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Re: Cockatiel biting

Posted by karen on 9/05/07
(4) Comments

    On 9/04/07, Trena wrote:
    > Hi,
    > I have owned tiels before, and I love them. But I had one
    > while ago, and so did my sister, but we kept them in the
    > same cage. Anyway, one day my tiel flew off of my hand and
    > landed on the ground, so I scooped it up like I had done
    > many times before, and all of the sudden it bit ahold of
    > figer, and would not let go of me. I sat there for like 30
    > seconds waiting for my bird to let go of me. I tried to
    > it to let go, but it wouldn't. But it finaly did. So after
    > that mess I put him back in his cage and took care of my
    > finger, witch was bleeding pretty bad, and hurting like
    > crazy. Anyway, after all of the "excitment", I let him
    > in the cage that night and got him back out that next
    > morning, and he tried to bite me again. I waited even
    > longer and tried it again....but he still tried to bite
    > Why do you think this was? Was it maybe because we had 2
    > birds in together and they bonded and just didn't like me
    > anymore? I am thinking of getting another one, but I think
    > I'm only gonna get 1 this time and maybe it will bond with
    > me. Thanks!

    I never “scoop” up a bird.
    How would you feel if a giant came stomping toward you
    and “scooped” you up!
    The bird reacted with fear. You have to gain trust back.
    If I have to pick one of my boys up I calmly & slowly walk
    to about 4ft away squat down and let them take a step toward
    me to step up.
    If the bird was hand tame back off a little and hand it a
    few treats to gain trust again. take a little time
    A fast or aggressive movement will frighten many birds.
    Remember they are prey creatures and are hard wired with the
    idea that someone wants to eat them!
    If you get “clamped” on by a small bird try putting the
    birds’ feet on a solid surface this will normally get them
    to let go.
    There in no reason to think that you can not gain its trust
    again, just go a little slower.