Here's our new lovebird, Squeegie

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  1. juliefurry

    juliefurry Rusty but Trusty

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    Well since I've been having such a string of bad luck (with my hubby's ex and the cats and not getting to take my vacation this week) my husband (the sweet and wonderful man that he is) allowed me to get my birthday present early. So we went to his friend's house and picked up their lovebird, it was their daughter's and she stopped taking care of it immediately so they don't want it anymore. My husband named the bird Squeegie and it's a 14 week old Hybrid Fisher Lutino lovebird. I guess my who we got it from knows someone who hand raises lovebirds and that's how they got this bird. So far it's doing ok, I'm giving it time to itself in it's cage, it's pretty freaked out from all the new adjustments, but it shared some bread with me and it's interested in us so that's a good sign. So here's my new birdie (sorry it's in it's cage it's too scared to let it out for pictures yet).

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    What a beautiful bird :)
     
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    juliefurry Rusty but Trusty

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    Thanks! I have it out now (we're just assuming it's a boy) and he's sitting on the arm of the computer chair while I type. He's being really sweet, doesn't quite yet know the up command though and still sort of scared of my hand. I'm just glad that he's willing to sit this close to me and not freak out. I think I can get him tamer though, I atleast want to teach him the up command. He likes to bite me though, not really hard just hard enough to let me know he doesn't like something. I think it's just hard for him to climb up on my hand so he has to bite a little hard to get up. They clipped his nails and I cut his wings before we brought him home today.
     
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    Barb04 Love my pets Staff Member

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    What a beautiful bird!
     
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    juliefurry Rusty but Trusty

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    here's a better picture of him, minus the cage.
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    ohhh he's so sweet. If you have any questions with him, I have an Umbrella Cockatoo and while I know they are two entirely different birds, I might be able to help you with some.
     
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    juliefurry Rusty but Trusty

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    he bites, that's the only thing I'm trying to work out, how to get him to stop bitine. If you just leave him alone he's fine, but as soon as you go to pet or pick him up he'll bite you. Not drawing blood but it's pretty hard. I'm hoping he's just not used to us yet. He was so sweet when we went to pick him up I think now he figures he can act normal agian.
     
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    Let him warm up to you. Birds are tempermental and when there is a new homing, they need to trust you before they open up to you. As with any animal, birds seem to be the most offensive at first. They are caged for the most part and depending on where they came from, caged all the time and/or abused, he needs to see that he is safe, the cage actually becomes their haven. I understand your new fellow was not abused, but even mine is caged for about 50% or more during the day and that's all they know.

    Usually when my U2 bits which is hardly ever, I will give him a time out and put him in his cage for a bit. Then in 5 mins I'll come back and say "you hurt mommy". He'll come up to the edge of the cage and lower his head and squawk. LOL he's so sweet. Then I let him out again. Try telling your bird 'ouch' or 'be careful' when you see him trying to bite, that worked with me and Reagan. Be careful works the best with us.

    Also, try keeping him in the cage and every once in a while in a soft voice just say hi sweetie or something like that. Don't just dart in and try having him step up. Give him some time to know you and feel safe. :)
     
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    juliefurry Rusty but Trusty

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    He's SO freaked of me in his cage, today I got him to except some a seed from me though. Usually if I open the cage door he will come right out, and try to get up on my shoulder right away (then he will bite and attack my ear and neck). I don't like him being on my shoulder right now because he will just try to get higher and higher up and I know birds shouldn't be higher than you are. He'll be fine out of his cage for awhile but then after like half an hour he'll get bitey and very pushy. I don't know if he was abused at all, he just wasn't taken care of. Thankfully they didn't have him very long though.
     
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    Yes you are correct on never allowing your bird to be higher than you. I always try to discourage Reagan from going on my shoulder for that reason and because I don't need a trip to the ER for stiches on my face or ear. They need to know what their 'pecking' order is within the family/flock. Just as dogs do within the family/pack.
     
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    BagelDog Not crazy...

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    I noticed in the picture the cage seems kind of bare. You should get lots of diffrent toys to hang from the top, not just perches. I know birds can get bored very easily and need to be stimulated, so give him so toys to rip up :)

    He's Adorable! He looks like a colorful parakeet, though I know he's not
     
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    that's not the cage and stuff that we bought for him. That's the cage that he lived in at the other people's house. We left him in the older cage for a day until he calmed down then we moved him into the cage that we bought for him.
     

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