On 6/15/10, Laura wrote:
Honeydew may be getting broody (although she seems a bit young for that);
when they go into egg-laying mode they can become hormonal & behave
aggressively. She also has to be taught, ALWAYS without any physical
punishment whatsoever, that when she bites , then she loses her privileges.
When she bites, you need to not yell at her, but simply put her in cage & close
door so she can't get out. Leave her there for about 45 minutes to an hour. Be
consistent, do this EVERY time she bites & she'll eventually learn that biting is
going to stop her fun & freedom. The worst thing you can do is get angry & yell.
That's positive reinforcement. She WANTS a reaction is why she's biting; even if
it's a negative reaction. Don't give her what she wants & eventually she'll stop.
> Honeydew, my young Senegal (about 4-5 months) seems to be
> developing a bit of moodiness. Usually, she enjoys sitting
> on my chest, stomach, shoulder, or hand to accept caresses
> and attention. However, on occasion, and seemingly without
> provocation, she will lash out and bite hard enough to draw
> blood on my lips or face. She does this most often to my
> mother but also attacks me, my sister, and father, who are
> her "favorite" people in the house. Is she just a moody
> youth? Or is there some underlying cause I'm missing? Thank you.