The Fresh baby
So you now have your baby, and every time you go to play with him he runs away or tries to bite or does both. You do not know what to do, you talk nice to him, you bought him hand tamed or hand fed, you talked with the breeder, and you have read all the books, but still his freshness continues. What to do??
Let's break it down and find out why he is acting like that first. Then we can work on a solution.
First thing is how old is he? Is he going through the terrible sixes? At age 6 months babies reach sexual maturity, and go through a very awkward stage. They become nippy and stand offish, the usually sweet loving baby is now a vicious attack bird. When before he nibbled softly he now draws blood. If you have spent time with him before this age and he was a sweet baby then after the stage he will be an adult but will also go back to your sweet baby. This stage takes anywhere between 2 weeks to a month. At this time you still want to give him attention, but do not push him. Let him have a little more freedom. When the stage is over go back to regular play with him.
Do you have 2? 2 Lovies will bond to each other no matter the sex. They are very hard to tame because they usually want to be together and could care less about you. Single birds depend on you for attention. If you insist on having 2 lovies as pets, buy a tamed baby lovie. Bond with the baby for at least 6 months to a year then buy another baby. The first baby will be bonded to you and you will be able to easily work with both birds.
Do you have a mirror in or near the cage? Lovies will bond to the mirror thinking that it is another baby and will want nothing to do with you. So take out the mirror.
Is it a female? During breeding times females can become very nasty. They will defend nesting areas. There is nothing you can really do about a female protecting her eggs.
Is he an adult? Adult birds that have not been played with regularly will not be as nice as a baby who has been played with. Adults usually will never come around to be the loving birds that babies are. But you can still work with them. You want to make sure that their wings have been clipped so that they will not fly away from you. First try to get the adult interested in you. Keep the bird in a safe room but a room that you always are in. Talk to him and and offer special treats from your hand only. When handling be careful, adults will draw blood if given the chance. I use a hand towel or garden gloves when handling naughty adults.
What to Do
In the Dark
Wet the Feathers