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Re: Help With Biting Parrots
« Reply #20 on: October 17, 2010, 02:50:51 AM »

To all parents of biting birds... I can only recommend, establishing, you are the parrent! Whatever you do, remove your bird from his safety net. Practice step up, step down. If bird bites, send them into time out. Repeat time out, as often as you need!
     In the end,your bird knows , you make the decisions. Nancy
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Re: Help With Biting Parrots
« Reply #21 on: October 17, 2010, 08:21:46 AM »

Kins, are you a parrot behavourist?  The reason I'm asking is because you have said you can help a lot of people on here.  I've never found that time out as you describe will work, you need to know why your bird is biting, not "punish" him for doing something that is in self defence.

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Re: Help With Biting Parrots
« Reply #22 on: October 17, 2010, 09:16:40 AM »

Where would you send them for a time out because I always understood that putting them back in the cage wouldn't be effective because the cage would be seen as a punishment?
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Re: Help With Biting Parrots
« Reply #23 on: October 17, 2010, 02:27:48 PM »

Thats a good article Debbie x

I agree with the "stickys" section folks.
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Re: Help With Biting Parrots
« Reply #24 on: October 17, 2010, 02:56:57 PM »

I agree, the last thing you want to do is make the cage an object of punishment  :thumbsup:
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Re: Help With Biting Parrots
« Reply #25 on: October 17, 2010, 03:04:20 PM »

I hate to say it but it all sounds very negative to me.  I prefer the praise the good, ignore the bad method, that works well for many people.

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« Reply #26 on: October 26, 2010, 08:42:10 PM »

I agree with Plukie, Ignore the bad, Praise the good behaviour, it is a recognised system,will even work with humans.
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Re: Help With Biting Parrots
« Reply #27 on: February 14, 2011, 03:31:26 AM »

Lyn 123   I know how difficult it is, to deal with biting birds. Sunny our rescue, ten years ago, would fly across the room, go for the jugular. I had no idea how to deal with him. He was out of rescue homes. He met my son at daycare at age nine.... met my son and LOVED HIM! I didn't have birds, was asked to let Sunny live here, as he picked my son. I had a hard time with the decision, I knew he would be euthanized, if I didn't agree. I did. I explained to my son, it would be ":temporary". I don't believe in cages, or zoos. If Sunny could adjust to my rules, he could live here. Number one rule... no closed cage.Sunny actually liked this rule. When we first got him, I developed pneumonia, and slept on the couch. Sunny's cage was in the same room. Got use to me being on the couch. His door was opened, I talked to him all the time. He eventually came out to meet me on the couch. When I eventually went up to my bed, Sunny flew up to find me. Within two weeks, Sunny trusted me. He has trusted me for past ten years, but still loves Ryan the most. Kiki came next, baby Amazon, then Sophie. Thruout all our new additions, all get along, including dogs. It is always a constant battle, to be the "senior decision maker".... it is great, that kids respect and support me, so birds rarely question decisions. It is alot of responsibility.Just being a parent!   Nancy
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Re: Help With Biting Parrots
« Reply #28 on: February 14, 2011, 07:24:29 AM »

You're lucky to have found it to be as easy as that Nancy!!  Going from a bird that went for the jugular   :panic:  to following you within 2 weeks sounds like a rare occurance to me!

You do make it sound a hell of a lot easier than it is - I know from experience!
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Re: Help With Biting Parrots
« Reply #29 on: February 20, 2011, 06:42:04 PM »

hello people, my African  is 10 years old i had him for about 4 months now and i am this 2nd owner, he is getting use to us now and he steps on to u most of the time, but the old moments he has sat on my shoulder and with no reason bites my ear and god that hurts and he has made me bleed !! why is he doing this ??
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Re: Help With Biting Parrots
« Reply #30 on: February 20, 2011, 06:48:34 PM »

Because he can  :rofl: :rofl:
Sorry but that's the way it is, they can be very temperamental and even the most tame Grey will bite occasionally  :biggrin:
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Re: Help With Biting Parrots
« Reply #31 on: February 20, 2011, 07:43:50 PM »

It is best not to have him on your shoulder, keep him at chest or below level.

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« Reply #32 on: February 20, 2011, 07:46:14 PM »

What are you doing when he bites.  Nico will bite if I have something in my hand that she wants :panic: :panic:
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« Reply #33 on: February 20, 2011, 08:08:35 PM »

he would just climb up to shoulder, cant keep him lower he likes to be high and i did spray him with a bottle to wash him down and it was a light spray and about 20 min before he climbed on me, i was about to but him on top of this cage what i have been doing, with no issues then this time when i got close to the cage he bit my ear :(
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Re: Help With Biting Parrots
« Reply #34 on: February 20, 2011, 08:36:57 PM »

He is probably telling you that he doesn't want to go back to his cage. Just a guess tho.

When Nico lands on my shoulder I tell her no, put my hand up and say "step up". I then carry her back to her stand.  She is almost at the stage where when she flies towards me and I say no she turns round and goes back to her stand. When she does that I give her a treat  :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Help With Biting Parrots
« Reply #35 on: February 20, 2011, 09:11:20 PM »

He likes to be high because then he is higher than you, it's a dominance thing.  If you are going to do any sort of training with him, you will need to have him at chest height and really, it's best to try and keep him at that sort of level.  You are the boss, he has to know that otherwise he's going to run you ragged.

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« Reply #36 on: February 20, 2011, 09:51:47 PM »

Thank you so much for this article, I am a new Grey owner and this article has really helped me.

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« Reply #37 on: March 02, 2011, 09:12:41 AM »

Having read this article last night I thought I would follow the instructions re distracting there attention with the left hand while getting them to step up onto the right. All went well until I tried it with Syd, she has obviously read the same article and didn't fall for it at all as shown by the hole on the index finger on my right hand. We final got there as she had become bored with biting me. Round two to follow later today.
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Re: Help With Biting Parrots
« Reply #38 on: March 02, 2011, 09:58:10 AM »

Oh dear, poor finger!

I've tried it with Flint when he lowers his head when I ask him to step up. It really seems to work - he gets distracted and steps up before he knows whats happened!
Doesn't mean he still wont have a go at my arm once he on there tho  :rofl:
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Re: Help With Biting Parrots
« Reply #39 on: March 02, 2011, 11:38:38 AM »

I will not be beaten on this one Lesley, however I may be eaten  :cheekywink: I am the boss  :baseballbat: well apart from with the wife that is. How can something so small create so much pain, the bird that is not the wife bless her
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