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ziggysmom wrote: > Actually sitting on my shoulder is fine....he is my office bird (I am > a pastor and my office is about ten feet from my home) so I do a bit > of computer time and he is more than welcome to sit on my shoulder. He > bit me yesterday and today when the hand was in the cage (an actual > bite as opposed to using his beak to step up).. He shies away from my > hand or > a dowel when he is on my shoulder (but will give kisses and if I catch > the right angle will let me scratch him). I have been placing my hand > in the cage without expecting anything and now he climbs up on it and > then off. I don't always take him out of the cage os he can get used > to my hand being in their. I wont bore you with the details of trying > to get him in a towel in order to hold him a bit, but when I was > successful it was ok. I could get at his pin feathers. Am working on > finding out what his preferred snack is so I can reward him. He gets > off my shoulder and steps directly into the cage. The people who > sold him to me had a bunch off their birds in a playpen and Ziggy was > attacked and then put in a car for a long ride and then another long > ride to my house, new cage etc. The poor fellow is just a bit > stressed. I was concerned that maybe the hanging from his beak was a > stress thing. As I've read more about these great birds, I see they > love antics...I actually went to the bird fair to see the > Macaws....but Ziggy had other plans..... > > Margaret wrote: > > Hi Ziggysmom. We're glad you found our message board. > > > > Birds bite for many reasons and I think this bird is biting hands > > because he thinks the hands are going to remove him from where he > > prefers to perch which is on your shoulder. This is not uncommon > and > > the bird is basically communicating that he wants to stay on your > > shoulder and if his bites can intimidate you, then he'll get his > way. > > All parrots want to be "boss" it seems. > > > > As long as you're OK with him being on your shoulder, that is one > > thing. But if he won't step up and get off your shoulder when you > ask > > him to, you can try using a perch to have him step up onto. Most > > birds, with practise, will step up onto a stick. Use the words > "step > > down" so your bird is also getting a verbal clue as to what > > behavior/reaction you're soliciting. If the bird steps down, praise > > him verbally, smile at him, tell him how smart and how good he is. > > Set him down on his cage or where ever the intended destination is > > and give him a treat reward. Verbal praise and treat reward > > (sunflower seed, dried papaya piece or whatever works for your > > particular bird) is a strong reinforcement. Soon he will look > forward > > to "stepping down" to get his verbal praise and attention and his > > treat. > > > > If that doesn't work you may have to remove clothing to get the > bird > > off you. He has to know that you won't hurt him and that he won't > > waste any trust that he puts in you, but he also needs to know that > > you are boss, in a loving and caring way. Never try to intimidate > > your bird in a threatening way, don't "punish" your bird verbally > or > > physically, but he will need to learn that you will get your way > > because you are boss. If there is another person in the house who > can > > come up behind you and move their hands towards the bird, you put > your > > hands up as a "way out" and let the bird retreat to the "safety" of > > your hands (as compared to "their" hands) and then you have him > where > > you want him in order to place him back inside his cage or where > ever > > you intend to place him. > > > > I hope this helps. > > > > ziggysmom wrote: > > > I purchased ziggy (not sure of age - perhaps 4 - or gender) > yesterday > > > at a bird fair 'cause he picked me. (was in an awful cage...) > Loves > > > to sit on my shoulder, but bite the hand..... Will be calling my > vet > > > in the morning so he can recommend a avian expert. So here goes, > > > today he was hanging from his perch by his mouth and swinging his > > > legs.... (i got him a new cage and appropriate sized perches, and > a > > > few toys which he hasn't played with yet..not sure he has had any > > > before)Anyone seen their bird do this??
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