getting my bird out of the cage

by Nanette La Vallee
(New Caledonia)

I cannot get my 3 month old ring neck lorikeet out of the cage. Everytime I put my finger in the cage it backs off in a corner of its cage.And if I do get a good grip on my bird it will then bite until I am bleeding. Question is should I grab her to force her out so she will get use to me? I have done this but it seems that the bird is now scared of me and I am afraid that my little birdy will not trust me anymore. I hope I didnt blow our relationship?


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Jan 26, 2011
Getting your bird out of his cage
by: Amy

Some birds are reluctant to having someone try to step them up directly out of their cage, others are very agreeable to it. Since your bird does not like it, try letting him come out of his cage by himself, while you are standing there. Let him step up onto his cage door and give him a minute before attempting to step him up. Chances are he'll let you step him up from there. He may just not like your hand entering his cage. DO NOT FORCE HIM OR GRAB HIM!!! You'll destroy his trust in you. Be patient and with time he'll come around.

Two of my birds will not let me take them out of the cage. Both of them step out on their own and perch on the cage door. They're very friendly once they're out and will not bite me if I do it their way. They always let me lift them up off of the cage door. Good luck with your bird!!

Jan 26, 2011
How to get your bird out of the cage
by: Tracie

No, you do NOT want to grab the bird. Like you said, it only causes it to not trust you.

You are going to have to work on getting your bird to trust you. It will take a while, and you will have to be patient. You will need to work with your bird every day, a few times a day, if at all possible.

Please read the articles on our Parrot Training page for some ideas on getting your bird to trust you and developing a good relationship with your bird.

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