Re: Cockatiel biting
Posted by Trena on 9/05/07
On 9/05/07, karen wrote:
> On 9/04/07, Trena wrote:
>> 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.
I'm sorry I didn't spessify this, but my bird bit me like
20mins after I picked him up. I didn't really scoop him up, I
just slowly walked up to him, bent down and put one hand on the
ground. He didn't try to climd up so I took my other hand and
made like a little cup and he stepped up in my hands. Does this
make any differents? He was perfectly calm for about 20mins
after I picked him up, I just didn't know if the whole "falling
on the ground and be picked back up" thing ment anything.