Biting Quaker

by Aniela
(New York)

I have an almost three year old Quaker who likes to bite a lot. I have read the Parrot Training articles and none of the reasons for biting seem to fit. She is very protective over her cage and her toys (understood), she gets a lot of attention and time outside the cage. The only time she is in it is when I leave the house or when it's time for bed.

Sometimes when I sit at the table she will come walking over "ever so sweetly", step up on my arm and take a chomp. I have many cuts and bruises to show for it. I squeak in a high pitched voice to let her know it hurts and I put her back on her cage. She loves to be cradled in my hand and petted and is otherwise a very good pet, but I can't figure out why she will purposely walk over to me looking so sweet like she wants some petting and then grab a hold of my skin and either tear it open or leave a bruise.

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Aug 27, 2012
Biting Quaker
by: Aniela

Wow, I know my bird is smart but I never even thought that she is such a freshy pants that she gets a kick out of biting me. What you said makes perfect sense and I'm letting you know that mama's got a brand new bag and have started using your advice today. When she bites me after stepping up, I firmly say "no", give her the "earthquake" (which she hates, by the way) and put her back in the cage and walk away. I know it will take some work to break her of this habit but I am willing to put in the time and effort to save my own skin, literally. Thank you.

Aug 26, 2012
Biting Quaker
by: Linda

Well, I hate to have to tell you, but parrots like to hear us cry out when they bite us. It's very exciting and quite funny for some of them. Parrots have an odd sense of humor.

I think you should be more firm with her. If she comes over, jumps on your arm and bites, then say NO in a firm voice. Try and NOT make any noise whatsoever when she bites which will take all the fun out of it. I know this will be hard, and just try to not have any reaction at all except to say NO, take bird and put in cage and shut the door. Leave bird in cage for a while and ignore her.

Continue doing this with her, and I do believe she will stop this. This little game has become a habit, so you need to go about changing this bad behavior for a good one. When the time comes when she gets on you and does NOT bite, then praise her and give her a little food treat making sure it's not human food. Feed her only bird food and organic high quality pellets like Harrisons are the best.You get the idea here which is to reward good behavior and teach her the difference.

Also understand that all birds bite from time to time, but this has become a favorite game of hers, and she LOVES to hear you squeak and squeal, so that's the first thing to stop. Next is the NO in a firm voice and finally putting her into her cage for a while. In time, she will understand. Actually, she will understand right away as birds are very intelligent, but she will not give up this little game of hers without a fight. Parrots are also stubborn if I've not mentioned that yet. YOU are in charge, so begin to teach her that fact, and you will gain her respect. Obviously she already trusts you or she would not be playing this game. So now it is time for her to learn to respect you as well.

Keep us posted!
Linda

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