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Old 08-04-2015, 10:55 AM
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Re: BITES? owner to be has questions

Amazons and pionus' have a lot in common, and going for thumbs is one of them.
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Old 08-04-2015, 10:59 AM
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Re: BITES? owner to be has questions

Sally actually does a funny one when she she's uncomfortable with someone or something. She goes down to the crook of my elbow and sticks her head under my arm like an ostrich...

And if I linger too long around something that makes her uncomfortable, she'll pinch me in the ribs from time to time, to remind me that it's time to go.
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Old 08-04-2015, 12:56 PM
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Re: BITES? owner to be has questions

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I seriously doubt a pionus would use enough bite pressure on a person to require a trip to the ER, but they could easily cut a finger. (They go for the thumb almost every time. Remember that! Be aware of where you thumb is in relation to the bird when you step him up, ALWAYS TUCK THAT THUMB IN!)
I really don't know, that is just what I've heard from my Pionus group. I imagine when they bite full force in hormonal display it's about like a small Amazon like a White Fronted, or Cuban, or around that size. Raven is practicing and not fully mature, but maybe one day I'll find out and I'll let you know LOL.
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Re: BITES? owner to be has questions

Well a friend of mine had a pionus that bit pretty good, and the worst I ever got was one of those triangle shaped cuts on my thumb...

No ER required. Just soap and water. Put pressure on it with a paper towel until the bleeding stops. (Because manly men don't wear band aids!)
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Re: BITES? owner to be has questions

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Well a friend of mine had a pionus that bit pretty good, and the worst I ever got was one of those triangle shaped cuts on my thumb...

No ER required. Just soap and water. Put pressure on it with a paper towel until the bleeding stops. (Because manly men don't wear band aids!)
Superglue and/or duct tape works better, anyway.
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Re: BITES? owner to be has questions

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Well a friend of mine had a pionus that bit pretty good, and the worst I ever got was one of those triangle shaped cuts on my thumb...

No ER required. Just soap and water. Put pressure on it with a paper towel until the bleeding stops. (Because manly men don't wear band aids!)
Fastest way to heal a minor (cleaned) wound in a healthy person is to let it be exposed to air. The scab keeps it clean and bacteria out.
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Re: BITES? owner to be has questions

Then the macaw pics the scab off and you start all over again.
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Then the macaw pics the scab off and you start all over again.
LOL. That's funny.
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Then the macaw pics the scab off and you start all over again.
ewwwwwwwwwwwwwww
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Re: BITES? owner to be has questions

You've got some great advice from the folk here already, so I'll just share my experience with bites.

I've only been bitten twice in the last year with my pionus. She is a girl (even though I say "he".. didnt find out till February lol) so I don't have any issues with handling. I scratch/cuddle/etc her and she lets me pick up her wings to look at her feathers.

But when she did bite, she had no intentions of letting me off with a "pinch" warning. But she hasn't broken skin yet. One was my finger, the other was my neck (I blame my husband. She doesn't like when he has his hair in a ponytail, and he had his hair up and tried to pick her up. She said no, missed his hand, and got me.) Left a pretty bruise but I wasn't dripping blood like I'd expected. Just feels like you slammed your finger in the door. Lol
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