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Old 07-08-2018, 05:11 PM
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Re: Gonna Foster an aggressive/paranoid Eclectus, I need some tips

First, thank you for taking on a behaviorally challenged bird. So often birds with seemingly aggressive tendencies wind up just getting bounced around from home to home.

No, I wouldn't clip him. Monica's advice for target training through the bars of the cage is right on point. Just pay plenty of attention to his body language and be careful not to push him further than he is ready to go. Here is a link to a great thread on bite avoidance: BRAINSTORMING: Biting Parrots

And I also agree about the gloves. They work out okay sometimes, like with Chris and his Parker, but for many birds it just aggravates their response. I remember trying something like that when getting my son to work with my female ekkie, Maya. (Maya will sometimes bite when dealing with anyone who isn't me. Still a work in progress on the socializing front.) So I wrapped his hand in vet wrap. Boy, was that a bad move! She went after his wrapped fingers like they were honey sticks! And unfortunately for my poor son, that beak goes through even several layers of vet wrap like a hot knife through already melted butter! Point here is, depending on the bird, the glove might stress him out or drive him to a point of acceptance via the flooding mentioned earlier. For other birds it might not really make much of a difference, but I tend toward just working with my hands when dealing with a new bird.

Oh, as for pinning, that's a complicated one that needs to be read in context. My ekkies pin for EVERYTHING! "Yay, he's coming!" (pin) "Oh no, he's leaving!" (pin) "Breakfast!" (pin) "Dinner!" (pin) "What the heck was that?!?" (pin) "Stranger Danger!" (pin) "He's going to the treat cabinet!" (pin) So if I considered pinning a definitive sign of biting, I'd never approach my birds. But it's all in the context.

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