New 1 Year old Love Birds(pair) - Need them to not be scared. Help?
(Cape town, South Africa)
I just got a pair of one year old love birds last week and they are so cute and inlove:) they have a nice cage with toys and sleeping box and I clean it daily. I got them from a lady who loved them but just didnt have the time to take care of them.
But when it comes to training time one/twice a day I struggle. I open the cage up, and I let them come out in my room when they are ready. They climb in and out of the cage and fly around and sit on the window sil(which is closed ofcoarse). After I think I need to put them back now I approach them and they just fly away or run away. Their wings are partly clipped so they can only fly a little bit. Enough for excercise.
I feel bad to approach them because I can see their little chests pounding. When I catch them, it usually takes a try or two, I hold them gently and stroke their heads or their wings/backs softly. I am very relaxed with them. After about 30seconds of me stroking them and them trying to wriggle away I put it back in its cage and I do the same with the next one. They do not bite. I just feel so bad as I think they think Im going to hurt them when I try catch them to put them back. They nearly took apple from my fingers yesterday but were reluctant.
When I approach the cage they back away and when I put my hand in they squeek loud and flutter. This is the reason I let them come out the cage before I handle them. I want to know:
Am I doing the right thing?
What else can I do?