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Message #5989. This is a followup to #5982.

Date:Friday April 6, 2007 8:34:57 pm MDT
Subject:Re: Biting
Message:Laughing Owl wrote:
> Linda and I'm sure Sandra J. has so much more advise on this than me.
> Hootie loved my husband when we first rescued her. However, she seems
> much more attached to me and seems to try to defend me.
> when folding laundry, if she doen't like it, she gives me a knock on
> the chest. Usually black items. or big items. Doesn't like people who
> wear black or leather, or fur. If someone who she previously cared for
> and showed good manners got bit. She may have been protecting her
> territory, our bedroom which is also hers. Bigger extension of the
> cage.
> However, I worry all the time who will I leave her to when I cross?
> She is a wild rescue and is difficult at best, but I love her to
> pieces and have had to give up or adjust my life for her. " I'm an
> herbalist, I make teas, soaps, baths, candles, etc. and scents are
> not good for my little chickie.
> I do tell her no bite when she goes after my husband.
> Sometimes she's fine with people, and sometimes she's not.
> Hopefully, we'll get to acclimitize to each other and others.
> I worry every day who will love her and tolerate her behavior and get
> to know her and try to understand her behavior. Just another test the
> Creator has sent our way.
> Hope it's someone who trys to understand and love her like me.
> Love, white light, and laughter, Laughing Owl

> Laughing Owl...

 Thanks for answering my posting. I will try the "No Bite" approach. Hopefully it will work...and I will continue reading and working with Halsey. Best Regards to you and your little chickie! zi-glitterati   
> Linda wrote:
> > 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.
> >
> > wrote:
> > > 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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