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Margaret <email address not displayed>
Margaret wrote on the Nanday Conure Forum message board: > 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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