Tell Me About Your Parrot’s Random Biting

Tell Me About Your Parrot’s Random Biting

 July 22nd, 2007
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Chet

White Budgies

This next week I’m going to be conducting a telephone seminar and providing a recording of that seminar, on the topic of how to stop random, freakish biting habits in normally nice parrots. And to make sure that call goes as GREAT as possible, I want your feedback!

So please share with me the challenges you’re having with your parrot’s random biting challenges, give details, and when I record the call I’ll try to include answers to as many of your questions as possible. Look forward to reading your questions and getting you back some EXTREMELY helpful advice on getting these issues fixed with your birds.

Chet

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463 Comments on “Tell Me About Your Parrot’s Random Biting”

Teri Abrams Maidenberg  11/11/2010 1:53 pm

Hi Chet,
I have an Amazon Blue Fronted Parrot he is now a little over a year and half we have not clipped his wings however he is getting very aggressive and I have your DVD’s but I can’t stop him from biting our face’s, ears and hands and he won’t “stay” on his cage when he is out of his cage he will either hop on our shoulders (me or my husband) or the stove which we are always trying to steer him away from or on top of the refrigerator which also isn’t ideal. Do we get him a mate? We have two parakeets and now he won’t stop landing on there cage! Trying to bite it- OY! He is generally such a good boy and he does talk, and sing with us and responds so well 80% of the time but that 20% really hurts a lot!!! So, do we keep on putting him in the cage and then take him back out when he calms down? Thank you, Teri


helena dennert  01/21/2011 10:35 am

please help me i have a 9yr old male umbrella cockatoo. we always have had a good loving relationship . one night he attacked me after we had spent the evening together and bit me several times i left him alone and returned in the morning he hasn’t changed even when i put food in his cage he came after me now i am afraid to even go near him what do i do just leave him alone awhile or try to talk with him he acts so different and just watches me


Susan  05/22/2011 3:56 pm

We recently got a 25 yr old green winged macaw, Calypso. While cautious at first, he seemed to become relaxed very quickly at our home, and wanted out of his cage during the day, off of his mobile perch, wanted to explore the house in just a matter of a few weeks. He was never made to feel “forced” into doing anything. He always was given the choice. Much patience, and time has been spent with him daily since his arrival, and he has been so gentle.
Then yesterday he attacked me quite violently. It was so shocking. He has always wanted to “be with the family” whatever room we were congregating in. I have 2 living rooms in my home, and we usually are in one, or the other together. And Calypso has a large perch in one, and his large cage with multiple perches in the other. He has moved back and forth, when he “requests it” between the rooms. For the most part, i only “move” him when he “asks” me to, if that makes sense, because i read that macaws like to have a choice and shouldn’t be “bossed around” all the time or they could become “nippy.”
So, he was wanting to move to the “living room A” when we all left out of “living room B” i THOUGHT, because in the past, he screams, “WHAT?” when he wants you to come bring him to the “group.” So i offered him my right arm, with the protective glove i wear. He appeared to normally and willingly step up as usual, which made me feel that i had assessed correctly that he was wanting me to retrieve him and bring him to the room where we all had moved to. Then suddenly as i walked through the doorway of the destination, he attacked me violently with his beak, just beyond the area where the protective glove ends at my elbow/beginning forearm area. He made SEVERAL skin breaks, scrapes, as well as full fledged strong large bites that ruptured vessels deep in the skin creating large swollen hematomas. It was just so shocking because he’s been so consistently gentle for weeks. Now, out of the blue, it almost seems that we are in a power struggle, and overnight, the very sight of me invokes extreme agitation and aggression. When he attacked me, I “sluffed” him onto the floor, and used a large pillow for him to latch onto, and i gently returned him to his cage. Blood was everywhere. It was a really nasty painful attack. I truly have no idea what set him off, why “me” or where the aggression came from, except it is spring/possibly natural mating season, but such an extreme attack? And, ever since he “attacked” me, he attacks me through his cage when i am changing water and food bowls and papers. I try not to react at all. I do not respond in any way. The problem is, i am the caregiver. I don’t know how I am going to manage. Is this a power struggle? Is he just now becoming comfortable enough to try to “take over” or something? If that is the case, what should i do? Or is this just part of a 6-8 week mating cycle induced behavior? Please help!


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Jeanine  07/25/2011 5:58 pm

My 4 month old lovebird, Ollie has recently begun to bite. My kids love to play legos and Ollie will always jump into the legos and pick them up one by one. as soon as my kids put their hands down near the legos that Ollie is playing with he attacks and bites really hard. He will also attack if I have my phone in my hand or anything else that he wants to chew or play with. How do I stop this behavior? Right now I’ve just been putting him into his cage as a punishment (he hates being in there). I usually leave him in there for 5-10 minutes. It doesn’t seem to be doing anything, but I really don’t know what else to do to teach him that this aggressive behavior is no acceptable. thanks for your help in advance.


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Beatle Treadwell  11/19/2011 6:31 pm

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Monica Maestas  11/03/2013 4:02 pm

I have a Double Yellow Headed Amazon, he is about to be 4 years old, and he was such a loving ,funny and interactive bird and has started biting, what do I do??


Sheila Nunia  12/11/2013 3:57 pm

I have a rescue blue gold macaw who is approximately 16 years of age. The bird was extremely under weight @ 1000 grams and massive loss of feathers in the tail shafts, as well as abused physically with hands and objects, and its nails and beak were nearly 3″ over grown from neglect of vet avain care. Although the birds weight is back to normal, it is still EXTREMELY aggressive in that it will attempt to OR actually bite. I have done ALL that I can to assure this bird that it will no longer be starved, abused or neglected. I have tried using nuts, eggs and other things it enjoys as training tools, but to no avail.
Now the bird is still being highly aggressive, punching its self in the face all the time and screaming.
How do i get the babe to stop attacking, punching its self in the face causing redness of the eyes and to TRUST again ?
in all of my many many many years of experience with exotic parrots, i have never had one so vicious and hurtful to its self.


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Mel  10/15/2014 8:35 am

Hi I have a Indian ring neck that’s 8 months old I’m his second owner also
We have made some slow but steady progress in taming and training but my biggest problem is the random biting he could be sitting on my shoulder whilst watching tv and he will bite my ear really hard it comes out of nowhere no boast walks in a room nothing changes I just don’t understand why ???
Tonight I decided that I’m just gonna egnore the biting so throughout the night here and there he bit me a few times but I had some treats in a small dish letting him eat out of it and as normal he nipped my finger I didn’t pull away but he bit harder and harder until he drew blood I tryed to engnore that but he came back for more same finger biting it harder and actually licking my blood I had to draw the line at that so I put him in his cage and wrote this please help me ????


Mel  10/15/2014 9:02 am

Hi I have a Indian ring neck that’s 8 months old I’m his second owner also
We have made some slow but steady progress in taming and training but my biggest problem is the random biting he could be sitting on my shoulder whilst watching tv and he will bite my ear really hard it comes out of nowhere no boast walks in a room nothing changes I just don’t understand why ???
Tonight I decided that I’m just gonna egnore the biting so throughout the night here and there he bit me a few times but I had some treats in a small dish letting him eat out of it and as normal he nipped my finger I didn’t pull away but he bit harder and harder until he drew blood I tryed to engnore that but he came back for more same finger biting it harder and actually licking my blood I had to draw the line at that so I put him in his cage and wrote this please help me ????


Kass  09/15/2015 8:09 pm

I have a 2 mo old umbrella cockatoo. She’s very sweet with me but every time my husband tries to hold her she’s ok for a little and then looks for things to nibble and bite on like jumps to nip his nose or for his ears or his fingers. His body language is calm, he’s doing exactly what i do with her, she seems to enjoy his attention and will talk to him but then will just turn around and get nippy. I’ve tried redirecting her behavior to something else but as soon as the something else is over she b lines right back to him to nip. she doesn’t SEEM to be doing it to be mean. More like affection until it turns nippy. He hasn’t been around her as much as i have but she seems to enjoy when he comes home, talking to him when he enters. She isn’t showing aggressive body language either toward him. Just preens his beard a little and then will reach to bite. He doesn’t react to her doing it or say anything. More than looking at me wondering what he’s doing wrong. I can’t really do touch training with her yet, or get him to as she’s still on formula and just starting to explore her food dish but not really eating it yet. So my question is what’s the best way from early on, to redirect an unwanted nippy behavior?