My new bird won't come out of its cage

by Juli Yu
(Lacombe, Alberta, Canada)

I just got a new lovebird today and its been a day now. She won't come out whenever I put my finger out. I never got a chance to hold her yet,but I really want too. - Juli

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Sep 08, 2010
New bird won't come out of it's cage...
by: Lisa

Oh, give her time!!! Parrots need forever and a half to get used to new things. When I first got my parrot, I was a 'newbie' and spent days begging her to like me and to hang out with/on me. I contacted her former humans and they laughed (nicely) at my dilema-- I was told to stop trying so hard, to let HER come to ME. Very soon she began seaking me out, and I remember the first thrill of her flying to me, and when she began to follow me from room to room. Just be patient and always kind to her, always be her 'safe' place, and soon you'll have the same problem I have: She doesn't want to be away from me, ever!! It is the biggest compliment in the world to have this little birdie's trust and love... well worth the wait!

Sep 07, 2010
My new bird won't come out of its cage
by: Linda

Your bird is scared to death of you, your home, its new cage, toys and everything else in its new surroundings. Make sure bird is eating and drinking and then leave it alone for a few days. If you have not already taken your bird to an Avian Vet in your area, then do so right away. Most new birds are sick with various types of infections and need to be checked out by an Avian Vet BEFORE any training or other handling is done. A sick bird will not show its sick for a bit, and once it allows to see how sick it is, then it is near death. Please take bird into see an Avian Vet, not a regular dog and cat vet as they are not licensed or trained in the care of birds and will most likely kill the little guy.

You need to do a lot of reading and study about your bird so you know what kind of cage they need, what kind of natural branch wood perches, toys and what kinds of food they can eat. They cannot eat any people food as they get sick from eating salt, sugar and fat, so feed your bird organic pellets and a few organic veggies. Here is article written by Avian Vet on how to change birds from seeds to organic pellets and Tracie carries several kinds here:

Switching Birds to Pellets article

If you need help finding an Avian Vet, there is a link on this site to help you out with that.

Thanks for writing,

PS your bird may not be finger trained in which case he does not know what you are doing. Look at some of the training materials here and other places on the internet and get a book or two, so you can learn all about your bird's needs.

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