Bird biting, lunging at me. What to do?
Posted 26 February 2012 - 02:41 AM
before giving him food and didn't really bite at all (only when he got really uncomfortable). Whenever I raised my hand to pet him, he didn't move
away. I even managed to get him to step up on another perch. However, until two days ago, I noticed a change in his behaviour. All of a sudden, he just doesn't seem to like me at all! He is starting to bite me and now I am scared to put my hand inside the cage. I tried hand feeding him but he lunges at food and sometimes try to bite my fingers. I did try to spend more time talking to him everyday and recently he started chirping. I
tried leaving him alone for a while but when I came back, he was still hostile to me. What should I do? Have I done something wrong?
I'm worried that he might be like this forever despite my efforts to bond
Should I wear oven mitts so he could learn that no matter how many times he bite, my hand will never disappear?
Posted 26 February 2012 - 03:27 AM
He was friendly and never bit her because he knew her, his previous owner. He doesn't know you or your surroundings, so just give him more time to settle in. Continue talking to him, perhaps read by him and offering him treats from outside of the cage. He doesn't have to take food from your hand directly, you could place a treat dish just inside the cage and every time you walk by, drop a treat inside. This way, he may come to associate good things from you.
You want every interaction between you and him to be positive *for* him. If he's not finding interaction with you to be positive, then change your approach. Clicker training can help show you how to interact with your IRN in a more positive light.
Posted 27 February 2012 - 03:06 PM
You don't actually want to ignore lunging or biting behavior, as it may teach him that you'll ignore his warnings and he might go straight for the bite instead. Try to move slowly and give him space so he can learn to trust you.
Posted 11 March 2012 - 02:16 PM
I was told not to make direct eye contact with my bird when trying to bond with him until he gets comfortable with me. Is this a good advice?
Try to find the time to read this.
And it will not matter regardless of the color of your bird, or even if the bill is straight and not hooked.
Tinkerbell Legacy - - Rant 03 (a flighted parrot mentality) & Understanding the mind of your grey
Posted 11 April 2012 - 07:17 AM
After a month of dropping good treats in his container everyday, whenever I go to see him, he would come running to me and stick his beak outside the cage, open it wide with tongue out expecting some food. If he doesn't see any food in my hand, he would get cranky and tries to bite my finger. This same thing happened when I tried to step back, he still would eventually come to me and expect some food from me. I can still hand feed him but I cannot touch him. I am the only one that he could come over to me. He is scared of anyone else in my family and whenever they put their hand, he would move away from them of fear. I am new at this, can anyone tell me what is he trying to do? I even tried to drop treats in the container not hand-feed him but he would come running to grab the treat from my hand instead.
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