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Old 08-26-2019, 09:31 PM
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Re: Teaching GCC fingers are not food?

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Quote: Originally Posted by YSGC View Post
Lots of good advice above ...

They know fingers are not food.
But they also know biting them is a way to control us, because we've taught them it is.

Reacting to a bite teaches a bird it has power.

They also hate boredom but LOVE drama, and biting a finger sometimes is a way to get a little show and attention.
My Pineapple does this a lot when he is in his cage. He will greet me at the front bars when I approach and when I try to touch him, he will always nip my finger. He also will perch on my finger as I stick it through the bars but then bends down to give me a nip. Drives me nuts.
I'm not surprised.

Pico considers his cage to be his sovereign territory.
I never offer him my hand there.

I use a stick to get him away from his home.
When his cage is out of sight he's a loving, cuddly, sweetheart lovebunny.

While there are similarities in species, individual parrots vary.
It's up to us to learn about, then respect, their idiosyncrasies.
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Old 08-27-2019, 10:29 PM
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Re: Teaching GCC fingers are not food?

Quote: Originally Posted by YSGC View Post
Lots of good advice above ...

They know fingers are not food.
But they also know biting them is a way to control us, because we've taught them it is.

Reacting to a bite teaches a bird it has power.

They also hate boredom but LOVE drama, and biting a finger sometimes is a way to get a little show and attention.
I'm probably taking him to the local pet shot tomorrow. I'll trim his nails and (probably) clip his wings. I'm aware of the training methods. When he bites, I leave him on the cage and walk away. But he can fly so he immediately lands on my shoulder again. I then try to remove it and he's actually pissed about getting grabbed. So I get bitten more and the cycle repeats. I've heard mixed opinions on locking it in the cage so I wanna avoid that.
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Re: Teaching GCC fingers are not food?

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"I think he treats my finger as the syringe."
That's exactly what I was thinking.
Oh wow, I just had a moment of brilliance! Oops, gone!
Kidding!
It is in your best interest to always have the little one liking a syringe as a food/treat source! If you ever have to administer any meds, you have a slam dunk method already in place!
I have those flush syringes all over the house, a bit of apple sauce, or baby food, and meds won’t be an issue! Potentially, a great tool for reinforcing target training!
And for you, a great diversion for controlling the nipping, and a comforting time for your baby!

Keep in mind, young parrot=toddler! Everything gets the beak test!
Makes sense, but that doesn't teach him the appropriate pressure to exert on my flesh...
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Old 08-27-2019, 10:34 PM
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Re: Teaching GCC fingers are not food?

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Clicker and bite pressure training techniques might help!

Clicker & Target Training
Bite pressure training?
That's actually very help thanks. One question though, is it better to clip the wings or is it better to lock the bird in the cage for timeouts. He can fly so leaving him alone without locking him up doesn't work at all.
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