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Message #5020. This is a followup to #5000.

Name:chris barber
Date:Friday June 23, 2006 5:18:49 pm MDT
Subject:Re: biting
Message:hi i have a pair of nanadays witch i v only had a couple of weeks i could feed them by hand with no probs but since the weekend they have gone veery nipy do they go nasty when they are likle 2 go down 2 breed
Mahlikah wrote:
> I notice that my Nanday tends to want to bite if he's inside the cage
> and he's being reached for while inside the cage.
> What I've learned to do as we've come to the understanding is to just
> open the cage door, he'll climb down from wherever he's at and come to
> the door, and step-up onto my hand very pleasantly at the cage door
> opening.
> If he won't come to the cage door opening, as mine has done, I leave
> him alone, and try again later...and it has worked. I haven't gotten
> bit by reaching for him while he was inside the cage since.
> I've now had my Nanday for just 3 weeks, and we're still learning
> communication together. Everyday, there's always something new.
> As far as his toys go, he seems to be a little bit possessive of
> them, and I switch/move toys when he's out of his cage, out of biting
> range and yet, he still can see what I'm doing. Food/Water bowls...he
> doesn't seem to have a problem with me handling them, so far so good,
> never had a problem with the bowls.
>
> I'd like to know more about how you got your Nanday, where you got it
> from, how old is it, and when did you get it? This will also help
> others here a bit more on how to give further advice with the
> biting.
>
> I took on this Nanday understanding that I WILL GET BITTEN. It's all
> part of owning a bird. The question lies as to WHY the bird is
> biting.
> I know that a lot of times, when the bird owner is bitten, it usually
> is an error on the owner's part for misreading the bird's body
> language and warning signs, etc. but this is with birds that have not
> been abused/neglected, and talking about the average happy bird that
> will NAIL ya sometimes.
> I've been bitten several times, but did NOT give an excited
> dramatized reaction, and acted like I didn't even feel the
> bite....(yeah, it's hard to do... lol)
> Seems that once he saw that biting me has no effect to his desire, he
> has backed off quite a bit with his biting. He never did bite often,
> but would bite 2 days in a row, then cease biting to just about zero.
> Or sometimes he bites my hands while I'm putting him down, I give my
> wrist a twisting back and forth motion, throwing him off balance,
> then he stops....still no drama, right? He stopped biting even when I
> tell him "down"....and has complied with no arguments since twisting
> my wrist 2-3 times. Gives them a feeling of trying to walk on the log
> in the water....makes them bring up their wings for balance, and their
> head seems like it must be higher to balance.
>
> I suppose it's to each their own, whatever works for their birds,
> since we all know, they're all individuals.
>
> Good luck with your new family member, and tell us more about it.
>
>
>
> > wrote:
> > > Need just a little advice here. I have a new nanday. Everytime I
> > reach
> > > in his cage he bites me. It's not a nip ..its a true painful
> bite.
> > It
> > > doesn't matter if I'm working with his food dishes or changing
> his
> > > toys. I've ended up with some nasty bruises. Don't get me wrong
> I
> > > love him like crazy. But I don't know what to do to get him to
> > > understand I'm not trying to hurt him. I sit next to his cage
> and
> > > talk to him all day long off and on. He is still new to my home
> so
> > I
> > > know it will take him some time before he will totally trust me.
> > That
> > > is why I spend so much time talking with him. If anyone has any
> > > information you can share with me I would be more than glad to
> > hear
> > > it. Thanks for your time.

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