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African gray parrot began to bite
« on: May 26, 2015, 04:46:39 AM »

I have gray African parrot manually fed with a 27 months, has recently begun to bite attack me when I want to catch him in the hand .. it had not worked .juce I tried to put a leash even though it already put almost two years, but he's not wearing it after attempts I gave up after 10 minutes I approached him with his hand that gets in it and he gave me a bloody bit me, I inquired as to the problem in words and was informed that as soon as the bird of prey catch him and Nazem you must not bite and to lock him up in a cage as punishment, I tried a couple of times but still everything is the same, pray for guidance and assistance


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Re: African gray parrot began to bite
« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2015, 05:38:03 AM »

Hi and welcome
Forts can i ask does your bird prefer your partner or anyone else and only bite you ?
They are known to choose one sex or even one person as they mature
Plus biting is something they all do in their life
We've just got to learn to read their body language
And as for putting him in a cage as punishment his is a big no x

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Re: African gray parrot began to bite
« Reply #2 on: May 26, 2015, 10:14:30 AM »

Firstly I see we've got a language and cultural problem. Next that's not really a bite.

First thing is if the parrot is just over 2 years old then it's approaching sexual maturity and is trying to find its place in the flock. Next if I understand correctly it's been hand-reared for a while. Hand-rears need educating in what is acceptable behaviour and what isn't, as carers that is our job!

Next parrots bite for 3 reasons territorial aggression, learned aggression, fear aggression. So determine which it is?

Now I suspect going on bits mentioned you're in the old mind set and trying to dominate. No-no you can't do this, you have to gain trust, parrots work best with trust. I suspect as you're forcing this is fear aggression. As you mentioned you once could harness and get it(think your grabbing another no-no ask to step up) it could also be the beginning of learned aggression.

Getting bit is an owners problem not a parrots. My girl just grabbed a pen, she mouthed me to let me know she didn't want to let go. This is because she knows what is acceptable and what is not.

I suspect I've written a fair bit that won't Google translate. If possible I'd try to find someone who reads English to help you understand.

Stop trying to dominate, start building trust, teach what is and isn't acceptable, with positive reinforcement.
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