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    Teaching Your Parrot Manners and Stop Biting

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    Parrot behaviour can change with age for a number of reasons. Pet birds can change their personalities as they get older, or you may have rescued a bird that is not trusting. It is very common for bird bites to be a problem with parrots and their owners. Bad bird behaviour like this can be easily fixed if you know what to do. Follow these tips to say goodbye to the parrot bite. %%AFC-ADVERT%%

    •    The first step in stopping yourself from being a bird bite victim is to train your bird to step onto a stick. By using the stick to move the bird around you will gain in confidence, and the bird will start to think that bird bites are boring.

    •    Using the step up stick as the main focus for bird behaviour means that you can use this when he is going in for the parrot bite. His attention will change to the stick rather than your flesh.

    •    Next you can train pet birds with bad manners to move towards a target. if you can get him to move and focus on this target he will not be trying to bite you.

    •    When you have your parrot on your hand and you sense that he is about to give you a bird bite, twist your hand slightly. When you do this, it will force the parrot to straighten his body up again to remain balanced and upright.

    •    Recognise parrot behaviour for what it is. There is a difference between biting and preening. When the parrot uses his beak to gently groom you, this is actually preening. Preening is a friendly and affectionate action, so do not think this parrot behaviour is bad.

    •    Bird bites can also be avoided by teaching your parrot tricks. By training your bird like this, you can build up a good relationship and communication will be improved. When the bird is focussing on his new tricks, his mind will not be on the next parrot bite session.

    •    Prevent any potential bird bite situations from happening in the first place. This means, if you know there is a certain time that the parrot bite happens, change the situation. So for instance, if pet birds behave badly when you are cleaning and feeding them everyday, keep them busy on their stand or play gym with a treat while you go about your business.

    •    Remember that the breeding season is a cause for hormonal changes in parrot behaviour. Pet birds can become aggressive during this period, but this is not their fault. You can reduce the hormones in order to prevent this getting out of hand.

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