Help! Jelly Bean is constantly biting!
Posted 15 August 2011 - 12:02 AM
My 4 month old lovie Jelly Bean has suddenly started nipping everyone, all the time. Anytime we want to get her to step up to move her or adjust her (or ourselves) she bites really hard. She also makes the 'angry' bird sound at the same time. Any suggestions? It is really becoming tiresome, and my kids are now not wanting to have her out of her cage.
Posted 15 August 2011 - 04:37 AM
Posted 15 August 2011 - 05:36 AM
Also make sure to provide lots of toys for shredding. They have a lot of pent up energy.
My favorites are:
Don't forget chunks of cardboard and stiff paper made into toys. They love destruction!
Posted 15 August 2011 - 05:53 PM
Allowing a parrot to bite typically does 1 of 2 things.
1. You are teaching your parrot to bite every time you present a finger or a hand
2. You are teaching your parrot that irregardless of his/her feelings, they *must* comply with your "demands" which can lead to increased biting, biting harder, or learned helplessness.
Many parrots have warning signs that they will bite. If these are ignored, you will be bitten. Birds bite out of a variety of reasons that can include fear, over-excitement, jealousy, not wanting to do something, etc.
So, lets back track. Why is your lovebird biting? Is Jelly Bean being forced to do something she doesn't want to? Is she playing with a toy and not ready to stop? Is she in her cage and not ready to come out? Or is she in an area that she enjoys being in and doesn't want to move from?
Find out why she is biting, then try and correct that problem. If she doesn't want to do something, give her a reason to do it. Reward her with millet or other treats when she does something that you want her to do without biting. Get her accustomed to doing things she wants to do rather than doing things she doesn't want to do.
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