biting lorikeet - would getting a second lorie help?
Posted 27 October 2009 - 06:48 AM
But I was also thinking, if you were to purchase another edwards lorikeet, and if they were to become unmanageable, would you have the space etc to keep them?
I have no idea of your circumstances, but it is not such a bad thing to have them in a large aviary where you can still enjoy them. So you won't be able to get them out to play with them but they will have company (each other), and you will still be able to talk and interact with them. They won't take up time away from your other birds, as you will not need to give them "out of cage" time, just supply them with lots of toys and they could very well be perfectly happy together.
Just a suggestion, if he is truly unmanageable and nothing works to stop the biting, then something like this scenario would probably be the best outcome for him.
Posted 06 April 2011 - 01:31 AM
Posted 06 April 2011 - 07:17 PM
4 years old is kinda too far gone now the only thing I can suggest is to use a leather gardening glove they will get bored of biting you once they know it no longer gets a reaction. Rainbows and indeed most loris are like spoiled children of the parrot world Xander my 4 month old no longer bites he knows now that it doesn't get a reaction from my partner and me and now just licks us to death you have to be firm with loris they aren't like other parrots give em an inch and they'll take a kilometre
Any bird, at any age, can be taught not to bite and to trust in humans. Although not lorikeets, I have an ex-breeding pair of cockatiels that are probably over 13 years old. More or less, this means that when they first came to me, both bit to draw blood. Now? Well, they will still bite, but it's not to draw blood. The hen does permit handling, to a degree, but otherwise doesn't care for it. The male, after having them for 6 years, I've finally learned how to gain *his* trust (and it's far more than the hens!). He's the one that is known for being the most skittish around humans, and when he feels threatened, he takes off flying. I tried a technique from one of Barbara Heidenreich's videos, and in under one month, he's gone from stepping onto my hand for millet, to flying onto me without food shown - again for millet. He doesn't seem concerned too much when I handle his mate, Kiwi, for meds, something that she detests! But Pistachio makes sure to stay nearby!
Pistachio and Kiwi *are* mates. They *are* bonded. They *have* reproduced in the past, and as far as I can tell or know, they have never been hands on pets... just breeders. And both, especially Pistachio, have made a huge turn-around from being a skittish/scared bird, to one who's learning that coming to me can mean good treats, and he's also learning to trust me enough that he'll allow me within a foot of him without taking off... sure, he's still skittish, but there's a huge difference in him from today vs just under a month ago. One month ago, I never thought he'd willingly fly to me on his own accord. Sure, he's only flying to me for food, but that he's putting that much trust in me? It amazes me!
So I'll have to disagree with you in regards to 'too far gone' and having to use garden gloves... and what you are talking about is "flooding"... I would suggest positive reinforcement over flooding, which based on the belief that birds must be dominated and 'told' what to do, instead of positive reinforcement that teaches parrots what is and is not appropriate behavior, and gives them an alternative to bad behavior by teaching them that good behavior results in good things... thus choosing good behavior over bad behavior.
And, if you haven't noticed, this thread is nearly 2 years old..
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