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Old 06-02-2017, 02:32 PM   #1
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Running to greet me or biting and throwing a fit?

I have found that in the morning my girl will be running to me to get some treats and climb into my hand, but around later in the day when I go to take her out from time to time she will bite at my hand, run away, and refuse to leave the cage. I was wondering what this could be?

Is there a way to curb this behavior or is it likely just her age or that we haven't fully finished taming? She likes to cuddle with my hand and stubbornly follows me everywhere when she is out, but I got her two weeks ago untamed.
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I have found that in the morning my girl will be running to me to get some treats and climb into my hand, but around later in the day when I go to take her out from time to time she will bite at my hand, run away, and refuse to leave the cage. I was wondering what this could be?

Is there a way to curb this behavior or is it likely just her age or that we haven't fully finished taming? She likes to cuddle with my hand and stubbornly follows me everywhere when she is out, but I got her two weeks ago untamed.
It may be how you are doing it. It is always polite to ask before trying to pick them up. They are intelligent beings with wants and desires. There are times when Jules is chilling that she just does not want to picked up. When I notice she is not enthusiastic about the issue I usually just let her be and a few minutes later she may come around or not. If I force the issue I will get bit for my efforts but usually just giving her a few minutes to think about it is all it takes for her to change her mind.

Also cages can be issues with some parrotlets. They tend to get territorial and possessive about them. I know that I can not pick Jules up from her cage. I have to offer my arm about 6 inches away and she will hop on then all is good.

Basically be open to allowing your bird to have some little say in the matter. Also be open to coaxing what you want instead of pushing or forcing what you want. Things are easier when you and your girl want the same things. In time she will train you and you will train her so things will get easier.
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Old 06-02-2017, 03:08 PM   #3
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You've had her for two weeks and you said in one of your other threads that she's six weeks old now?! That's... really less than ideal. I don't want to scare you, but honestly, prepare yourself for weaning regression behaviors. Keep those millet sprays handy. It's not a guarantee that regression will happen, but four weeks is VERY young for a parrotlet baby to be going to a new home.

That said, this just sounds like she just wants to come out on her own terms. Parrotlets are stubborn, willful little beasties who can be pretty territorial about their cages, playgyms, or anything else they perceive as THEIRS. This is just how they are. Tihota loves being out but hates coming out and somehow hasn't yet realized that in order to have the one he needs to do the other!

Just be patient and keep working with her and try not to chase her around in the cage.
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Old 06-02-2017, 06:17 PM   #4
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You've had her for two weeks and you said in one of your other threads that she's six weeks old now?! That's... really less than ideal. I don't want to scare you, but honestly, prepare yourself for weaning regression behaviors. Keep those millet sprays handy. It's not a guarantee that regression will happen, but four weeks is VERY young for a parrotlet baby to be going to a new home.

That said, this just sounds like she just wants to come out on her own terms. Parrotlets are stubborn, willful little beasties who can be pretty territorial about their cages, playgyms, or anything else they perceive as THEIRS. This is just how they are. Tihota loves being out but hates coming out and somehow hasn't yet realized that in order to have the one he needs to do the other!

Just be patient and keep working with her and try not to chase her around in the cage.
Seven weeks then, I got her at five -time sure flys.
Yes, I am prepared for regression, I just expected that those sprays may become a problem and cause fussy eating that would be a bad thing for a bird who is growing.

I was surprised they were selling such a young bird as well. I wouldn't generally adopt such a young bird but she was gifted to an African breeder who didn't know much about the species, so I was not taking her away from her parents. I also helped my father breed and raise probably upwards of a hundred parakeets growing up, so I'm familiar with hand feeding.

And I will try the making it an option thing. I am honestly more comfortable with that, but I had read that it is important to set boundaries at a young age with these guys, so I was trying to get her to step up, get rewarded for the good behavior rather than rewarding the bite with me leaving, then basically let her come out when she likes. I guess we will both learn the best approaches in time.
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Old 06-02-2017, 06:37 PM   #5
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Sounds like you're well prepared for any potential issues! Your girl is a lucky one.
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