Scaly Breasted Lorikeet - Wants to "Mate" with my Feet!
My pet Scaly Breasted Lorikeet (2 Years old) is very tame and he can talk too! Whilst he is IN his cage I can pet him, talk to him and he talks back.
He whistles tunes and dances when I sing to him.
Just recently, he has "Fallen in Love" with my FEET!
When I let him out of his cage, he frantically tries to get to the floor. Once on the floor he stays by my feet…even when I'm walking, he follows me everywhere, even outdoors.
He won't let me pick him up at all and I CAN NOT get him back into his cage. Even when I offer him treats he still won't let me touch him and walks quickly, backwards away from me as if he is frightened of me.
When near my feet, he bends his head down, fluffs up and makes a PPPPHHHHT . . . PPPPHHHHT . . . PPPPHHHHT sound as he bobs up and down.
Is this a "Mating Ritual" and he wants to "Mate" with my feet?
I have tried sitting on the floor for over half an hour, and patiently coaxing him with treats to get him to "Step Up". But still no way will he let me touch him.
I have tried putting his ladder near him, also a small blanket that reaches from his cage to the floor, so that he can climb up, but he just backs away from anything I put near him.
I know that I am NOT supposed to do this but, it is the ONLY way I can get him UP again . . .
I have to get a towel and drop it over him, much to HIS and MY displeasure.
What can I do to get my little buddy out of this. I am almost in tears!
I don't want to frighten him further with the towel ordeal . . . PLEASE HELP ME