how to stop my 12 week old senegal parrot from biting and being aggressive

by marcus

I have a 12 week old senegal parrot he is very aggressive and bites me very hard every time i try to get him out of his cage, try to teach him step up or even stroke him. I have looked on the internet for help and seen some videos which i have tried but yet no luck. my sister brought a senegal parrot the same time as me as we brought them from the same breeder we both pick the 2 birds up. her one lets you get him out of the cage, stroke and even give kisses. How comes my one isnt like that what have i done or doing wrong? please help.

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Aug 19, 2009
by: Linda

Marcus, sounds like a woman hand fed the babies, and when only one sex does all the feeding, the babies "imprint" on her/him. It is always a good idea for both people--male and female to handfeed the baby birds. Of course, if there is NO second sex in the family, that makes it difficult.

Tracie has some training information out here, and I would take a look at it. It will take you and your bird longer to bond if this problem originates with the handfeeding.

Continue to work with your bird for no more than 15 minutes a day maybe a couple times a day. Short sessions are the best with birds as they have short attention spans and longer lessons are "lost" on them. For taking him out of cage, start using a perch or stick and put it gently up to belly above feet and say "UP" he should mount the stick easily. Then put him in a play area or on a standing perch outside his cage always talking quietly to him that "it's alright" and such as that. Keep doing this for a while, and as you are doing it, his trust in you will start to bud and grow. Trust is EARNED NOT GIVEN, so keep that in mind. If he was fed by a woman, he does not know WHO you are, so let him see your best side at all times.Patience is key to good training with any animal or bird. Lose your patience, and you lose your student!

Once he is adept at getting up on stick or perch, and ALWAYS USE THE WORD "UP" WHEN DOING IT, he will begin to be ready for your hand. Human hands are very intrusive and frightening for a bird since they are so small. The other bird is doing better than this one, probably for many reasons, and do not judge your bird by another person's bird. Your bird is unique in every way. Birds born into the same nest are ALL different and unique individuals. Maybe this one was not handled as much as the other. I do think this may be a product of him imprinting on a woman, which makes your job a little harder, but not impossible.

As time goes on, he will come to trust you.

The other issue is he needs to go to see an Avian Vet in case he has some kind of infection and does not feel well. Before beginning any training with a new bird, they need to be checked out by an Avian Vet to make sure they are not harboring infections and/or parasites. The other bird should also go to vet for a checkup. Birds need to go to vet at least once a year every year to make sure they are doing well. This is especially important as they age because birds get the same kinds of problems humans do. Also feed him a high quality, organic pelleted diet like Harrisons or Golden Feast to make sure he is getting the proper nutrition. A sick or malnourished bird WILL NOT FEEL LIKE ANY TRAINING OR PLAYING OR BONDING, so make sure he eats a high quality food and that he is healthy in all other ways.

Keep us posted and post a pix when you can.


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