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Old 08-18-2020, 02:40 PM
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Re: Unexpected hard bite!

Thankyou Noodles 123
She has no huts or anywhere to hide,doesnt go inside my clothes,she could probably use a few more hours sleep though,she gets about 10 more rather than less. She likes her bedtime routine,so will do it a bit earlier from now on. Shes been for a check recently as I was worried she wasnt eating her pellets,and she got a clean bill of health.
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Old 08-18-2020, 03:05 PM
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Re: Unexpected hard bite!

You are most welcome, I love this forum too (so much information )

If she will step-up, you can make a scale to weigh her (gradually, as it may scare her at first)--- just get a gram-scale like you would have in a science class, and use a strong glue (OUTSIDE---OUTSIDE...OUTSIDE) to attach a t-perch to it. Then zero it out with the added weight.

Make sure your bird doesn't contact the glue (even when dry), and make sure no fumes enter your home while it dries, or while on your fingers.
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Old 08-19-2020, 10:52 AM
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Re: Unexpected hard bite!

Just a quick update.
She was back to her usual sweet self thismorning,I was prepared for another bite,but made sure we did all the usual things,she got on my hand without the "step up" command,had a couple of tickle head scritches.
Thinking back,she would normally fluff up her head feathers if shes thinking of giving a nip,but that didnt happen.
Shes doing a lot of looking in her mirror,which is usually just something she bangs about,as its a noisy bell one.
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Old 09-12-2020, 01:01 PM
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Another 2/3 hard bites,my hands are quite sore. Its the no warning,Im getting nervous asking for a step up now. Shes also doing the little pinchy thing through my clothes.It makes you jump!
How long does a moult go on for,shes looking very bedraggled,nothing like the sleek bird in her pic.
The other question was, as she will only eat fruit apart from carrots,is it best to only give 2/3 times a week,in other words reduce her sugar intake,in case that is part of the problem?
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Old 09-12-2020, 01:13 PM
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Re: Unexpected hard bite!

I don't have as much experience with conures specifically, but my bird KNOWS when she bites me. Sugar can certainly increase biting behavior/hyperactivity etc. What do you do when your bird bites?
It's possible that you are accidentally reinforcing the behavior.
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Old 09-12-2020, 02:17 PM
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I normally say a big no, and put her away from me,with no eye contact. But its as if she doesnt know shes doing it? Like she flies straight back on to me as if nothing has happened. I know the moult is bad,I only have to look at her poor little thing. What a shame they have to go through this.
Before Connie I had a Cockatiel, he was a rescue and wouldnt let anyone near him,but I dont remember him moulting like this.
I had Canaries when I lived in Spain,and they didnt moult for as long as this. Of course they werent handled,unless it was for ointment on their feet. So this is the first bird who is really tame,and I love her to bits.
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Old 09-12-2020, 02:20 PM
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You have a big bird, I was very near to getting a Darbyan,but my OH has breathing probs so really the choice was Conures who dont give off feather dust as much.
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have you taken to an avian vet to verify that it is a moult?
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Old 09-14-2020, 11:38 AM
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The vet said she was fine, he weighed her as I was worried she wasnt eating her pellets,and he didnt mention the pins round her neck. What else could it be if not moult?
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Old 09-14-2020, 12:35 PM
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Re: Unexpected hard bite!

Hi,
Its molt time at my house too. I think, abd have found some science that burds need a little. Ump in protein at mokt time. Feathers are nearly all protein, and featgers make up a quarter of a birds mass. So adding a little biiked or scrambeked egg, walnut, boiled chicken just a thumbprint amount, cooked legume helps, and tgdy seem to crave it. Adding protein sure helps my burds, tgdy molt faster, never look ratty , and mood is better.
Offer chili peppers and bell peppers, nearly all south American parrots like them ( native to the area, and a natural food source ) also peppers have vitamin
A whuch is great fir immune system especially respiratory immune system.. Encouraging extra baths helps too.

My GCC would probably bite me ten times a day , if I w a bit abke to read her body language. Since I fo psy attention to her body language abd quick mood shifts I don't get bit.

There is always a reason you are getting bit. And as your burd learns that you dont pay attention to other communications, they use the bite more. Also they are fine tuned to you if you are nervous and hesitant it leads to bites. Im definitely on your side those needle tip beaks hurt bunches!

The things that help me and Ta-dah avoid bites. Very much I pay attention to her body language, if I bump a pin Feather, or move to fast abd surprised spooked her, I apologize, they understand apology or accident tgey really do. And we move past it, I don't keep hurt feelings, or make a big deal about it. If I'm not paying attention and I get bit, I say no bite in a firm medium voice, abd squint my eyes at her. Even tho its my fault I let her no bites aren't tge way to communicate. Then we go on as if nothing happened, birds squabble then they are fibe abd over it. If she bites again within a few minutes I say no bute abd tsner back to tge cage and put her away for five minutes. That's shunning abd it only works if tgdy want to be with you. I also brube her snd hand feed her treats a lot, because becoming fearful of hands seems to be easy for them. And I want her thinking hands are giid thing's.

This is a good all around articles
https://lafeber.com/pet-birds/stress...ot-companions/
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