biteing

i have a green cheek conure and hes love but sometimes he just bites me rlly hard in the neck why is that

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Mar 10, 2010
biteing
by: Linda

All parrots bite at some time or another. If you are allowing him on your shoulder, you must retrain him to stay off your shoulder. Serious injuries have occurred from birds being on people's shoulders which puts them in close proximity to your face, eyes, ears, nose, neck and sometimes, if bird is frightened or surprised by something, the bite will require stitches if you are lucky.

I suggest you start now showing him he needs to stay off your shoulder. You need not be mean to him, just when he starts up to your shoulder, gently drop your arm or pick him up with your other hand. You'll need to work with him for a long time to stop this behavior because you've allowed it to become a habit. Work with him no more than 10-15 minutes at a time when training as birds get tired and lose their concentration. When you gently drop you arm, I DO NOT MEAN TO THROW HIM IN THE FLOOR. I mean to GENTLY drop or lower your arm which will make him stay down lower, and he'll get back on your hand. As you gently put you arm down, say NO SHOULDER, so he has a verbal instruction to go along with the movement.

As I said, this will take a while, so DO NOT YELL AT HIM, DROP HIM ON THE FLOOR OR OTHERWISE LOSE YOUR TEMPER WITH HIM. Training takes a while for bird and human to understand each other, and you are working here toward a trusting relationship, so be firm and gentle at the same time. Birds stop listening and working when their people become irate or lose their cool, so make sure you are always calm when working with him. Remember, he is only a little bird without defenses, and you are the smart, human who is his teacher and leader.

There are also some training materials on this site you may wish to look at if interested in training him further. You'll also be surprised how much YOU WILL LEARN from him as you go along. Birds are highly intelligent and very sensitive, so learning to stay off shoulder will not take forever, though it may take a good while. Patience is everything when training birds and animals, so hang in there.

Linda

Mar 10, 2010
biting conure
by: Anonymous

Sometimes they just want to get your attention. If you scream or react he knows that it was successful and will do it again.

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