indian ring neck humps feet and throws up

by melaney

why does my indian ring neck hump my feet and now he throws up a watery substance on my toe. he is not sick but I think he may some issues any insight! I heard someone say its love and affection. but now he bite otherr people feet if they are near me. what do i do.

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Apr 18, 2012
indian ring neck humps feet and throws up
by: Linda

Well, first thing is to keep bird off your feet and up off the floor as both have lots of bacteria on them which can make birds sick.

Second issue is it sounds as if he is becoming sexually mature, and all birds as they reach this time of their life, become possessive with a member of the household. Males usually pick the female primary care giver, and females will pick the adult male in the family. With training, this can be brought back under control though birds always have favorites in their human flocks, so there will always be some favoritism with them.

There are some training materials on the Parrot Training page, and you may wish to look at them. If your bird has not been examined by an Avian Vet in the last year, that has to be done before any serious training can begin. Sometimes sudden changes in behavior point directly toward illness, so bird has to be cleared for infections or other physical issues that could be going on. A sick bird cannot be trained because it is too stressful. Anytime you start training a bird from bad behaviors to good ones, it is stressful for both the bird and his human caretakers, so make sure he is healthy.

So, what you are experiencing is to be expected from a maturing bird, and keep bird up off the floor and off your feet in general. He IS showing you affection and try the trading a toy for your feet by gently, but firmly saying NO and putting bird either on a playtop or back in cage. As for biting others, this will probably continue to some degree or other. All parrots bite, and this transition from baby to adult is difficult for the bird, so do your best here. Make sure you have someone other than yourself to clean his cage, feed and water him some as it will help with the biting.

Thanks for writing and learn more about training your bird with the info here and other places on the internet. One thing to always keep in mind is you are working with an exotic wild animal who is highly intelligent though childlike forever. Repetition, firmness and consistency work with all animals, and it will work here too.


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