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Old 05-15-2019, 04:20 PM
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Beaking or biting?

https://vimeo.com/336434037?ref=em-share
Please watch the linked video Iím trying to figure out if this is beaking or biting because this what happens most often when I get ďbitĒ. Note that the bird is licking me while doing it.


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Old 05-15-2019, 04:24 PM
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Re: Beaking or biting?

I donít know if the bird is interested in the cuts (the bird caused half of them) she also seems to like to lick blood after she makes me bleed.


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Old 05-15-2019, 05:16 PM
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Re: Beaking or biting?

Prior to seeing your additional photo, the viewing of the video looked like chewing. And, the photo clearly showed why, lots of past cuts and lifted skin, and scabbed skin around to chew on. So, my answer is Chewing!

The likelihood of being bitten would commonly increase when active chewing is allowed. After all its just the next logical step, right.

Licking blood is not recommended as it exposes both of you to cross-contamination on your skin and your Parrot's mouth /bill.
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:18 PM
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Re: Beaking or biting?

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Prior to seeing your additional photo, the viewing of the video looked like chewing. And, the photo clearly showed why, lots of past cuts and lifted skin, and scabbed skin around to chew on. So, my answer is Chewing!

The likelihood of being bitten would commonly increase when active chewing is allowed. After all its just the next logical step, right.

Licking blood is not recommended as it exposes both of you to cross-contamination on your skin and your Parrot's mouth /bill.


What can I do to prevent this behavior?


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Re: Beaking or biting?

Move you Parrot to a perch when this happens. Allow your hands to heal and consider wearing gloves while working.
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:26 PM
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Move you Parrot to a perch when this happens. Allow your hands to heal and consider wearing gloves while working.


Thank you for the advice. Would the shunning method work for this also? And I will say all the open cuts in that picture where caused by the bird.


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Re: Beaking or biting?

It may take some time, but you can break this habit. Do not let him chew on you. Put him back on the perch every time he starts. After a few times, he will get the idea. Maybe he likes the texture and taste of the skin, birds are weird, lol.
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It may take some time, but you can break this habit. Do not let him chew on you. Put him back on the perch every time he starts. After a few times, he will get the idea. Maybe he likes the texture and taste of the skin, birds are weird, lol.

I will say when he bites or chews Iíll stand up to put him on the floor to ďshun himĒ and he will try to climb up my shoulder or bite onto my shirt so I canít he will also try to cling onto the cage I canít put him back in.


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Re: Beaking or biting?

Not seen the "shunning method" use to correct such a mild behavioral issues like this. Commonly, a simple 'no.' If repeated, 'no' is stated again and the Parrot is moved to a perch. After at most a couple of minutes, Step-Up your Parrot and start over. Reward when no chewing occurs!

Looks like this may have been going on for awhile, so it will take awhile and an effort to stop it.

Commonly this behavior starts with a kind act of removing questionable stuff from it's buddy and builds from there.
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Quote: Originally Posted by SailBoat View Post
Not seen the "shunning method" use to correct such a mild behavioral issues like this. Commonly, a simple 'no.' If repeated, 'no' is stated again and the Parrot is moved to a perch. After at most a couple of minutes, Step-Up your Parrot and start over. Reward when no chewing occurs!


Looks like this may have been going on for awhile, so it will take awhile and an effort to stop.


Commonly this behavior starts with a kind act of removing questionable stuff from it's buddy and builds from there.


Itís been going on since we got the bird which was only 4 days ago.


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