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Re: biting lovebird (again)

Posted by bella on 5/10/06
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    n 5/10/06, Kim Green wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I agree with what Andie wrote. My birds were biting a lot. But
    > only when they were little. Now they seem to do it less often.
    > They are 7 weeks old. I hope it will get even better.
    >
    > Kim.
    >
    > On 5/10/06, Andie wrote:
    >> I have found that the handfed lovebirds are especially fond of
    >> biting. Remember, hands are what fed them when they were
    >> little, and they never had their parents to teach them not to
    >> bite. You have to be their parent and teach them that biting
    >> is a no no. There are neumerous things you can try. You'll
    >> just have to try them and figure out what works best for your
    >> bird. Pinching the beak lightly while saying "NO," time out
    >> when "No bite" doesn't work. The earthquake method works for
    >> some. Shake your hand up and down lightly to get the bird off
    >> balance when it bites while saying "no bite." Make sure you
    >> include a verbal command with whatever method you do. That
    > way
    >> it will get to associate the words with the action, and
    >> eventually you should just have to use the words.
    >>
    >> Some are very persistent though and don't care what method you
    >> use, they just like to bite (I know, I have one =). The good
    >> news is they do tend to grow out of it, if not completely then
    >> for the most part. Be patient and it will pay off. Good luck!
    >>
    >> Andie

    Thanks for the tips. I just have to be consistent with the time
    outs because right now 'no bite' doesn't always work. Hopefully
    time will help too. He is a sweet little bird but would be even
    sweeter if he didn't bite. I am getting a timneh soon so I am sure
    I will have worse things to worry about- like keeping my lovebird
    from harming the new young grey. Any advise on that ??????
    bella