n 5/10/06, Kim Green wrote:
> 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.
> 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
>> 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!
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 ??????