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    How to Teach Pet Birds not to Bite

    ArticleBird AdviceWednesday 09 February 2011
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    When you buy birds you have to realise that there is a certain amount of work needed to keep them behaving properly and to make sure they are happy. Although the idea of keeping pet birds is an attractive one, if you don’t take certain steps they can be a lot of hassle. If you have a pet parrot or other similar breed that will not stop biting, see the following tips on making them stop.

     
     

    Buy Birds and Stop Biting

    First, make sure you spend lots of time with pet birds. Many people buy birds and then leave them alone without any attention, which is unfair and will make them act up.

    Before you handle your pet parrot, be sure that he does not want to be disturbed. For instance, if he is in the middle of eating or sleeping you should not 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.

    Let your pet birds meet different people and different situations. However, 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, during moulting or mating periods, leave your pet birds alone. Their hormones will take control and will be very difficult to control.
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