Attatched to his cage

I have a rainbow lorikeet around 6 months of age.The problem is he does not want to sit on my hand to come out of his cage, as i reach in he basicly goes as far away as possible from me, as i leave the cage he then will come out and sit on the door of the cage. When i approach him he then goes back in. Occasionly he comes out. He is very tame as he was hand raised. i can kiss him and touch him without him being afraid. Why does he do this? How can i help the situation?

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Jun 10, 2010
Attatched to his cage
by: Linda

You need to look at some of the training materials on Parrot Training page, and learn how to deal with this situation. THE FIRST THING BEFORE ANY TRAINING is to take your bird to an Avian vet in your area for a good overall exam to check for infections or other physical problems. If you did not take him into the Avian vet when you got him, he needs to be seen now as most new birds contract some kind of infection from all the stress they endure during the change.

So, before training, get a clean bill of health on your bird because sick birds cannot learn. Then utilize the training materials here and other places on the internet. Your bird needs to be handled and is, for some reason, not feeling safe in your home and with you. Six months should be long enough, but if he is harboring an illness, then he feels bad and just wants to be left alone.

Let us know what the Avian vet has to say and then start working with him as he will come around in time with your love, patience and commitment.

Thanks for writing,
Linda

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