My baby handfed lovebird runs from my hand why?

by Kaitlyn

We just got a baby lovebird and he's been with us for a week. He runs from our hands and refuses to eat anything we try to hand feed him? What can we do to fix this?!

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Jan 27, 2012
My baby handfed lovebird runs from my hand why?
by: Linda

If you bought a freshly weaned baby, then he needs to be handfed some more using baby parrot handfeeding formula(found here) using a syringe or bent spoon. Freshly weaned baby birds usually revert back to needing to be handfed when moved because they have lost their "safe" place and are now thrown into a world unknown to them which frightens them. Handfeeding makes them feel safe and secure. You probably need to do this only a couple times a day until you see bird eating his food which should be organic pellets. If you don't know how to handfeed, you'll need to learn quickly, and the breeder who sold you the bird is the one to call for help in showing you how to do this.

All birds are frightened of new places and people regardless of being handfed or not. They were safe with the people who were handfeeding them and in some cases have imprinted on those people. You are total strangers who are not trusted, and who have not yet made your bird feel safe. The not eating here is dangerous, so you need to move on getting handfeeding formula and either a syringe or a bent up spoon which functions like a funnel.

Taking your bird to an Avian Vet ONLY is also necessary as they can help you with handfeeding if you need it up to and including doing it themselves. Of course, you'll pay for this service as well as the exam, and having birds means also having an Avian Vet. Baby birds have no immune system, and infections are common. Infections have to be diagnosed and treated by an Avian Vet.

So, do not wait any longer to take bird to Avian Vet or back to breeder or both. Your bird cannot go very long without food, and can die as a result of any further delays.All of this should have been a part of learning about your bird before buying, and now your bird is at risk, so move quickly to save his life.


Jan 26, 2012
Lovebird scared of hands
by: Tracie

Your bird needs to learn that it can trust you and your hands. You will need to spend some time just sitting next to the bird cage, and then slowly introducing your hands to the bird.

Please read the training articles on our Parrot Training page for help with developing a relationship with your bird. We have some articles on nutrition that would be good for you to read too.

Lovebirds should eat 80% high quality pellets like Harrison's or Roudybush and only 20% healthy treats, with just a small amount of that being seeds.

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