Rehab of Hand Reared Lovebird?

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Rehab of Hand Reared Lovebird?

Post by squeaker1+ » Sat Dec 27, 2014 5:20 pm

Last March 2014 we posted details about our badly behaved hand-reared female Lovebird called Mango. Well, we've tried all sorts to moderate her behaviour, especially the biting and not being able to get her back into her house on the occasions when we dare let her out. Unfortunately, there hasn't been any significant improvement and we are now considering drastic alternatives such as re-homing in some form. One of our main concerns is that we don't know anyone who would be able to look after her whilst we are away for more than a day from home (holidays etc) especially as she tries to escape from her house when being fed & watered - an impossible combination as she bites so much. We did take her initially back to her breeders for a week when we went away but feel it's something they don't wish to repeat due to her behaviour. Mango's predecessor, Squeak, was part of the family for nearly 14 years and also out of his house for so much of the time. We feel so SAD as she is effectively a cage bird as a result of her behaviour - a situation we never wanted.

Our questions are is it possible to rehabilitate a hand-reared lovebird into an aviary situation? Also, do you think we ought to re-approach the original breeders and see if they can suggest any solution? We would really appreciate ANY feedback on our situation as you can appreciate it's impossible for us never to be away from home again in the future - fortunately, we moved last year and have spent this past year on the home front renovating or at work - but know that things will come to a head in the coming year.

Finally, we always wanted Mango to be a happy Lovebird (or whatever "happy" equates to in the Lovebird world!) so we want to do what is best for her. After all, she didn't ask to be hand reared or for that matter, come to live with us! We'd hoped she would be part of the family just like our late, great old boy Squeak was, but may be we now need to start thinking of an alternative. We look forward to hearing from you. Zoe & Dave in Norfolk

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