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Re: What do you do about biting

Posted by Dee on 12/28/05
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    Hi Kristine:
    I'm not sure all you've tried, but I can try and help. It's
    not so unusual for birds to get cage aggressive. The only
    two tried and true methods I've used are to
    1) stick/perch train her.
    2) allow her to crawl out of the cage herself
    3) the most painful, but also most effective, offer her a
    knuckle to gnaw on. I have worked tirelessly to make each
    and every parrot know that bites don't intimidate me. It's
    not an easy thing to do though because bites can be painful.

    Don't allow a biting bird to perch on your shoulder though.
    Especially on your daughter. Forearm only...for your

    On 12/28/05, Kristine wrote:
    > Hi,
    > We got our quaker about 4 months ago. She goes through
    > stages where she bites a lot. She even bites you when you
    > try to pick her up out of the cage to hold her. I have
    > started having to wear gloves to hold her. Now she has
    > started biting my daughter's ears when she is holding her.
    > I read that you should just distract them when they bite
    > and we have tried doing that, but it does not seem to be
    > working. It is to the point I am leaving her in her cage
    > most of the time because I am tired of being bitten.
    > Do any of you have some good suggestions to stop this bad
    > behavior?
    > Kristine