If a bird is biting you hard, hissing towards you, running or flying away from you, avoiding eating the treats you give him or her, it is a sign that the bird doesn’t trust you and may hate you to some extent. The great thing is with suitable patience & love you can win them over.
A bird can act mean towards people when they don’t feel comfortable with them or they there is something about that person that is confusing them. The best way to tackle birds when they are mean is to be patient and compassionate.
Dont take it personally that the bird is acting mean towards you. They are very much sensitive to the environment around them and the people they see daily and the kind of routine they follow every day. SO slight variations or changes in any of those things can make them act in a different way.
Let’s take a deeper look at this topic.
Signs that show that your bird dislikes you
1. The bird doesn’t want to be handled by you
They move away from you and the more you try to pet them they try to move further away from you. If a bird is running away from you that’s a sign that the bird is scared of you and doesn’t trust you enough.
Trying to grab him or her forcefully and running after them will worsen the situation and will make them feel more traumatized. You should only hold them when they are tamed and want to get handled by you.
2. The bird is trying to bite you genuinely and not trying to nibble you softly
Hissing, yelling, trying to bite hard, and then flying away from you is a sign of a traumatized bird that is not feeling comfortable with you.
Reasons why You Bird May Hate You
1. The Bird is seeing you not as a friend but as a predator
That’s the main reason why they are not able to like you because they are not sure that you won’t hurt them. If you are forcing your love on them it can be really problematic. They have no surety of the fact that you won’t hurt them. This happens when you newly bring them home. Only time can sort this problem out, you need to be patient.
2. The Bird has a traumatized experience in the past
When you bring birds home, you have o idea how the bird was treated previously in the places it stayed. It is probable that the other bird caregivers should have been harsh towards them which can have led them to lose faith in humans.
So its quite normal that they will have serious trust issues for humans. You just need to provide them suitable love and care however it is important to provide them a blanket of privacy as well.
3. The Bird Is suffering from loneliness
This problem arises when you are not spending enough time with them. It is very much important that you dedicate a certain time of the day on a regular basis to interact and play with them.
Birds don’t handle stress as well as loneliness very well as they are susceptible to falling into a depression that can have a serious impact on their health.
Also spending time with the bird will allow him or her to trust you more, get acquainted with you more. This is particularly a very important factor to consider in the earlier days of its arrival in the house.
4. You are not giving them enough privacy
It is important that you give your birds some degree of privacy. You shouldn’t try hanging out with them all day. Also at the night, you should never just burger into their space and switch on the lights or talk loudly. It will disturb their sleep and can affect their mood.
You can consider using a cage cover and use it to cover two sides of the cage. Doing that will help in making them feel much cozzier and will minimize their exposure to light and sounds around them.
5. The Bird is going through a molting process
Molting is a natural phase in the bird”s lifecycle that happens at least twice a year. It is the process by which they get their older feathers to get replaced with newer ones. Molting is a very stressful part of a bird’s life as it uses up loads of its energy. So during these times of the year, they will be quiet, lazy, and moody. So they won’t be receptive to your love and may show signs of irritability.
It’s important to leave them alone and don’t try to push them very much provided they are not showcasing signs of other health distress.
6. Dont shout at your birds
Birds often have no idea about why you are shouting at them. If the bird ends up doing something they should have done, say for example may have bitten you hard, don’t shout at them. This is because if you shout, the bird will understand that biting will catch your attention and they will do it again.
So instead, just tell them something boldly, like “No BIrdie” or “Bad Bird” and put it off your hand, back into the cage. Leave the room for some time. This will signal to them that such actions will lead to getting back into the cage so they won’t try to repeat that. However such practices take time and it is important to be patient.
How to make your birds like you?
You can feel that your bird hates you in the beginning days, right after you have brought the bird home. They don’t trust you and everything is new to them. So they are in a cranky mood feeling anxious, confused, and lost. Moreover, they see this giant animal trying to touch them.
So it’s obvious that they will feel scared. They feel that they are prey and you are the predator. You need to gain their trust slowly and only then they will start liking you.
- You need to understand something, birds don’t have any reason to hate you.
- You need to try thinking about everything from their perspective to better understand them instead of thinking from your end only.
Giving them time is important and letting them slowly get habituated with having you around is the key. You need to be patient and not try hard to be friends with the bird.
Taming a bird is important and it is only then they will behave differently otherwise by natural instinct they are just wild birds who are programmed to not trust anyone outside of their flock, especially animals who are larger than them in size.
- Dont go into the cage to grab the bird out. Leave the cage doors open for a while, sweetly call their name, and wait for them to come out.
- Spend a lot of time with them at least initially to let them know that you mean no harm. Read kids “s stories to them. The key is to continuously talk with them in a sweet manner so that they get acquainted with you and your soft voice. Sing to them if you want.
- OFfer the bird treats. It can be fruits or veggies they like or seeds…anything they love to eat, from time to time award them with a treat. Initially, the bird won’t eat the treat off your hands but later on, it will.
You can try eating the same fruit or veggie the bird loves to eat as a treat in front of them. This helps in building better rapport.
It takes time to build a strong bond with your bird. They are smart creatures and can pick up stuff pretty easily. You just need to be patient and prove yourself to them that you are just a friend and not someone who wants to harm them. The process can take multiple months. You will start seeing the results after a few weeks.