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Old 08-03-2015, 12:25 AM
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Re: BITES? owner to be has questions

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I'd much rather be bitten by my mac than my sennies...
Hahaha! K1, that's only because you have the ultimate mush mac!
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Old 08-03-2015, 07:23 AM
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Re: BITES? owner to be has questions

Like Birdman said, controlling bite pressure - but also be able to RECOGNISE when a bite is about to happen!

The number of people I see who get bitten and say "Oh, I was only about to scratch her! I was only getting her to step up! I was only putting her in her cage!"

A bite means - I don't want that! I don't want to step up right now! I don't want you to touch me! When you have established a bond with your parrot, you will rarely, if ever, get a bite like this because hopefully by then you will be able to recognise when your parrot will bite, and it will have positive associations with stepping up and going into its cage. That relies on your training though.

Birds usually bite as a last resort, many things happen before aggression-biting...eyes pinning, bird backing away from your hand, bird moving its head away...these are all bird language for "Leave me alone!" or "I'm excited!"

Some birds will accidentally bite you, but the most common thing I see is birds that have been "trained" to bite.
Every time the bird is picked up it bites, because being picked up usually means "back into the cage" and the bird doesn't want that!

A new bird has no reason to be on your shoulder until it can be trusted not to accidentally bite too hard, and even then most birds shouldn't go on a strangers or childs shoulder.
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Old 08-03-2015, 07:27 AM
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Re: BITES? owner to be has questions

^^^^ That video (first one) gets my blood boiling each time I see it. ^^^^

You don't even have to be a rocket scientist to recognize that the BFA was highly miffed LOOONG before he/she took the plunge for the face.

My husband was nailed by our DYH over the weekend, and I entirely blame my husband, NOT Sam. I'm sure he'll pay attention to body language from this point forward. (Not in the face, the webbing between his fingers has been shredded.)
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Old 08-03-2015, 07:54 AM
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Re: BITES? owner to be has questions

I had watched all kinds of videos before getting a bird and when I watched this before, I didnt see it. When I watched it this morning, I thought the same thing! Wow look at those feathers, tail, pacing, noises. It really was obvious. HOWEVER, I would know not to approach the bird.... I wouldnt have guessed he would fly and attack
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Old 08-03-2015, 08:18 AM
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Re: BITES? owner to be has questions

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AYDqMR-63dM

Wow, I can't believe the violin guy. I'd attack him too.

I found this video, too. You're right, there are probably a lot of people who say their parrot bites a lot when really they just don't realize they're encouraging it. I don't like this woman with the camera.
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Old 08-03-2015, 08:25 AM
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Re: BITES? owner to be has questions

at least in the end he tells her to knock it off you aggravating that bird.
Yes, I am not sure how that can be viewed as playing. The bird was not happy.
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Old 08-03-2015, 09:30 AM
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Re: BITES? owner to be has questions

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Quote: Originally Posted by thekarens View Post
I'd much rather be bitten by my mac than my sennies...
Hahaha! K1, that's only because you have the ultimate mush mac!
Macaws generally just pinch, and then laugh at you. "YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO BE PAYING ATTENTION TO ME."

Sennie-Tude's latch on, and don't let go until sundown... "People have to be taught their place in the flock."

The easiest bird of all to bite pressure train is a macaw.

And the violin guy was ignoring every territorial intrusion warning in the book...

That bird was practically flashing a neon sign that said take one more step and I will attack you!
"Get away from me with that thing!"

And then... he has the nerve to look surprised, and obviously the amazon is just a vicious bird...
It isn't that you just did something incredibly ignorant. It's the bird's fault.)

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Old 08-03-2015, 09:32 AM
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Re: BITES? owner to be has questions

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Sennie-Tude's latch on, and don't let go until sundown... "People have to be taught their place in the flock."

Yes, Gollum was sure to put me in my place the very FIRST day she was home. Latched on to the ear and I had to pry her off. (I did look at snapping turtle names after the fact to possibly name her after one)
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Old 08-03-2015, 09:50 AM
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Re: BITES? owner to be has questions

Rule 1: Shouldn't be on your shoulder until the bird is trained, and you know how he will react up there.

They know when you are not in a position to control them.
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