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Re: Just starting to bite

Posted by Jeff Reed on 8/15/11
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    On 7/11/11, Elle Mott wrote:
    > On 3/07/11, alexmiota wrote:
    >> I have a 3 year old umbrella cockatoo. When I got her 3
    >> months ago she was very sweet and I could trust her. Now
    >> that my wife has been taking care of her during the day
    >> when I am at work she has taken to biting me sometimes
    > very
    >> hard. She can be a real sweetheart but then turn into a
    >> devil bird and I would very much like to deal with this
    >> problem before it gets worse. Is there anything I can do
    > to
    >> keep her from acting this way toward me. I have never been
    >> afraid of birds but this one now makes me uneasy. I am not
    >> afraid of her but have to be on my toes and watch her like
    >> a hawk now that she has gotten unpredictable with me
    > It sounds like your cockatoo has reached sexual maturity and
    > has bonded with your wife. The problem with parrots I find
    > it that for some reason they decide they like a male or a
    > female person and usually only that person can handle them.
    > I have been working with all different species of parrots
    > for over 25 years. I have never found parrots to be a pass
    > around pet like you see at Theme parks. I think for those
    > purposes they use very young had fed babies and as they get
    > alittle older they must be replaced. This probably gives
    > people a false perspective about the true nature of parrots.
    > I doubt you're going to change this behavior. We've had
    > parrots that came to our sanctuary as babies and from the
    > start decided they only wanted males to hold them or
    > females. You are correct on protecting yourself from the
    > bites of the parrot because a cockatoo can cause serous
    > injury with their sharp beaks. In a home environment, I
    > would recommend keeping flight feather cut to prevent the
    > parrot from flying at you and attacking. Parrots don't nip
    > they bite with their powerful beaks. Don't get me wrong I
    > love parrots for all their qualities but ultimately you have
    > to respect them for the wild animals that they truly are.
    I have a 4 yr old male and he is my babie but I live in a house
    with 6 kids and 2 dogs and 1 cat. My cockatoo bites others but
    he is not mean he just wants every ones Attention.. He also was
    so much sweeter before me matured but most times I find that he
    loves everyone and but if you show fear he can tell..