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Biting Parrots
« on: December 23, 2015, 10:26:08 PM »

Please can anybody help? I have recently taken ownership of  a seven year old African grey parrot. He is settling in nicely, will take food from us whilst in his cage. However he has a real vicious streak in him and can give a nasty bite when he wants to. He stabs violently at us when he doesn't want any food. He is also very protective about his cage which makes cleaning it a hazard all the time. I have to put long gauntlets on to clean his perches which make him even worse. He will not come out of his cage either despite us leaving his cage door open most of the time. I thought that after four weeks he would settle but if anything it's getting worse. It is very hard to have any interaction whilst he's attacking the cage. I'm finding this really hard to deal with. We really like this parrot but can't help feeling that we have been given an unmanageable individual. Does anyone have any hints ? I live in South Tyneside is if there is anyone locally or an avian vet locally I would be grateful. 


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Re: Biting Parrots
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2015, 11:35:44 PM »

You've taken on handful. A few have biters, my initial thought is do you have it in you? I honestly hope you have for his sake.

You say we've been given an unmanageable bird. He stabs violently at us when he doesn't want food. Then gauntlet up..

Can he be changed, of course are you guaranteed to have a cuddly parrot nope. You'll make compromises, and find a way to work it out. It's not about forcing or shoving a hand expecting food to be enough of a drive. Fear is their primary drive, predator threat. Have you truly earnt his trust, earn his trust. Encourage him out, learn his boundary where is a hand allowed and when. Many teach them to step up on other things. Or touch stick to get them somewhere.

He's only unmanageable if you don't want to manage him. Do you know what he's been through. You could be taking on problems that you've inherited.

Time and patience will build trust aim is not to put them in a position where biting is the outcome. You teach the good and ignore the bad.


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Re: Biting Parrots
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2015, 02:46:20 AM »

Its quite daunting when they bite, but as hard as it may sound, you need to show no fear or reaction, you could be starting a cycle of bite - reaction - bite more. Its fun for them if you flinch or shout, and in a similar vein, if you are nervous he will sense that and bite.

Have you had parrots before? They need careful handling and as Stef said you might have inherited problems, do you know his background?

Also 4 weeks is no time really, you'll probably have to have patience a bit longer. He may be cage aggressive, thats his safe place and you're invading it. Don't force yourself on him unnecessarily.

They are very sensitive creatures, you kind of have to become a mind reader. Please don't give up on him, its causes them no end of trauma.

You are in a great place for help though, between us we've experienced pretty much every scenario :) keep going, they are so worth it. 

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« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2015, 11:45:08 AM »

 I fully agree with what the others have told you
You've not had the bird long and they do take a lot of time to settle and what as this bird been through in its past life.?
We own a very cage aggressive bird whos 34 plus. Weve had him 8yrs and weve learned to cope.
 He was caged for 3yrs in a cockatiel size cage with a lump of cardboard in the bottom and a mirror by his last owners.!!!! But we tend to clean em out when he is out the cage which once you can get him doing this will make things far more easy.
 Our bird is fine out the cage, but inside it hes a tiger eg your in my space !!!
.Please go to Parrot Diaries on this forum and look for Festers Diary/Tims Diary and you will read how we cope with some of our birdie problems.
You've not told us any history of your bird eg is he cage aggressive, because hes been caged for so long and never let out.How many owners has he had. It probs not his fault hes cage aggressive. Stick with this forum and we will help and advise you the best we can.
If you start to buy the Parrots mag ( WH Smiths big branches or Pets at Home) you will often find a list of avian vets in the uk .Or you can contact The Parrot Society and if your a member or not they will give you this information.      .Hope all this lot helps you
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