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Re: What do you do about biting

Posted by Angela on 5/18/06
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    I can only speak from my experience with my 1.5 year old Quaker
    male, but I don 't reach into the cage. Quakers tend to protect
    their area and I give him that respect. What I do is open the
    door and say "wanna come out" and if he does which is most of
    the time, he'll start saying "step up step up step up" and
    will come to the door and wait to step up. I do not allow him
    to until I've given the command. When he is away from his cage
    we talk and play a nice game of Get your Toes, Get your nose,
    where I am the "getter" and he loves this. I think distraction
    is the key, if your bird is bored and doesn't have something to
    do...he'll find something on his terms...and Quakers should
    have a sign "Have Beak, will bite". Now Pickles will still nip
    from time to time and I give him the earthquake and tell him
    firmly No Bite. Now after a few mos of this he does say No bite
    while he is biting. Quite amusing! LOL He gets one warning and
    if not he gets a time out on the second bite. To add insult to
    injury if he gets put in for biting I walk over to the next
    cage and take out our Timneh and give tons of attention to her
    for being a good girl. Since I've been doing this, we've gone
    from lots of biting to rarely biting and not hard when he does.
    I think the key is doing something to work their brains. I bite
    my nails when I'm bored.. :) Also my bird is NOT allowed on my
    shoulder, NEVER. I train for hand and forearm only. I have
    heard too many "My bird bit my kid in the face" stories and we
    just train that way. It is never too late to implement that.
    Even a nice bird when startled could harm a face or ear...
    On 12/30/05, LindaC in OK wrote:
    > With clipped wings she can climb in and on the cage and
    > hopefully a play area next to the cage or toys on top.
    > Right now birds have gone through a heavy molt and are
    > fairly miserable with new feathers growing in. A bath
    > container on top of the cage every couple of days helps.
    > Quakers rarely like misting but do like a bath dish. I use
    > 1/3 aloe juice/2/3 water in a mister for the tiels and put a
    > bit in for Lilos bath for comfort and healing.
    > Birds try so hard to fit into our human world but don't
    > always want to be handeled. Sometimes Lilo 'steps up' and
    > sometimes not. When it's not i leave her alone and learned
    > to move my hands fast.
    > Loose the gloves they are a threat to your bird.
    > clik on the link to see a cute video of Lilo.