How to Make Your Bird More Friendly

One complaint that I often hear from bird owners is that their birds are simply not friendly enough for their liking. The thing is, when this is the case, it is most often a problem on the owner's part rather than the bird's! Luckily, there is plenty that can be done to help you and your bird see eye to eye. Take a look at the tips below and you'll find some easy ways that you can convince your bird to be a little more sociable toward you. With patience, practice, and sometimes, it's likely that you'll begin to see a real change in the way that your feathered friend chooses to interact with you.

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    Go to the vet for a check up.

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    This seems unrelated to the task of helping your anti-social bird become more friendly, but the truth of the matter is that underlying health issues can have a real impact on your bird's personality. Think about it -- are you on your best behavior when you don't feel good? Birds can be the same way! Taking your bird for a check-up with your avian vet can help you make sure that there aren't any medical issues standing in the way of your building a better relationship with your feathered friend. Once your bird has a clean bill of health, you can proceed with some of the other work outlines below.

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    Teach Your Bird a Trick

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    Again, this tip can seem like it wouldn't do much good, but the truth is that taking the time to teach your pet a bird trick, even a simple, easy one, can do a great deal to make you look better in your bird's eyes. Training sessions take time, and spending more time with your bird is essential to the bonding process. Plus, the act of working on something and then finally achieving it -- together -- can go far in improving your relationship with your bird.

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    Handle Your Bird Every Day

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    This is one that you have probably heard over and over again, but it is very important for bird owners to take the time to handle their birds every day. Why? Because handling your bird requires personal, one-on-one time to be spent with your pet, and forces both of you to interact with each other more intimately. When a bird owner comes to me with a problem concerning their bird's behavior, nine times out of ten I find that the bird isn't being handled nearly often enough -- and usually, adding more handling time into the bird's schedule is all that it takes to turn things around.

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    Share a Meal With Your Bird

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    The way to many creatures' hearts is through their stomachs, and birds are no exception. If you're having trouble interacting with your pet bird, try some good old fashioned bribery and set up a meal of fresh fruits and veggies to share with your bird. Sharing food is a normal and natural behavior among birds in a flock, and is likely to help your bird start seeing you as a family member. Just remember to stay away from any foods that could be poisonous to your feathered friend!

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    Make Sure Your Bird Has Plenty of Toys

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    Birds that are bored and under-stimulated are likely to become despondent and in some cases, unruly. Certainly, a bored and depressed bird isn't going to be thrilled about spending time with others! If you are having issues with your bird's behavior, make sure that he or she has access to plenty of safe and fun bird toys, and rotate them out of the cage often so that your pet doesn't tire of playing with the same old things. You might be surprised to see how quickly new toys can turn a bird's mood around!