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untamed bonded pair

cinnobee

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so i have a bonded pair of lovebirds i don’t know their age but they can’t be that old maybe a couple years old i believe. i’ve had them since september and i’ve had a hard time taming them. i’ve been putting some safflower seed in a little measuring cup and holding it they quickly came to me i talk to them and everything i noticed they are more comfortable with the cup so now i’m putting the seed in my hand and they want nothing to do with it. is there anything i’m doing wrong? they don’t seem to like humans very well. or hands for that matter i don’t know where they came from but the one has a band on her leg possibly from a breeder? i’m not sure but when i got them they were in a bad condition. (they had a very small cage but now they’re in a flight cage) but should i try to tame one on one i don’t really feel it’s right to separate them and i can’t even get them to step up and i’m not wanting to grab them and risk a heart attack or ruin the tiny bit of trust they have for me.
 

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When trying to interact with a lovebird that is bonded, it can be very difficult as they are less likely to engage and more likely to hide behind their partner. You could try one on one training and see how you go, or just focus on one when they are together (the one that is most intrigued by you and less flighty). Once one comes to you, the other will follow slowly but surely.

Buy some millet spray, I have the best outcomes with that to get them to engage and come closer. You can keep it whole to reach them from afar without etting too close, and cut it shorter as the trust builds. Start by offering it through the cage bars, once they learn what it is and enjoy it, they are more likely to come closer for it, and even fly over when out of the cage for it.
 

cinnobee

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When trying to interact with a lovebird that is bonded, it can be very difficult as they are less likely to engage and more likely to hide behind their partner. You could try one on one training and see how you go, or just focus on one when they are together (the one that is most intrigued by you and less flighty). Once one comes to you, the other will follow slowly but surely.

Buy some millet spray, I have the best outcomes with that to get them to engage and come closer. You can keep it whole to reach them from afar without etting too close, and cut it shorter as the trust builds. Start by offering it through the cage bars, once they learn what it is and enjoy it, they are more likely to come closer for it, and even fly over when out of the cage for it.
so i actually saw some improvement today. my female seems to be more intrigued she didn’t eat the treat from my hand but nibbled on my hand (more out of curiosity) but i learned that when she comes over her mate comes with her. usually it’s the opposite but it’s okay. it’s improvement.
 
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