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Random biting
« on: May 12, 2016, 03:00:07 PM »

Help needed again lol

Bit of background - Harli is now 9 months old and is coming on really well. Has great big cage with lots of toys, pellet diet with fresh veg, little bit of fruit and occasional almond or walnut each day and loves his food.

He comes out each morning at 8.30 (has 12 hours bedtime) and is out with hubby for around 2/3 hours, back in cage for a while then same in afternoon. After tea he has an hour or so with me until bed.

He loves his Daddy (although doesnt mind me as long as I remember I am only staff) and is very affectionate with him. Will go to Hubby for scritches and attention and always call to him.

Problme is he will be happily playing with something when he suddenly decides to bite Hubby. These are not 'holding on' squeezes they actually break the skin.

He has tried stern, low No with a dirty look and also 'laddering' as recommended in the articles but this just seems to make Harli mad as he will really try and bite then.

He will try and bite me if he thinks I am putting him back in cage but if I say no he stops and has never really hurt or broken skin. It really upsets HUbby as he doesnt know why it happens (really loves this bird lol)

Any tips would be really appreciated as always   
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Re: Random biting
« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2016, 07:42:55 PM »

Hi, just wondering if you ever got to the bottom of Harlis biting, does he still do it?

I know with Jasper, and I've noticed with Xavier too, if they're playing with a toy, box or paper and I get too close, they will lunge out and well, its more of a grab than actual bite, but sometimes jasper will bite hard. I think they get carried away in playing, maybe they don't mean to bite. Harli is still young and learning, so I'd persevere and continue with the firm 'no' then pretend to ignore him, he will learn that biting means no interaction x
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Re: Random biting
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2016, 04:00:47 PM »

Hi, he did actually get worse, was really biting Hubby and would seem to just randomly go for him (sure Harli knew why but we couldnt work it out) He then started moulting and in the last week seems to be retunring to his old self. Is really chatty and pushes his head under Hubby's hand for scratches. Had a couple of nips but think that was when he didnt read Harli's signals enough and carried on scratching when Harli had finished lol.

Have been telling him 'easy' when he gets hold and seems to have worked. Sure he will still have his moments but thinking it was related to his moult maybe.

His talking is really coming on tho, makes me laugh as he knows he is not allowed to bite the beads on the blinds so will say 'bad bird' have a quick nibble on them then let go and run off saying What a good boy :-)
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Re: Random biting
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2016, 04:07:13 PM »

Yes it could have been his molt as some birds can be grumpy with all that itching, and dealing with new feathers and all x

He sounds lovely, and glad it's working out :)
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