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Message #5981. This is a followup to #5978.

Date:Wednesday April 4, 2007 4:54:00 pm MDT
Subject:Re: Biting
Message:zi-glitterati, I'm sorry the worst possible advice you can get for biting is to take the two suggestions that were made to you of Putting this Nanday in its cage, and clipping its wings!
    The issue with the nanday could be two fold.
1. This ten year old nanday could be hormonal and is "defending your daughter as mate.
2. the recent move your daughter made is frightening to him and it is "Fear based biting.

Just a little advice:
1. go back on this board- way back into the archives you will find many posts made by our experts, not me. and some links to websites that will help you understand what biting is all about.

2. Give the bird credit when credit is due by believing he understands the words, "No bite!" it actually can be effective.

Remember a bird's beak is an equivalent of our mouths and it is their source of communication with us, and unfortunately it often does mean some biting.....

I have also occassionally to sooth a biting bird, cuddled it. Now they rarely bite.

Clipping wings: is an argument that just can't be won.

However, I will say this: Clipping wings is for humans not birds!!

birds by their very nature are wild, but our pet parrots are dependent upon us and it's unfair for us to expect them to 'behave like our human children.

> My daughter recently moved and could not take her bird, a nanday
> conure, with her. I am keeping the bird.   The bird is approximately
> 10 years old. I love the bird and would like to let him out of his
> cage to fly and get some exercise. He was free to fly around the
> first few years and then he began to attack and bite! He took a bite
> out of my face once, and I have been afraid of him since. He seems to
> protect my daughter and doesn't bite her, but everyone else he attacks
> and bites. Do you have any suggestions for me. I would appreciate any
> help or info. Thanks, zi-glitterati

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