made me bleed. I actually had nightmares about it! I tolerated for a few days, thinking that he is just trying to adjust, but he just wont quit! I had been feeding him properly, giving him things to play with, kept enough and clean water every day, and also made sure he got enough sleep. But it had come to a point that I was terrified of it, and decided to take it back to the pet shop. A terrible experience!

But then, I decided to give it another try. I did not take him back again, but took a new and quieter one back home with me in exchange of him. This one is 11 weeks old.
Now I would really really love to hear from anyone who has raised atleast 1 baby lorikeet. I would like to know about a few things, if possible:

1) How do we put them to sleep? I thought about keeping him in a cozy bedroom, which is least intruded upon, with a thin bedsheet covering 3 sides of his cage, with one left for air circulation. I also kept the room dark, with very little light entering.

2) How should I get it acquainted with my home? And family? And friends?

I think thats enough for now.
Thank you so much for atleast taking the pain to read all that. ANd if you do reply, I am very grateful in advance.

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Hi and welcome, I am sorry it didn't work out with your lorikeet. I have no lory experience but we do have some good people on here that can help when they get on. A few questions will help them.
#1 is this your first bird?
#2Have you researched lories to see what they are like temperament wise?
#3 were you hand feeding?
#4 how were you moving , were you just grabbing him to bring him out of the cage? Or were you giving him time to get to know you and your house?

I think perhaps you were moving to fast, even a very sweet docile tame bird can be frightened and agressive when moving to a new home. Their whole world just changed and you are a stranger who they have not learned to trust yet... Hopefully you will find your answers and this bird will be your dream bird!
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I agree with everything ParrotletsRock has said.

There is another thing about Lorikeets also, especially young Lorikeets. They play rough with each other and will often play rough with you too. Their beaks are incredibly sharp and it is very easy for them to draw blood.

About putting him to sleep. Give him light for what would be normal daylight hours. If he is still making noise while it is dark in the room don't assume that he is awake. Lorikeets, especially young lorikeets will talk in their sleep. Years ago I went to a Lorikeet Convention and I was hand raising some at the time so had to take them with me. They had been fed and were totally full and not hungry at all but they were still carrying on as if they hadn't been fed but when checking on them they were all asleep.

Before introducing to other people get to bird to totally trust you first. People think that when they get a hand raised bird that it will be automatic the bird will get on with everyone. I would often explain to people, how do you react when you meet someone new, you don't become really close friends straight away, it takes time to get to know someone, well why should you expect the bird to be any different. The person who hand raised the bird can do anything with the bird, but that person has been mum for at least 9 weeks to that bird, they had been their food source and their comfort zone. You are a complete stranger, taking it to a totally strange place, strange new cage, different routine and possibly even different food than what it has been used to, and no other birds around to talk too. If you move to another country where they don't speak the same language you are going to feel isolated, homesick and even a little frightened, well so is the bird you just got. If you rush the bird it is going to be terrified and will do the only thing it can do to protect itself and that is bite.

Once hand raised lorikeets get to know you and learn to trust you they make the most fantastic pets. I had one that I used to lay on his back in my hand and would then tickle his belly, he would lay there kicking his legs up in the air and would actually giggle.
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Thanks!

Thanks both of you. Those were the most detailed and informative replies that I have ever gotten! I agree with both of you. But one thing I have to retort to is that I gave my previous lorikeet time to settle down. There are hardly any people in the house, and none enter my room,as this is my personal work place. But he still turned pretty aggressive. Well, all's well now with my new lorikeet. Atleast for now. Decided to name him/her Chris,cuz i donno if hes a her or a him. :P Chris is short for Christopher and Christina
And I soooo want him to trust me enough for me to scratch his belly while he giggles. Just toooo adorable :3
Anyways, thanks! For all ur replies! Loved them.
take care!
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I should also have said that alot depends on how old the lorikeet was taken from the parents for hand raising. I have found it is a pretty fine line when it comes to how tame the baby will be when weaned. I try to pull before they are 4 weeks, I have found that if they are taken at the 4 week to 5 week mark the youngsters are never as tame. If they are taken from 2 1/2 to 3 weeks they are quieter, and it helps if the parents were hand raised as well.

I have hand raise well over 100 lorikeets of varying species and ages and this is what I have found. Even ones that had been born in the wild were very quiet when done from the younger age, as I was often brought birds that had fallen from the nest or the tree had come down with babies in the nest. When I say fallen from the nest it is probably more like walked out. If Rainbow Lorikeets particularly cannot find a tree hollow they will actually dig a hole at the base of the tree and lay their eggs in there. Babies are often found walking around outside of the nest and people think they have fallen out from higher up.
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Kate has said enough, but I just wanted to add that I've had 5 completely different species of lory and lorikeet and every single one would draw bloody for fun It's pretty normal to be honest. Those sharp, fruit slaughtering, beaks can do some bad damage! They don't mean it, they're the same with one another

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Isn't that true Daisy. I also found that if I fed them in the wrong order I would be on the receiving end of a beak.
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Isn't that true Daisy. I also found that if I fed them in the wrong order I would be on the receiving end of a beak.

Yup! Darwin was there first and so he must be fed first while the others watched on and screamed the place down


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Rainbow Lorikeet - jesse

I had a rainbow lorikeet called Jesse which I had for about 3 years and she talked pretty well and said "wheres the ball" and would go get the ball. I found her constant screetching hard and she would lay eggs so I thought the best thing to do would be to sell her to someone that could breed from her which I did about 18 months ago.
The new owner lived in Otaki or Foxton or someowhere up there and I didn't keep their contact number. I really regret doing this and really miss her she was a character. I know I can't get her back but if you are the new owner I would love to hear from you. I live in tawa and you took her home in a cat cage.

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I have a male cockatiel which is quite young and I am thinking of getting another to go in the same cage but I don't want to breed any birds so am I best to get another male or a different bird
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