How to Put Lovebirds Back in Their Cage
Lovebirds are playful birds. They love staying out of their cage all the time. Tired of trying every possible method of putting your lovebirds back in their cage? Do you have an emergency on hand? Fear not, this article discusses some simple ways in which you can coax your pets into going back inside their cage.
Steps to Coax Your Lovebirds Back into Their Cage
Sometimes it's really annoying when lovebirds don't want to go inside their home or cage. In times of an emergency, there are some ways which may help you send your pet back inside his/her cage. Let's see what these are:
1. The Slow Move
- For this step, you have to first let your pet perch on your fingers.
- Slowly take him/her towards the cage.
- Put your hand inside the cage and slowly transfer your bird to one of the perches.
- Quickly remove your hand and close the door of the cage.
The above step is only possible if your lovebird is sleepy and inattentive.
2. The Balance Trick
- For this step, you have to let your pet perch upon the cage's door.
- Slowly raise your palm behind his/her back.
- Your bird is likely to jump inside on a perch as his/her balance is disturbed.
3. The Toy Trick
- Take your lovebird's favorite toy and place it behind the cage.
- Make sure your pet sees the toy.
- He/She will think that the toy is inside the cage and will rush to grab it.
- You can shut the cage door after your pet gets inside.
4. The Finger Trick
- Let your lovebird sit in front of/near the cage.
- Slowly slide your fingers into the cage bar and shake them. One finger may do the trick.
- Your lovebird will look at your fingers and jump inside the cage in an attempt to play with them.
- You can close the cage door after he/she gets inside and remove your fingers from between the cage bars.
While doing the above step, remove your fingers from between the cage bars as soon as your pet gets inside. Otherwise, it is likely that you may get a nasty bite. Birds are territorial of their cage and get protective of it easily.
5. The Food Trick
- Take your lovebird's favorite fruit or vegetable. Most lovebirds love green, leafy vegetables like spinach. One of these will do the trick.
- Place the fruit/vegetable behind the cage and move it slowly, making sure that your pet sees it.
- He/she will surely run inside the cage to grab it.
- If possible, either fix the fruit in between the cage bars or throw the spinach (if you use this) inside the cage. Your pet will be happy and think of it as a treat.
6. The Pretense Trick
- For this trick, make sure that you have something which is completely new to your pet. Maybe a small rope, or a tiny thread. Anything which can raise his/her curiosity.
- Wiggle the object in air and pretend that you're having fun. Your pet will fly towards you and will probably want to catch what you're holding in your hands.
- Slowly move it behind the cage and try to squeeze it between the cage bars.
- If your bird gets inside, you can close the cage door and remove the object from behind.
This trick is beneficial when your pet is adamant on flying away when you try to put him/her inside the cage.
My Personal Experience
To give you a little idea about how I trick my lovebird into going inside the cage, I've included two videos that were shot while I did the trick.
The first video shows how Mumu, my lovebird, isn't willing to go inside the cage despite my urging him to go. Please watch the video below.
The second video shows Mumu, my lovebird, being tricked successfully into going inside the cage.
Why Won't My Lovebird Go Inside the Cage?
The above question can be answered by looking closely at a lovebird's behavior. There are many reasons why your pet isn't interested in going back. Let us have a look at what these are:
One of the most common reasons why your pet doesn't want to go inside his/her cage is hunger. They can't tell you they're hungry, but they can give you signs. So, the next time your pet doesn't want to step inside his/her cage, trying feeding him/her.
Once he/she is well fed, you'll notice that your pet has flown inside the cage by himself/herself!
2. Desire for Attention
Lovebirds, or pets in general, want your attention all the time. They need to feel loved, pampered, and they want you to play with them. My male lovebird, Mumu, loves to sit on my shoulders and also plays by jumping on both of my knees. My female lovebird, Lulu, has begun to enjoy sitting on our shoulders recently, and she too tries to grab attention when she sits on my knees. Wanting attention is another reason why lovebirds don't want to go back to their cage.
3. They Want Scratches
One reason why your lovebird won't leave your side is because he/she might want to be scratched (in case of hand-raised ones). At times, your pet will scratch his/her head against your palm or finger. Gently scratch their head, cheeks, and neck, and you'll find him/her getting sleepy soon. Pets love scratches as they feel itchy most of the time.
4. Your Bird Wants You to Carry Her
When your pet feels sleepy, at times, he/she might want you to put them to sleep. They'll either rub their head against your palm and signal that they want to be scratched, or will become fluffy and "plop" down on you. My lovebird, Mumu, mostly loves to sleep on my thigh and on my palm at times.
After your pet falls asleep, you can gently carry and place him/her inside the cage (see step 1).
5. A Desire for Freedom
Your pet doesn't want to go inside his/her cage simply because he/she doesn't want to be caged! Your pet needs freedom, the freedom to play and fly around your house, which is his/her house as well. They love being free because it is in their basic nature.
The next time your pet troubles you while you try to put him/her inside the cage, leave the trying and let him/her enjoy. Once your pet feels that the playing or flying is enough, he/she will go inside the cage without your need to run behind.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
Questions & Answers
I have 2 untamed lovebirds. I let them out of their cage because I wanted them to have a good time. They aren't hand-raised and won't let my hands near them. They won't go back inside even to eat or sleep. I'm going on a holiday tomorrow and need to get them back in swiftly. They've never slept outside their cage or skipped meals. Normally, they go back in by themselves. What should I do? There's millet and new toys.
No, keeping them outside isn't safe. Try to take the cage (without the base only the top with the bars) and keep it on one of the birds if they're on the floor. If the cage has a perch, the bird will step on it. Similarly, you can try to keep the other bird inside as well. I've done the same with untamed/not hand-raised birds as well. They learn how to go inside themselves after a while.Helpful 4
Can I have lovebirds with budgies in one cage?
If the birds are comfortable with each other, then it's okay. Firstly, please put them in separate cages and keep the cages close by. You will get to know if they're interested in becoming friends or not if they come near their cage ends to observe each other. Let this go on for some time. If you let them out, supervise them and make sure they don't fight. Once you feel they're comfortable, shift them in one cage and see how it goes.Helpful 3
I have pommies and cats. I am afraid to let birds fly outside their cage. What do you suggest?
If your furry pets are comfortable with you and your house, they won't mind the birds. You can let them fly out and supervise the interactions between the birds, dogs, and cats. If you find discomfort, put them back in their cage. Do this on a daily basis, and your pets will get comfortable with each other.Helpful 2
I have a mated pair of Lovebirds about 8 years of age. The male is very sweet and affectionate. The female has become very abusive to him and is getting worse. Should I just separate them? He gets stressed and it's gotten worse recently she has started to bite me and has drawn blood from me and him. Can I just mate him with someone else? Separate them? I'm not sure what is happening, they still preen each other and spend time together. Any ideas?
Please keep them separate cages for some minutes and see what happens when you put them back together. I think the female might be undergoing a molt or must be about to lay an egg (both cases make them hormonal and depressed/aggressive, some birds react to it differently than others. Is she eating well? Please add some multivitamins in their water bowl. Please keep a close watch on them.Helpful 1
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