Hi -
I just got a Peach Faced Love Bird yesterday, the owner was an elderly woman and, actually - she passed away (at age 90) it was her granddaughter that placed the bird with me, she was terrified of the bird! So - the bird is supposedly about 8 months old and grandma was to elderly/sick to tame and care for her so she was locked up in a cage all this time.

I let her stay in the cage yesterday and get used to the new surroundings. Today I gave her alot of free-time. Exploring and checking things out.

She even landed on my finger once when I held it out perch-style. I think it was a fluke but maybe a good sign? I really want to socialize her and get her used to & happy about being handled. the 1st time she was out there was alot of nipping at me when I picker her up to return her to her cage. The 2nd time she was nicer.
Do you think she will become accustomed to us or would I be better off getting her a mate and letting them hang out in the cage? I think 8 months isn' too late, is it?
Can anyone give me some pointers on helping "tame" this birdy? Also - I have read conflicting things on diet - any help there?
Thanks alot-
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If its you intention to bond with this bird do not get it a mate. Otherwise they will bond to each other and never to you. Also you will never hear the end of it as lovebirds have an annoying squawk that will drive you crazy. Just try to visit your local bird specialty store that carries love birds and you'll see what I mean. If you want to bond with it then do give it lots of playtime out of the cage but beware in order to "tame" it you will have get used to clipping its wings or have someone else do it as if it flies then it will be harder to tame and the dangers associated with flying indoors are plentiful.
Best thing at the moment is to read up all you can about lovebirds (books, internet sources) and make it feel as comfortable as possible in its new surroundings! Good luck!
Hi - I just got a Peach Faced Love Bird yesterday, the owner was an elderly woman and, actually - ... on helping "tame" this birdy? Also - I have read conflicting things on diet - any help there? Thanks alot-

With a LB, especially a new to your home LB, if all you got was "nipped" you are well on the way to having a great pet already. These birds are notorious for being VERY aggressive. They will take on another bird of any size. They can, if they want, immediately draw blood. If the bird is just nipping, it is obviously choosing not to bite.
You sound like you are doing the right things. Spend time with the bird, several times a day. When you have to put it back in it's cage, try not to pick it up, if you can avoid it. If you can get it to perch on a finger, then move it back to the cage it will be a lot less scared. It takes time, but you are already getting there. Keep us posted on how it goes.
25% graduate functional illiterates. We should remove the warning labels from everything and let nature take care of the problem. Peter Weisbach
Hi - I just got a Peach Faced Love Bird ... conflicting things on diet - any help there? Thanks alot-

With a LB, especially a new to your home LB, if all you got was "nipped"you are well on the ... functional illiterates. We should remove the warning labels from everything and let nature take care of the problem. Peter Weisbach

Thanks
I've been pretty mellow about letting her stay out as long as she wants. She will fly back to her cage and go inside when she's fed up with my toddler shrieking at her. Poor birdy!
I only had her land on my finger the one time. I also held her twice and tried to pet and snuggle her head and neck, the cockatiels love it but I guess LBs are different LOL - she didn't hate it but it didn't have her cooing.
I don't know if i should attempt clipping the wings myself or bring her someplace.
right now she swoops all over - well, if i go too close or if my son runs at her!!!
I've been pretty mellow about letting her stay out as long as she wants. She will fly back to her ... right now she swoops all over - well, if i go too close or if my son runs at her!!!

If you can be 100% sure no one is going to let her get outside free flying is fine. You have to remember if she ever gets out you will most likely never see her alive again. If you decide to clip her it's easy to do, but it would be good to have someone show you how once, and do so a little at a time. You can clip a little at a time till you reduce the flying ability enough, with out the bird just falling to the floor. Have fun, LBs can make a great pet. They have a lot of personality.

25% graduate functional illiterates. We should remove the warning labels from everything and let nature take care of the problem. Peter Weisbach
I've been pretty mellow about letting her stay out as ... i go too close or if my sonruns at her!!!

If you can be 100% sure no one is going to let her get outside free flying is fine. You ... functional illiterates. We should remove the warning labels from everything and let nature take care of the problem. Peter Weisbach

She's awesome and very nice but someone else said to clip the wings if I want to tame her. As it is if I get too close she flies off. But I had to scoop her up and hold her to get her in her cage (in a hurry to get out of the house) - she resisted and nipped a bit but not hard, I guess she likes me Emotion: smile
It was I that suggested clipping her wings. What that does is make her rely on you to finger perch her back up to a height she is comfortable with. This will make her learn to trust you more and bond with you.
I've been pretty mellow about letting her stay out as ... i go too close or if my sonruns at her!!!

If you can be 100% sure no one is going to let her get outside free flying is fine. You ... chance of escaping from a running child and could get killed by a falling child or getting stepped on :0(

I suppose having unclipped birds with the risk of small kids allowing them to escape is just as worrying though.
The fact that the OP admits she allows her small kid to "run at" the bird would worry me also.
I have no faith at all in today's parents ability to protect their small pets from unruly kids so I simply refuse to rehome to anyone with small kids.
And yes I am a mean old nasty person, and of course* each parent of small kids will swear that *their* child is sweet, well behaved and wouldn't *dream of hurting an animal etc etc etc, and if the small pet retaliates and takes a chunk out of the little darling's finger, the animal is deemed 'nasty' or 'mean' and if it is lucky it is rehomed, if not, either killed or set free.
It was I that suggested clipping her wings. What that does is make herrely on you to finger perch her back up to a height she is comfortable with.This will make her learn to trust you more and bond with you.

Wow I must be amazingly talented then. None of mine is usually clipped and most of them trust me and have bonded with me.If I walk into the large mixed aviary all the flighted birds in there come and sit on whichever part of my body they can get to.
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