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Old 12-18-2006, 08:28 PM
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When does it stop... man if I lose any more blood, I think I will pass out

I really don't want to have to use gloves, but if I have to I will
(my poor hands)
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Old 12-19-2006, 12:19 AM
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Re: Biting

I had the same problem, just he never drew blood. Always nipped my finger, believe me it will pass, took my eckie 2 months to become a sweetheart. I thought of even making him a breeding bird, but he is so sweet now.

He was cage aggressive, he lunged at me, he ran away in his cage when i tried to take him out. Just give time, and a lot of patience. You know how she was at the breeder, and mine was the same, he was loving would let me cuddle him and everything. But when he came home he started with all the above.

What i do: When he bites, and holds on, i come right up to his face and say a very harsh, very harsh NO!! It works, he knows he is wrong and that it hurts, i still let him sit by me, but i dont talk to him for a whole minute or so. But thats just how i do it, this is also my first big parrot, and they do have mood swings sometime.

Good luck, but try something that works for ya, i struggled 2 months with him, so she will get over that stage!
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Old 12-19-2006, 07:14 AM
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Re: Biting

I will wait any amount of time for her to stop biting but it still hurts lol

Yeah I had one really good bleeder, took a whole chunk out of the palm of my hand (she always manages to get the soft spots)

I don't think I am moving to fast at or anything, she will put up one of her feet like she is going to step up and reaches down and not only nips me but actually makes a grinding motion to dig in further. I think she is just going to continue to test me. If she ends up taking another chuck out of me I just might have to get the gloves. Do you think that will scare her?
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Sometimes, especially with Greys it seems, they get really freaked out by gloves, and as soon as you take the gloves off, they start all over again. I give Bucc the stern "NO BITE", the first time, give him a time out sign the second time, and the third time he goes in for a few mins, without me talking to him at all, She's trying to be the boss, and leader of the flock, you have to let her know YOU are the leader of the pack, (in whatever way works for both you and cricket) Have you tried using a small perch, that way when she bites it will be the perch and you can keep your hands where they are, (its hard to do this if they are taking chunks out of your hand lol) Bucc is and always has been very cage aggressive, especially when I'm doing a really good cage clean, (toys out perches out etc) I've had a few blood drawing chunks missing out of hands fingers arms if I'm not watching him and my body. lol Also Greys are not the most cuddliest of birds, especially when they get older so we have to work out when they want a cuddle and when they don't.

I wish you all the luck with this and hope that you are able to work out the problem before you have too many more chunks missing. Let us know how you get on with this. Once she has worked out that you are leader of the pack she will calm down, (But as she gets older, she's gonna be testing you out)
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Old 12-19-2006, 11:52 AM
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I love your avatar and sig tag, they are awesome.
Thank you, I made them. I am will prolly change the background as holidays and seasons change. (that is a picture of Cricket)
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Well, today she bite me more than usual and harder... did I mention this is out of the cage? She doesn't bite so mush when I go to take her out of the cage; it's when I get her out of the cage she starts biting
both my hands are bright red, and she got my ear and almost my eye (that was close) Am I handeling her too much
When I give her a stern "NO" she looks at me like my cat does when she does something bad.... and just like the cat shrugs it off like who am I to tell her to stop. She doesn't seem like an aggresive bird, she is just biting and grinding hands and fingers....
When "punishment" of going back to cage comes to play she acts like its no big thing.
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Re: Biting

I dont know much about greys but i'd say, get a nice small second hand cage and that should be her time out cage, nothing in there but one perch to sit on and a water cup. She wont be in there forever so dont put food in.

Her other cage has food and water and toys and she feels safe there, taking her out of there and placing her into a place where she has non of it would let her sit and "think" for the ten to whatever minutes you placed her in there.

Taking her out and if she is nice talk to her when she cant see the small cage anymore, very important you dont want to praise her for being in that cage. Then you can try if she is nice you can try offering her a treat, but not directly after she has been in the time out cage as she will associate that with treat time.

Then look at what mood she is in, when she isnt in the mood for you place her in her good cage, but keep on talking to her and interacting with her.
You dont by any chance put your fingers through the bars to touch/pet her?

She will soon begin to show you when she wants out or not. You say she bites when stepping up? Does it happen when you put your hand in the cage? If so try to let her come out on her own, and take it from there.

Sorry long post again, hope you can manage this problem, Kodie was also a bit cage aggressive, but he got over it. Let us know if there is any change and what method you tried and worked for you.
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Re: Biting

I think it might be worth taking him to a behavior expert and getting some advice. Also a trip to an avian vet could be worth while.
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You say she bites when stepping up? Does it happen when you put your hand in the cage?
She doesn't really seem to be a cage biter... not that she hasn't nipped me when I have had her step up. Those bites seem like a "test". Its when I get her out of the cage she gets grumpy. doesn't like to sit on my hand... does every thing she can to get up my arm and from there she looks for a place to "fly" too (wings are clipped). I don't want her up on my shoulder because of the dominace issues (that she already has) Once she took off right into the wall, freaked us both out. I was worried about her hitting the wall and she didn't know what the heck happened. (no boo-boos)

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I have thought about that, but, I am still going to wait a little while. She is still new to this whole thing, and sence she is a little older might be too used to what she had at the shop. She had a whole room to fly around and no one to handle her for long periods of time.

I don't exspect any miracles right away, and I exspected some bitting, ... but.... OUCH! lol ... I still love her.
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