Biting Amazon

by Judith

I've read so much about parrots biting,the whys ,wheres and so forth. What I can't find is a good way to make him stop. When I let him out I can't get him to go back into his cage .This behavior started out of the blue several months ago.I have never let him ride on my shoulder so I was shocked when he sent me to the ER with a bite to my upper and lower eyelid,barely missing my eyeball.I required stitches and visits to a plastic surgeon.

So knowing the signs ,reasons,and behavior is really no help at all.And alot of people always "blaming" the human is ridiculous .I've done nothing to make him think he is dominant.
I've not had him out since the incident 3 weeks ago,which is not fair to him.I'm certainly not angry at him,I just don't trust him.Even before the bad bite I was having a hard time getting him back in his cage,having to "trick" him back in because the biting became really often.I love Beau and do not want to give or sell him to anyone,but I don't know what to do at this point.He has been through some changes lately and I know some of these have led to this behavior,I can't do anything about those changes,so like I said telling me what to look for physically and emotionally does not help me.
If there is anything you can tell me to help,please do so because I'm at the point of having to get rid of him,which would be hard after 13 years.He has been here since he was 3 months old.

Judy in Ohio

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Apr 18, 2009
Bird biting
by: Tracie

I think Joanie Doss has a lot of experience with training Amazons, but even she had to have a limited relationship with her Amazons when they were hormonal.

Our avian vet suggests that you lessen their daylight hours to get them out of the breeding mode. He also suggests that you have a Full Spectrum Light on the bird at least 4 hours a day.

We have articles on our Parrot Training page that might also help you. And Chet has some great free bird training help that he offers for you to try before you buy.

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