red rump bites

by andy page
(west midlands)

our red rump is now 5 months old and its just started biteing us when we try to get her out the cage ,and when she lands on our hand she bites ,can you help up thanks andy

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Dec 02, 2009
red rump bites
by: Linda

Andy, thanks for writing. Sometimes changes in behavior like this indicate your bird may be ill. First thing is to take bird to an Avian (bird) vet in your area so they can check for infections and/or parasites. If bird is ill, vet will give you medicine for whatever it is that is wrong.

Your bird's wings also need to be clipped while at the vet's office. Have them clip the Primary Flight feathers ONLY. The primaries are the longer ones at the end of the wings, and do not allow them to cut any higher up than that. This will allow the bird to glide to the floor and not fall like a rock. It will also help you while you are training bird. Flighted birds become very independent and will fly away and not allow you to work with them. So, a trip to an Avian Vet is the first step before you begin any training.

After that, there are some training materials on the Parrot Training page here, and also information can be found on the internet. Your bird is growing up and will become more and more independent until wings are clipped and you are able to begin a training program. Training takes time and commitment and will not happen quickly. Limit training sessions to no more than 10-15 minutes at a time several times a day. Birds have short attention spans and more than the above time will be wasted as they will get tired and bored and stop learning.

A sick bird cannot learn, so make sure you take your bird to an Avian vet BEFORE ANY TRAINING BEGINS.

As for biting, all birds are wild animals, and all birds will bite from time to time. Even tame birds will bite on occasion and there is nothing you will be able to do about that. Parrots are NOT domesticated animals and will always be wild in their hearts and minds. Take this slowly, build up your bird's trust in you and NEVER, NEVER YELL AT OR HIT YOUR BIRD NO MATTER WHAT. Anyone hitting a little bird like this deserves to be locked up, so no matter how mad you may be at your bird at any given time, DO NOT YELL AND DO NOT HIT. If you do either of those, your bird will not trust you and will become worse and worse as time moves along. Take everything slow and easy and be firm and gentle with your bird all the time. Let bird know that it is doing something wrong by saying NO or Bad Bird, and REWARDING ANY TINY LITTLE BIT OF PROGRESS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF TRAINING ANY ANIMAL OR BIRD. If your bird gets on your hand later on and does not bite, make sure you tell bird what a good bird he is and how happy you are with him.

Clipping the wings will help you a great deal, so do not delay taking your bird to an Avian vet in your driving area.


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