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    Teaching Pet Birds not to Bite

    ArticleBird AdviceWednesday 09 February 2011
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    There is a certain amount of work that is needed when you buy birds so that they stay happy and know how to behave correctly. You may think that the idea of keeping pet birds is very attractive, but if you do not care for them in the right way it can soon become a nightmare. If you’ve got a pet parrot or other breed that has taken to biting you, find out what you can do to stop this bad habit with the following guide.

    Stop Biting

    To start with, be sure that you spend plenty of time with your pet birds. Do not be one of those people that buy birds and then leave them without any company or attention, as this will cause bad behaviour.

    Before you go ahead and handle your pet make sure he is not going to be disturbed. This means if he is eating or sleeping, don’t attempt to pick him up. His body language will be an indicator of his feelings. If he does not want to be handled his feathers will probably fluff up.

    Allow your pet to meet different people and be put in different surroundings every now and then. Just make sure that the pet parrot has time to adjust to new things as they can get aggressive otherwise.

    If and when pet birds attempt a bite, simply blow a gentle puff of air in his face and say “No”. Give him a wooden block to chew on instead. Each time he responds well to the “no” command, reward the bird with a small treat.

    If this does not work, leave the pet parrot in his cage and cover it leaving him in darkness for a period. In this time out, do not speak to the bird or interact with him at all. 

    Remember, leave your pet birds alone during moulting or mating periods,. Their hormones will take control and will be very difficult to control.
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