parrots biting

by Jonny
(Southport)

Hi please can u help me, i have got a African Gray Parrot and everytime i go near him he tries to bit me, and i have been told that you have to play with him, So please can you tell me how i can stop him from biting me and then how i can get him to let my pet him and then let me hold him and take him out of his cage? please help thanks

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Jan 27, 2010
Biting parrot solution needed
by: Tracie

Since we don't speak bird, we have to try to get inside their little heads and see things through their perspective. We have several training articles you can read, that might help you understand your bird and developing a positive relationship with it.

Please read the articles on our Parrot Training page.

Jan 26, 2010
parrots biting
by: Linda

Taming parrots takes a while, and you will need to look at some of the information about training parrots that are on this site.

Basically, parrots do not trust humans automatically. Add to that their inherent wild nature, and you have a problem.

Parrots are wild animals from handfed babies to birds caught in the wild, and their only defense is to either fly away or to bite what is trying to hurt them. If you just got him, allow him to settle into his new cage, toys, home and people. I do suggest you look at some of the training materials out here because it is too complicated for me to go into here. Basically, he needs to be tamed and trained, and you will have to EARN HIS TRUST as trust is not freely given.

Also, he needs to be taken to an Avian Vet in your area. Avian Vets are licensed and trained to take care of birds, and your bird needs to be checked for infections or other physical problems BEFORE STARTING ANY TRAINING PROGRAM. Make sure you do this as soon as you can because a sick parrot does not feel well and will bite more and not feel like doing any taming and training.

He needs his wings clipped. Have the Avian Vet clip his PRIMARY FLIGHT FEATHERS WHICH ARE THE LONGER ONES AT THE BOTTOM OR END OF HIS WINGS. DO NOT ALLOW ANYMORE FEATHERS TO BE CUT AS THIS WILL CRIPPLE YOUR BIRD AND CAUSE HIM A LOT OF PAIN. This will keep him from being able to fly away from you when taming and training him.

So, your homework is to look at the training materials here as well as other places on the internet. Get a book or two about the African Greys and Parrots in general so you can learn about how to take care of them. They have roughly the mental and emotional development of 4-5 year old human children, so keep that in mind .

LASTLY, YOU WILL GET BIT EVERY NOW AND AGAIN BY YOUR BIRD. ALL PARROTS BITE SOMETIMES AS THEY ARE WILD ANIMALS. WHEN YOUR BIRD BITES YOU, GENTLY MOVE INTO THE BITE, AND THE BIRD WILL LET GO. If you jerk back, the bird will hold on even harder and tear flesh while he is doing it. Very gently, move hand or arm toward the bird instead of away. This takes practice and control because it is natural to jerk away. DO NOT DO THIS AS YOU WILL GET A MUCH WORSE BITE IF YOU DO. BIRDS ARE AFRAID OF FALLING, AND WHEN YOU PULL BACK, THEY SEE IT TEASING AND WILL BITE HARDER AND HARDER. THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS YOU'LL LEARN ABOUT BIRD TAMING AND TRAINING. PULLING BACK WILL TEACH YOUR BIRD TO HOLD ON TIGHTER AND BITE HARDER SO HE DOES NOT FALL TO THE GROUND.

Linda

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