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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-21-2013, 06:17 PM Thread Starter
 
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Hey all! Just joined this forum, and got a baby peach faced lovebird yesterday and named her Berry! And now, to talk about and ask about mah burd!!! So far she seems to be doing okay, but doesn't seem to be able to grasp the "step up" command. Atleast without treats or ulterior motives. She also hates being in her cage but loves being on my shoulder, which I've heard is something I shouldn't let her do. She's also sleepy most of the time and I'm not sure if it's because she's stressed from the new environment or because she's still a baby(?). She's currently 9 weeks old. People keep telling me we'll get around to bonding if we hang out together, but she doesn't even like being near me unless she's on my shoulder. Otherwise, she's just on top of her cage. She runs away from me unless she sees I have food in my hand. Any and all help/advice would be appreciated!

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Welcome!
I think I saw your post on reddit as well??

As for him being shy of stepping up, give him time, you only just got him and he needs some time to adjust!!


I recommend taking him to an avian vet for a check up.. So if he does have anything wrong.. You can catch it early!!

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I think I saw your post on reddit as well??

As for him being shy of stepping up, give him time, you only just got him and he needs some time to adjust!!


I recommend taking him to an avian vet for a check up.. So if he does have anything wrong.. You can catch it early!!

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Heh, yep I was on Reddit as well!

Yeah, I should just give her some time I suppose.

I'll have to make an appointment in that case!

And thanks for replying!
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Enjoy your stay here - lots of lovely people.

I don't keep lovebirds so can't comment specifically but new birds can take several days to several weeks to start to settle in My baby tiel sleeps more than the adults so that is likely to also be a factor but a vet trip is always a good idea for a once over

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s/he is still new then they might be really shy. just give her time and nothing wrong with the shoulder, it can be good bonding time if that's what she likes best



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Welcome to the forum!

The main reason people say not to allow birds on the shoulder is because larger birds like cockatoos, macaws etc. can take a good chunk out of your face, blind you or whatever if they get a hold of you. You're very vulnerable to a bite if they're on your shoulder. However, all of my small birds love a good snuggle, especially under my hair

I would let your baby settle in for a while. Imagine this. You've just been removed from your mother and given to a random stranger who you've never met in your entire life and can pick you up in the palm of their hand. Sounds pretty crazy! Now imagine it through Berry's eyes! As prey animals, they tend to be fearful as it is. I'm sure in a little bit of time your lovie will calm down and grow more accustomed to yourself

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The main reason people say not to allow birds on the shoulder is because larger birds like cockatoos, macaws etc. can take a good chunk out of your face, blind you or whatever if they get a hold of you. You're very vulnerable to a bite if they're on your shoulder. However, all of my small birds love a good snuggle, especially under my hair

I would let your baby settle in for a while. Imagine this. You've just been removed from your mother and given to a random stranger who you've never met in your entire life and can pick you up in the palm of their hand. Sounds pretty crazy! Now imagine it through Berry's eyes! As prey animals, they tend to be fearful as it is. I'm sure in a little bit of time your lovie will calm down and grow more accustomed to yourself
What a neat way of looking at it! I should try to understand things from her point of view thanks!

Although the shoulder thing had to do with something I heard about birds thinking that being so high up put them in an authoritative position above you.

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not really true all my birds have been on my shoulder, my male tiel even loves my head! so enjoy a small cuddly bird on your shoulder all you want



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Welcome to the forum! Lovely birdie you got there. As others said, give her time to settle in. If she/he was hand reared they will seek your attention and cuddles. Nothing wrong with birds on shoulders. I just don't allow mine on my head - it's a dominance thing.

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I have a cockatiel who I hand raised my self. He's obsessed with heads! But he's not a dominant bird in fact, I would happily let anybody hold him. He's such a ham!

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Welcome and congratulations,
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I.hope everything's ok at the vets.

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yeah the shoulder rule is more for big birds
as for the step up , i never taught any of my birds to do it on command . i never saw the point i put my hand out for them and if they want to hang out they step up otherwise i leave them
if it is an emergency all 3 are happy for my to pick them up with no fuss so i'm not worried
other people will have different opinions but that is my take on it

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Welcome to the forum! Lovely birdie you got there. As others said, give her time to settle in. If she/he was hand reared they will seek your attention and cuddles. Nothing wrong with birds on shoulders. I just don't allow mine on my head - it's a dominance thing.
I don't allow mine on my head either.... It's a poop kinda thing...lol.
I feel shoulder time is a privilege not a right.. If my birds ( all smaller ) behave then they get shoulder time... Any biting , nipping or pulling earrings and they are off!
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i had a lovie and she loved being on my shoulder curled up in my hair it was her favorite spot she was an older lovie not a baby but she was my baby and once she settled in she stepped up and cuddled with me for hours while i watched tv or done something else. i am sure she just needs some time and she will be fine. and i would not worry about the shoulder i have a conure that i let on my shoulder now but she is a bit nippy at times and when she bite my ear she comes off my shoulder. my grey tries to get on my shoulder to but i feel a bit iffy on that so i really don't let him do that i will let him seat on the back of my chair or in my lap though. but if you lovie is comfortable on your shoulder sure let her

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Thanks for all the helpful replies everyone! Today she actually let me preen her while she slept in a blanket! It was awesome
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Your baby is adorable, but looks very sleepy. Did you have a vet check her out. Babies don't look sleepy. They sleep when their tired.

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Your baby is adorable, but looks very sleepy. Did you have a vet check her out. Babies don't look sleepy. They sleep when their tired.

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Yeah, she was falling asleep in the picture and I snapped a quick photo. She's fine though, thank you!
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