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Question:

March 29, 2019

Biting


Hi,
I just purchased a Lovebird a month ago from the local pet store. I was told that he was hand tamed when he/she came from the breeder three weeks before. My question is; How do I get my new Lovebird to stop biting and being aggressive?


Answer:

Hi Jo-Anne,

I am sorry to hear you are having these problems. If a baby lovebird is not handled a lot after it is weaned, they can revert back to being wild. This may be the case with your little bird. But, you mentioned aggression. Is the bird charging at you when you put your hand in the cage or get near the cage? This is not baby bird behavior – it is the behavior you would get from a mature female lovebird and in this case you may have been misled about the age of the bird.

If it is only biting when you try to handle it, then you are going to have to go back to square one on taming the bird. Hopefully the bird’s wings are trimmed – if he can fly away from you, he will be very difficult to tame. Working with any bird takes a lot of patience and lovebirds are very challenging. I will give you some links that may help. But you may want to take the bird back to the pet store and ask them to show you how to handle it. You bought this as a hand fed bird and you should be able to handle the bird. If you can’t do so without the biting, then you did not get a tame bird. They may go ahead and replace the bird with a tame bird. Of course you may be too attached already and if so, then you can still ask them for some help. They have some responsibility here if they represented the bird as being hand fed. Three weeks is normally not enough time for a hand fed bird to become wild, and especially to be biting.

Here is the link to our taming and training articles:

Caring For Your Bird

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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