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"OUCH!" biting reprimands?

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Old 05-03-2017, 12:19 AM   #1
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"OUCH!" biting reprimands?

I watched a video on youtube the other day. It wasn't long or super in depth but the basic premise of the guys explanation on getting your bird to understand that biting is 'not cool' was to walk away. Once your bird is fairly bonded to you and enjoys being with you, when they bite hard you should make a startled sound or go "ouch!" then set the bird down and walk away.
Eventually, doing this enough your parrotlet should associate biting with any pressure to you leaving them alone, and thus not do it.
Has anyone tried dong this?
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Old 05-03-2017, 06:11 AM   #2
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That method could SEVERLY backfire, as you could be teaching the bird instead that if they bite you will make a fun sound. Sounds are fun for birds, and parrotlets are prone to thinking that violence is fun. They are just a bit crazy. It might work saying ouch, or it might increase biting. There is really no knowing which will happen without trying, and I don't think it is worth the risk.
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Hmm.. I prefer gentle beak. When he bites me or looks like he's about to I say "gently beak" calmly and sternly holding a finger out and he knows to just touch my finger with his beak gently. If he's really riled up and won't gentle beak for me he goes in his cage. Usually when he's in a fussy mood it's because he wants cage time for a nap or something... but he doesn't know he wants it. Very much like a toddler in that way!
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Gentle beak works for Daisy too....although when she is feeling grumpy or is molting, I have learned that she wouldn't even care if I handed her a special treat when she wants to bite me!

And, I confess that I always let out an "OUCH!" before I remember to not do that. However, I always---without fail----stop whatever we have been doing together and put her back in her cage, close the door and walk away, leaving her alone for a while.

That gives me time to bandage up any wounds she gave to me and it lets her know that anything fun will stop immediately if she chooses to chomp.

The other thing is that at some point in time, you WILL get chomped. It's just something to know...don't flinch around your bird, which will have bad results. Just know that we've all been chomped at one time or another...sometimes repeatedly!
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Old 05-03-2017, 04:56 PM   #5
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Oh i have been chomped. Many a time, dime is almost a year old now! I was just wondering everyone else take on what this guy had said. It was pre-warned that it will only work with a bird that is bonded to you (because obviously a bird not bonded to you bites, learns it gets you to leave and considers this a good thing!)
What i have been doing is not to make sound when she does give a chomp for no good reason, and tell her to be gentle sternly. I've been trying gentle beak for a while, and usually she will let me touch her beak but if she's determined gentle beak means Nothing.
Usually I get a bite when I try to get her out of my hair, which I know is just she doesn't want to end that type of play.... but I might try walking away from her when she does bite hard. So no 'OUCH!' just 'stern face, walk away'.
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You can also try a brief time out in cage if need be. That can sort of 'reboot' the mood of your bird. I've used it with good success with many birds over the years, along with teaching them "no bite."
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Also, it's not a good idea to let them sit higher than your shoulder when they are out of their cage---especially on your head. Being the "big bird" in the neighborhood means being the bird that perches up the highest...and if your baby is sitting on your head, it will soon think it is the boss of you! If Dima climbs up there, remove her, even if she makes a fuss. She needs to know that you are the big bird!
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Oh i have been chomped. Many a time, dime is almost a year old now! I was just wondering everyone else take on what this guy had said. It was pre-warned that it will only work with a bird that is bonded to you (because obviously a bird not bonded to you bites, learns it gets you to leave and considers this a good thing!)
What i have been doing is not to make sound when she does give a chomp for no good reason, and tell her to be gentle sternly. I've been trying gentle beak for a while, and usually she will let me touch her beak but if she's determined gentle beak means Nothing.
Usually I get a bite when I try to get her out of my hair, which I know is just she doesn't want to end that type of play.... but I might try walking away from her when she does bite hard. So no 'OUCH!' just 'stern face, walk away'.
This is my method. I find a Stern low slow voice works with me. And the set down walk away. Unfortunately with my problem bird my husband is the favorite and he does everything your not supposed to do. Yelps, won't give her time out, won't put her away. She's a menace.
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Oh man...Benie loves to sit on my shoulder while I walk around the house doing things and it's been difficult to not let him sit on my husband or I. If I take him off the shoulders, he'll jump off my finger and make a mad dash up my arm to get back on the shoulders. He'll even jump over my hand or fingers just to get there. I kinda gave up on making him stop sitting on my shoulders, he even likes to perch there and bury himself in my hair to snuggle before bed time.
I think he's getting a bit too comfortable there and he's starting to bully my husband. I'd say 90% of the time if he goes on my husband's shoulder, he'll always go and nip his neck and gets bitey if either of us tries to take him off. I've managed to reduce some of his nippyness when he's on my husband's shoulder, but after a week of being a grandmas while we were on vacation, he reverted back to being a bitey boy.
Bernie also runs around on the shoulders and away from our hands when we try to take him off the shoulders and he'll start biting. Gentle beak sometimes work and I make sure I use my finger to touch his beak and point to his beak, but his nippyness is frustrating me a bit.
Sorry this was longer than I thought hopefully someone has some advice for his naughty behaviour.
I also notice he's starting to do clicking sounds when I'm trying to get him off my shoulders and he rubs his beak on us a lot even if he hasn't eaten...is he bullying us?
Thanks!
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