GREAT advice, TrishM!
I agree on EVERYTHING!!!
Alyssa, take the bites, DON'T pull your hand back. Give her a choice of
stepping up on your hand or biting it. Keep working with her and show
her you're not afraid until she steps up. When she does, give her a BIG
show of affection and praise.
DON'T react when she bites - it will encourage her to do it more and
Offer your hand in a way that minimizes contact with soft, fleshy areas,
like the area between thumb and forefinger. Keep your hand steady.
Make her step up repeatedly. Reward her lavishly when she does.
On 11/21/04, TrishM wrote:
> Read a LOT, but use your own good judgment and common sense
> and remember that the term "expert" when it comes to birds
> is not the same as it applies to dogs and cats. People have
> been studying dogs and cats a lot longer than they have been
> studying birds. Try these links and also try a 'net search
> using "parrot behavior modification":
> Now, let's put something in perspective here ~ and i'm not
> trying to sound mean or harsh, okay? Look at the size of
> yourself. Look at the size of your bird. Consider the
> difference in the size of you and the size of the bird.
> Just how much damage is she *really* going to do to you when
> she bites? How bad does it *really* hurt when she uses her
> beak for leverage? You're dealing here with something that
> weighs *ounces* .... not a pitbull. Remember that. You
> have the ability to change your whole perspective, okay?
> How long has it been since you've taken her to the vet? If
> her beak is overgrown or overly sharp, a good avian vet can
> *properly* adjust that and it will take some of the oomph
> out of the bite or grab. Ditto with the toenails. A good
> avian vet can also offer you some tips and pointers and can
> show you the proper means of getting the bird to step up and
> down. A $65 - $85 vet visit might be some money very well
> Fear of working with her just because of a little discomfort
> is going to take you backward, instead of forward, with
> her. Downplay her negative behaviors and *consistently* and
> lavishly praise/reward her good behaviors.
> It sounds like you've made some progress with her, so you
> must be doing something right, right? =) Educate yourself
> a little more and be confident in your abilities by looking
> at how far you've already come with her! When you work with
> her or when she's sitting on your lap for playtime/snuggle
> time, have several things right at hand to offer her ~ pay
> attention to her behaviors and learn her body language ..
> and offer her something other than you to chomp! ;)
> On 11/21/04, Alyssa wrote:
>> i have a red bellied parrot, and it is the first bird i
>> have ever owned. we bought from a pet store and was very
>> afraid for about 6 months. now she is a very good girl,
>> i still have probelems when i try to get her on to my
>> she thinks everything is ok for her to bite, including my
>> hands and her beak is pretty sharp. the problem is
>> consistent, and once she caused pretty serious damage,
>> grabbing the top of my hand and not letting go. i dont
>> think it is in defense, i think she doesnt know it hurts
>> me, and she is just trying to get up by pulling herself up
>> by her beak. i dont know what to do, and im scared to
>> practice with her, because it reAlly hurts when she bites.