Parrot's fear and biting

by saif
(United Arab Emirates)

Hi, I have a congo parrot which gets scared when im near him or want to give him anything eventhough Im good to him and never do something that he hates, when I want to give him a seed he just keeps his eye on my finger and bites it when its close to him... and he looks like he wants to fight when im near, and makes a weird noise as if he's getting started to jump in me or something?... what should i do?

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Aug 14, 2010
Parrot's fear and biting
by: nell

how long have you had your bird? i have 2 cockatiel's and my birds have drawn blood from me. they hiss & then bite. i still handled them though, even though they brought me great pain. i talked to them & took them out of their cages even though they resisted. now they sit by me & they play in my hair & with my clothes & they let me feed them millet & play with their toys! they're still relunchant to let me pet them though i have to steal those. so be patient you'll gain his trust. dont show fear when you try to handle him.

Aug 14, 2010
Parrot's fear and biting
by: Linda

Hello and welcome to this site. Your bird is not tame, and so you will have to tame him. There are some training materials on this site you may wish to make use of, and you can also do a search on the internet on how to tame a wild parrot. If they have never been tamed or have been tamed and then neglected, they revert to their wild state which is NOT friendly toward humans, so he has to be taught to trust you. Trust is earned not freely given, and it can take a long time.

One thing you can work on is using a perch or other shorter stick to get him out of his cage and back in. Put the perch just below his abdomen and above his legs and say UP while gently pushing perch into the bird's body. It will take him a while to get that you are not trying to hurt him.Make sure stick is held so he has room enough to raise his leg and step up or else the exercise will just further alienate him from you.

I wish I could say you will never get bit, but you are working with a wild bird, and you WILL get bit and maybe a lot. When the bird gets hold of you in a bite, move gently INTO him and DO NOT pull away, because when you pull away, the bird holds on tighter and then rips whatever part of your hand or finger he happens to be holding onto. By moving into the bird, and gently does it, you may find that he lets go because he can no longer hold on as tightly. This takes self control because a bite is hurting you. Turn OFF your natural reactions, and gently move into the bird, and he should let go.

You need to find an Avian Vet in your area because BEFORE any training, he needs to be checked over for infections or other physical problems. A sick or uncomfortable bird will not learn, and will lash out at you everytime you try to work with him. There is a link on this site for help in finding an Avian Vet. Do not take him to a dog and cat vet as they are not licensed or trained in the care of birds and will sometimes kill them with the wrong diagnosis and wrong dosage of a medication.

Let us know how everything goes as we are always here for you and your bird because we also love the parrots. I've worked with birds for the better part of 40-50 years, so have tamed and trained even the larger species of the wild-caught birds that used to come in when importing was legal. Most of those birds died (85%) before they ever reached a pet store, but the ones that did survive were tough customers for sure.

Linda

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