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Feb 28, 2012
not risk getting bit
by: Linda

First, let me get something out of the way about parrots. All parrots can and do bite for reasons of their own. If birds are not tame, they will bite a lot until they come to trust you. Trust is earned not freely given, and keep this in mind. Never, ever lose your temper with a bird and never handle them roughly because their bones are hollow and easily broken. This is not about YOU being "in control". This is about gaining your bird's trust, and it takes time. You have as much to learn from your bird as your bird has to learn from you. You and bird are both students AND teachers.

Secondly, you do not put your finger under their feet. To teach them to step up, you put finger or a perch right below their chest and above their legs with a very gentle pressure and say "UP". Birds do not know what that means, so it will take some time to train your bird to step up. I suggest you use a short perch or stick that is correct diameter size for your bird's feet to begin the lessons and that way, by the time bird hss learned the "UP" request, you may be able to use your finger later without getting bit.

Back to the beginning, if your bird is untamed, YOU WILL GET BIT probably more than once even after he learns the up request. Do not pull back and away from bird when he bites, but move gently INTO the bird which will allow bird to let go. If you pull away, bird will hold on harder, and your skin will be ripped and torn from a bite.

In regards to the above, you have to learn to control your "jerk back reflex". Just KNOW that your bird may bite you, steel yourself for it, and then move gently into bird so he can let go. This takes practice, so set your mind set to NOT jerk back from a bite, and it will become easier plus you won't have severe bites and injuries to contend with.

There are some training materials on the Parrot Training page that can help you. Make sure your bird is healthy before any training by having him examined for infections or other physical problems by an Avian Vet ONLY in your area.

Linda

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