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Nipping/Biting
« on: November 11, 2011, 09:30:03 PM »

Hi there i know i am already asking quite a few questions but i am unsure what to do on this one (as i am on many other questions i have either asked or will ask in future)

Venus came hometoday and i understand she is still settling BUT i want to sip something in the bud now before it potentially causes majour problems...

At the moment she is nipping me... nothing that hurts but im not sure what to do when it gets to the point when its a little harder but still dont hurt!!! Do i say OW (as if she actually has hurt me) or no (in a slightly stern voice)

i dont want to give her mixed signals but i want to know what to do that will help keep her on the right track and like i said resolve this "issue" before it gets any worse...

Any advice is much appreciated!!! Thank you :bye:
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Re: Nipping/biting
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2011, 09:35:04 PM »

its best to give no reaction verbally
maybe put her on her stand, turn your back and leave her for a few seconds
some give a dirty look, iv never had to deal with this with the babies iv had as one has never bitten me and the other hated me from the off  :rofl:
i wil say she likes me now and i dnt get bitten either  :thumbsup:
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Re: Nipping/biting
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2011, 09:43:07 PM »

Different things work for different people.
I say NO! in a stern but still low voice and walk away..................... Most of the time  :rofl:

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Re: Nipping/biting
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2011, 10:22:04 PM »

 :eggThabo has always been a bit of a biter and at the start cause I didn't know anything diff I would shout out cause it hurt now I flex my fist at him in his face and he puts his head down and we scratch but he still shouts out ouch ouch cause of me
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Re: Nipping/biting
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2011, 08:53:26 AM »

She is a baby and she is trying it on to see how far she can go.  Don't forget they have to test the surface before they step on it as well, the only way they do that is with their beak, so what might look like she is going to bite you, might just be her testing to see if your hand is steady enough for her to stand on.  If, of course she is really nipping you then yes, you have to stop that now and the way I would do it is to do as Mandi said, no reaction verbally, but just put her back onto a perch, somewhere.  Like a naughty perch, not in her cage though, you don't want her to associate her cage with punishment, that has to be a fun place.  She bites, you say nothing, put her back on her perch, turn your back and walk away.

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Re: Nipping/biting
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2011, 01:08:01 PM »

Does this count if she is nipping/eating/nibbling our ear???

more so why is she doing this???
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Re: Nipping/biting
« Reply #6 on: November 12, 2011, 01:46:54 PM »

Does this count if she is nipping/eating/nibbling our ear???

more so why is she doing this???

She will bite at your ear it's something most will do, so if you don't want that, then you must stop having her on your shoulder.

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Re: Nipping/biting
« Reply #7 on: November 12, 2011, 02:04:01 PM »

quite honestly we thought it was quite cute, but we just wanted to make sure this was normal and wasnt going to turn in to aggression, this is our first grey and as much as we have done as much "research" possible we just want to make sure we get everything right the first time and felt the best way was to learn from the experience from other people like yourselves
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Re: Nipping/biting
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2011, 02:33:34 PM »

A bite on the ear is extremely painful, it will mostly always cause you to bleed and it's very hard to not shout out in pain or flick the birdie off because of the pain you're in, so for those reasons it's not advised to have your birds on your shoulder, obviously some of us still do (me included) but we know the consequences of doing so and also know just how bad a bite there feels like, and yes your parrot could also take a good size chunk out of your ear too, rip earrings from your ear etc.

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Re: Nipping/biting
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2011, 02:55:58 PM »

Cute?  omg, I know if I let Charlie on my shoulder and he bit my ear even in play, it wouldn't be cute!  :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

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Re: Nipping/biting
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2011, 03:58:03 PM »

at the moment it seems to be nibbling and if she starts to apply too much pressure, we do say no and move her beak away, and she seems to respond quite well to that, and she starts to be gentle again.

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Re: Nipping/biting
« Reply #11 on: November 12, 2011, 07:21:41 PM »

Baby bites are usually gentle but they don't stay gentle for long. From experience I can tell you that the first time she's on your shoulder and that baby nibble turns into an adult bite you will have real tears in your eyes.

I hold up my hand, say no and walk off when she bites. It seems to work. She reserves all the bits for hubby now :)
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Re: Nipping/Biting
« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2011, 11:22:20 PM »

i am new to greys really but can only tell you about my baby, when i bought him home he was nipping me all the time we have had him now for 4 weeks and he has stopped doing this i think it was more to do with the hand feeding then nipping is there anychance you could take a video of him doing it, so maybe you could get some of the others to look and see if it is just baby stuff if you know what i mean
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« Reply #13 on: November 13, 2011, 11:18:51 AM »

i will try and get a video as soon as possible... unfortunatley thats all i can say...
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Re: Nipping/Biting
« Reply #14 on: November 13, 2011, 11:37:26 AM »

hiya richard and natasha

if venus is still only a baby lets say between 12 and 20 weeks old. what he or she is most likely doing is begging for food not trying to bite or nip. it can be mistaken for biting this is something not to worry about as there usually stop doing this but it might take a few weeks. and don't worry venus is most likely not hungry either its just something that nearly all baby greys do.
i will be posting a video of little oliver been fed later today and i will show you what i mean its just something baby greys do when there see your hand or fingers  go near there mouths there think oh good food yum yum ,,,
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« Reply #15 on: November 13, 2011, 01:08:49 PM »


i will be posting a video of little oliver been fed later today and i will show you what i mean its just something baby greys do when there see your hand or fingers  go near there mouths there think oh good food yum yum ,,,

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« Reply #16 on: November 13, 2011, 02:25:19 PM »

hiya richard and natasha

if venus is still only a baby lets say between 12 and 20 weeks old. what he or she is most likely doing is begging for food not trying to bite or nip. it can be mistaken for biting this is something not to worry about as there usually stop doing this but it might take a few weeks. and don't worry venus is most likely not hungry either its just something that nearly all baby greys do.
i will be posting a video of little oliver been fed later today and i will show you what i mean its just something baby greys do when there see your hand or fingers  go near there mouths there think oh good food yum yum ,,,

thank you for your reply... i know i have said a couple of times i will put the video of Venus biting us and i keep meaning to but when she does it forget about the camera... so it would be nice to see what baby oliver does to see if its the same thing...

Thank you for your response and as i said if she is nipping due to "food" then it gives us peace of mind that this will soon stop even though we dont mind as its not actuall biting and it dont hurt...  again cant wait to see the video...
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