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Message #67. This is a followup to #49.

Date:Tuesday March 25, 2003 11:28:57 pm MST
Subject:Re: Retaming my nanday / BIRD BITING: PLEASE READ
Message:Again, I will recommend getting the beaked filed if the bird is always biting. Theres a big difference in the pain between a sharp beak and a filed beak. And, contrary to another opinion that was expressed on this board, I would tap the bird on the beak when he bites, not very hard but hard enough that he knows, "hey thats wrong". When my bird "Flip" nips at me, I even raise my finger to hit him on the beak and he says "no bite, no bite", cuz he knows that is wrong. U have to somehow communicate with the bird consistently that biting is unacceptable, it might take awhile but a consistant tap on the beak is important. Even after his loud outbursts, my Nanday will whisper "be quiet, be quiet" cuz he knows he was too loud. Try to repeat and convey these ideals to them until they understand them.

As with any child or pet, U have to create a trusting relationship with them. Get in a consistant routine every night after work that he comes out of the cage and goes onto a perch, or where ever U take him out of the cage. Get bird toys for the bird. Let him come out of the cage on his own, when he's ready. Leave the cage open until hes ready, trust me, birds like being out of their cage. A neglected bird is gonna take alot of patience and work to build up that trusting relationship.

For some reason, it seems Nandays only bond with 1 or 2 people. Forget about strangers, my tamed bird gets very upset and uncontrollable if there is somebody he doesnt know around. He'll bite me extremely hard and even will attack a family member that he doesnt know. Unfortunately, I have to keep my Nanday away from just about everyone cuz he gets so upset.

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